The all-star Taylor Hawkins Tribute Live performance went on for greater than 5 hours Saturday (Sept. 3), closing the night time out with an emotional, enthralling Foo Fighters set at London’s Wembley Stadium.
The present was a particular tribute to the late drummer, with a formidable variety of particular visitors all through the night. The Foo Fighters’ headlining second featured lots of the band’s biggest hits, assisted by family and friends on the drums in Taylor Hawkins’ place.
Dave Grohl informed the gang that they’d see a “revolving door of drummers” honoring Hawkins on stage with them and famous (to cheers throughout), “On the subject of Taylor Hawkins, you gotta have a good time the drummers, proper?”
Josh Freese joined the group on “Instances Like These” and “All My Life,” whereas Travis Barker — who Grohl recalled was in a band but in addition “a f—ing rubbish man in Taylor’s neighborhood” when the 2 first met — commanded the stage for “The Pretender” and “Monkey Wrench.”
Subsequent up was somebody that Grohl described as “one of the crucial bada– drummers I’ve ever met in my total life” and “the largest rock star on the invoice”: younger drummer Nandi Bushell, who joined the Foo Fighters on “Be taught to Fly”. “This high quality younger drummer challenged me to a drum battle … at first I believed she was kidding. She was not,” he stated. “I engaged in a drum battle and she or he proceeded to kick my a– in entrance of your entire f—ing world.”
Rufus Taylor took the drums for “These Days” and “Better of You.” Grohl stated, “We’ve identified him since he was a little bit child as a result of his father’s band [Rush] is Taylor’s favourite band, and his father was I feel Taylor’s favourite singer.”
Earlier than the Foo Fighters continued with their very own best-of set, Grohl — teasing, “We obtained one other little shock for you” — let a pair different superstars take the highlight: Paul McCartney and Chrissie Hynde, who united for an surprising duet of the Beatles‘ “Oh! Darling,” buying and selling off vocals on the verses, earlier than McCartney segued into “Helter Skelter.” McCartney revealed he’d by no means executed “Oh! Darling” as a duet earlier than Saturday night time, and actually hadn’t carried out the track “since we recorded it 100 years in the past.” “God bless Taylor,” he stated.
Omar Hakim had assisted McCartney on drums, and he remained on stage because the Foo Fighters launched again into their very own hits. Of “Aurora,” Grohl stated, “I feel this subsequent track was Taylor’s favourite Foo Fighters track.”
A touching spotlight of the night time got here subsequent. “Let me let you know,” stated Grohl, introducing a really particular drummer to the gang. “I don’t suppose I’ve ever seen anybody hit the drums as onerous as this individual … He’s a member of our household, and he must be right here tonight with all of us.” A photograph of Hawkins together with his son Shane was proven on an enormous display, and the teenager joined the group on drums for a shifting “My Hero.”
“I hope that you just guys felt all of the love from all of us and the entire performers as a result of we felt it from you, for Taylor, tonight,” Grohl stated because the night time got here to an finish. “I don’t actually know what else to say.”
“This one’s for Taylor,” he stated, concluding an important night time of music with “Everlong.”
“Let’s hear it large and loud for Taylor f—ing Hawkins proper now,” stated Grohl.
Watch the complete present under.