Taylor Hawkins’ 16-year-old son, Shane Hawkins, honored his late father Saturday evening with a robust efficiency of the Foo Fighters anthem “My Hero.”
Following in his father’s footsteps, Shane Hawkins passionately shredded the drums whereas Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl belted the lyrics together with the group. Earlier than the tune started, a black-and-white picture of Taylor Hawkins and Shane Hawkins appeared on the screens at London’s Wembley Stadium.
The present was a tribute to the elder Hawkins, who died in March at age 50 whereas in Bogota, Colombia, to carry out with the Foo Fighters. In accordance with the Colombian lawyer normal’s workplace, an preliminary forensic medical examination and urine toxicology report of the musician’s physique revealed 10 substances in his system, together with THC (marijuana), tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines and opioids.
“Ladies and gentlemen, we have one more drummer that’s gonna come up and play with us tonight,” Grohl advised the group Saturday towards the tip of the Foo Fighters’ set.
“And let me tell you, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone hit the drums this hard as this person. But beyond that, he’s a member of our family, and he needs to be here tonight with all of us. And I think it makes sense that’s he’s gonna come up and play with us tonight. Ladies and gentlemen, would you please welcome Mr. Shane Hawkins on the drums.”
The viewers roared as younger Hawkins took his place behind the drum set with a hawk printed on it and waved to the ocean of concertgoers. All through the efficiency, Grohl repeatedly turned to face Hawkins whereas jamming on the guitar.
“That’s right, Shane!” Grohl mentioned earlier than Hawkins closed out the quantity with a hard-hitting drum solo.
Additionally on the lineup Saturday have been Travis Barker, Kesha, Paul McCartney, Wolfgang Van Halen and Grohl’s daughter, Violet Grohl, in addition to members of Queen, the Police, Stylish, Oasis, Nirvana, AC/DC and Metallica. Moreover, English drumming prodigy Nandi Bushell — who famously challenged Grohl to an epic drum battle in 2020 and later performed with the Foo Fighters on the Discussion board in Inglewood — joined the band on drums for a efficiency of “Learn to Fly.”
On Sept. 27, the Foo Fighters will lead a second tribute live performance to Hawkins on the Kia Discussion board. Among the many artists set to carry out in Inglewood are Miley Cyrus, Joan Jett, Pink, Leann Rimes, Gene Simmons and Nancy Williams. Shane Hawkins can also be slated to return for an encore efficiency on the Discussion board, which — like Saturday’s present — shall be out there to stream on Paramount+. Proceeds from the concert events will profit two charities, Music Help and MusiCares.
“Tonight we’ve gathered here to celebrate the life, the music and the love of our dear friend, our bandmate, our brother, Taylor Hawkins,” Grohl mentioned on the prime of Saturday’s present.
“For those of you who know him personally, you know that no one else can make you smile or laugh or dance or sing like he could. Tonight we’ve gathered with his family and his closest friends, his musical heroes and greatest inspirations to bring you a gigantic night for a gigantic f— person. Sing and dance, and laugh and cry and f— scream and make some noise so he can hear us right now.”