Dave Grohl told the crowd that they'd see a "revolving door of drummers" honoring Hawkins. "When it comes to Taylor Hawkins, you gotta celebrate the drummers, right?"
The all-star Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert went on for over 5 hours on a weekday (Sept. 3), closing the night out with an emotional, enthralling Foo Fighters set at London’s Wembley stadium.
The show was a special tribute to the late percussionist, with a formidable variety of special guests throughout the evening. The Foo Fighters’ headlining moment featured several of the band’s greatest hits, motor-assisted by friends and family on the drums in Taylor Hawkins’ place.
Dave Grohl told the gang that they’d see a “revolving door of drummers” abidance Hawkins on stage with them and noted (to cheers all around), “When it involves Taylor Hawkins, you gotta celebrate the drummers, right?”
Josh Freese joined the cluster on “Times Like These” and “All My Life,” whereas Travis Barker — who Grohl recalled was in an exceedingly band however conjointly “a f—ing refuse collector in Taylor’s neighborhood” once the 2 initial met — commanded the stage for “The Pretender” and “Monkey Wrench.”
Next up was somebody that Grohl delineate as “one of the foremost bada– percussionists I’ve ever met in my entire life” and “the biggest vocalizer on the bill”: young drummer Nandi Bushell, who joined the Foo Fighters on “Learn to Fly”. “This fine young percussionist challenged me to a drum battle … initially i assumed she was kidding. She wasn't,” he said. “I engaged in an exceedingly drum battle and he or she proceeded to kick my a– ahead of the whole f—ing world.”
Rufus Taylor took the drums for “These Days” and “Best of You.” Grohl said, “We’ve identified him since he was a bit child as a result of his father’s band [Queen] is Taylor’s favorite band, and his father was i feel Taylor’s favorite singer.”
Before the Foo Fighters continued with their own best-of set, Grohl — teasing, “We got another very little surprise for you” — let one or two alternative superstars take the spotlight: paul mccartney and Chrissie Hynde, paul mccartney united for an unexpected duet of the Beatles‘ “Oh! Darling,” trading off vocals on the verses, before mccartney segued into “Helter Skelter.” mccartney disclosed he’d ne'er done “Oh! Darling” as a duet before weekday night, and extremely hadn’t performed the song “since we have a tendency to recorded it a hundred years agone.” “God bless Taylor,” he said.
Omar Hakim had motor-assisted Paul McCartney on drums, and he remained on stage because the Foo Fighters launched into their own hits. Of “Aurora,” Grohl aforesaid, “I suppose this next song was Taylor’s favorite Foo Fighters song.”
A touching highlight of the night came next. “Let Pine Tree State tell you,” aforesaid Grohl, introducing a awfully special percussionist to the gang. “I don’t suppose I’ve ever seen anyone hit the drums as onerous as this person … He’s a member of our family, and he has to be here tonight with all folks.” a photograph of Hawkins along with his son Shane was shown on an enormous screen, and therefore the adolescent joined the cluster on drums for a moving “My Hero.”
“I hope that you simply guys felt all the love from all folks and every one of the performers as a result of we have a tendency to felt it from you, for Taylor, tonight,” Grohl aforesaid because the night came to AN finish. “I don’t extremely recognize what else to mention.”
“This one’s for Taylor,” he said, last an excellent night of music with “Everlong.”
“Let’s hear it massive and loud for Taylor f—ing Hawkins straight away,” aforesaid Grohl.
Watch the complete show below.