The rough-and-ready efficiency happened greater than halfway by way of the Wembley Stadium live performance. Taking the stage earlier than it started, Dave Grohl warned the group: “We’re not even fucking shut – I hope you wore snug footwear! Please welcome to the stage our good buddy Lars, and Brian Johnson from AC-fucking-DC!”
“That is unbelievable!” Johnson declared earlier than Foo FIghters, with Grohl enjoying third guitar, launched into “Again in Black.” Justin Hawkins of the Darkness briefly joined in as properly, though he appeared to come across technical difficulties together with his microphone.
Subsequent, the band broke into “Let There Be Rock,” which proved to be one other tough however enjoyable efficiency. Johnson labored up an enormous sweat whereas making air-guitar motions nonstop and shouted “Taylor, this one’s for you!” because the music reached a detailed. “That was some noise,” he stated afterward as he, Ulrich and Grohl shared a gaggle hug.
“Taylor, I do know you’re watching, I do know you’re listening to this, I do know you may see this,” Ulrich stated. “We fucking love you. On behalf of everybody in Metallica, nothing however love.” Johnson could possibly be heard nonetheless laughing because the pair left the stage collectively.
Johnson and Hawkins crossed paths many occasions in the course of the late drummer’s lifetime. One occasion happened following the Grammys in Los Angeles. As recalled by Grohl, he, Hawkins and another members of Foo Fighters have been planning to exit to dinner following the awards present. Paul McCartney requested if he and his spouse might be a part of them.
“So then [McCartney] bumps into AC/DC in a resort or one thing. After which they are saying, ‘What are you doing after the present?’ And he says, ‘I’m gonna go have dinner with the Foo Fighters,’” Grohl defined. “And Paul stated, ‘Do you wanna come?’ So Paul’s spouse calls my spouse, after which my spouse says, ‘Hey, do you thoughts if AC/DC involves dinner?’”
Hawkins often lined AC/DC in his facet undertaking Chevy Steel. In 2021, he obtained to expertise the actual factor. Throughout International Citizen’s VAX LIVE: The Live performance to Reunite the World, Foo Fighters brought out Johnson as a particular visitor. The artists then rocked by way of an emphatic rendition of “Again in Black.”
Johnson and Hawkins additionally appeared in What Drives Us, a 2021 documentary directed by Grohl, which seemed on the highs and lows of life on the highway for younger bands touring in a van.
“Taylor was a stunning man, his smile was legend, his drumming intense and good, and he might sing as properly,” Johnson recalled in a press release previous to the tribute live performance. “Once we collect to salute this man and his household we do it as pals, we do it for him, and we do it together with his band the Foo Fighters, who I do know will do him proud. I’m honored to be a part of it.”
Though Ulrich and Hawkins by no means shared the stage, they crossed paths a number of occasions. Hawkins and Grohl co-hosted the “Death on the Radio” world premiere of Metallica’s Death Magnetic in 2008, the place they chatted with all 4 members about their new album. (Hawkins praised “My Apocalypse” specifically and stated it was his favourite music on the document.) Hawkins additionally interviewed Metallica on the second installment of the band’s Orion Music + Extra competition in Detroit in 2013.
The drummer flexed his Metallica chops throughout a Foo Fighters present in 2018, once they brought a 10-year-old boy onstage and performed a truncated model of “Enter Sandman,” together with snippets of “Welcome House (Sanitarium)” and “Wherever I Could Roam.”
Ulrich shared a photo of him and Hawkins on Instagram with a touching caption the day after Hawkins’ dying. “Thanks, Taylor,” the publish started. “Thanks for at all times having the largest warmest smile in your face and for lighting up each room along with your infectious power and good vibes.
“At BottleRock lately, I had one of the best seat in the home proper above you and as soon as once more stood in amazement watching as you effortlessly steered Foo Fighters by way of a two-hour competition set with the proper stability of swing, swagger, bounce and insane chops,” he continued.
“Your telephone name every week in the past touched and impressed me and I’ll at all times be appreciative for you championing our neighborhood as in your parting phrases … ‘Drummers stick collectively!’ Rattling proper, brother. Besides now the neighborhood is lesser with out you. Relaxation in Peace.”
A second Hawkins tribute concert will happen at Los Angeles’ Kia Discussion board on Sept. 27.
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