Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and AC/DC’s Brian Johnson will join forces at a Taylor Hawkins tribute concert at Wembley Stadium tonight (September 3).
The special concert paid tribute to the late Foo Fighters drummer with performances by Liam Gallagher, Mark Ronson, Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age, Supergrass, Queens’ Brian May and Roger Taylor, Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, Travis Barker of Blink – 182, Kesha et al.
The surviving members of the Foo Fighters Ulrich and Johnson joined the stage in the middle of the night. “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the stage our good friends Lars and Brian Johnson from AC fucking DC,” said Grohl. The two hugged the band as it came from the wings and joined the group for two songs.
This is amazing,” Johnson said as the musicians launched into a cover of AC/DC’s “Back In Black.” Justin Hawkins of The Darkness also joined the performance midway, taking Johnson’s microphone, before phrases exchange with the singer.
“Wow, yes that was fun!” Johnson exclaimed afterwards. “I enjoyed it, thank you.” Next, the group covered AC/DC’s “Let There Be Rock”.
“Taylor, I know you’re watching,” Ulrich said as he prepared to leave the stage. “I know you’re hearing this, I know you’re feeling this. We love you. On behalf of everyone at Metallica, nothing but love. Thank you Wembley, you’ll see you are early.” Watch the moment above, starting at the -2.46.30 mark.
Grohl and Hawkins’ Foo Fighter bandmates opened the concert with an emotional speech paying tribute to their late drummer. “For those who knew him personally, they know that no one else could make them smile, or laugh, or dance, or sing like he did,” the frontman said.
Comedian Dave Chappelle also recalled spending time with the rock star and his son in New York. “I have seen Taylor be a rock star many nights, but it was the first time I saw him be a father, and his father is cool,” he said. “Taylor Hawkins is a legend of a man, he is a legend of a musician and he is a legend of a father.”
Liam Gallagher made his live debut today, performing two Oasis songs with the help of the surviving members of the Foo Fighters, while Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith shared a heartwarming story about Hawkins in a special video message.
Grohl’s daughter, 16-year-old Violet, also took the stage to cover two Jeff Buckley songs, and supergroup Them Crooked Vultures reunited for the first time in 12 years. Supergrass also performed, and the trio reminisced about touring with the Foo Fighters and Hawkins in the ’90s.
Foo Fighters finished the night with a star-studded set featuring a rotating cast of drummers including Travis Barker, Nandi Bushell and Hawkins’ 16-year-old son Shane. Paul McCartney also joined the group on stage, performing two Beatles songs.
Hawkins, who was the drummer for the Foo Fighters since 1997, as well as performing in groups such as Chevy Metal and Taylor Hawkins And The Coattail Riders, died in March 2022. He was 50 years old .