Foo Fighters closed the Taylor Hawkins tribute concert at Wembley Stadium tonight (September 3) with a massive set featuring celebrity guests including Paul McCartney and Travis Barker.
The memorial concert started in the evening and featured an all-star line-up throughout the six hours, from Liam Gallagher to Mark Ronson, Josh Homme to AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, and many more.
After a video of Hawkins’ performances and video clips over the years, Grohl took the microphone to begin the final part of the night. With tears in his eyes, the musician began a rousing version of Foo Fighters’ 2002 “Times Like These” with his bandmates, as well as Devo and The Vandals drummer Josh Freese.
After a rousing performance of ‘All My Life’, Grohl explained what the final set of the night would look like. “We’re going to play some of the Foo Fighters songs with some of Taylor’s friends – his favorite drummers and good friends – who are coming up to play with us,” he said. “So there’s going to be a revolving door of drummers coming up to celebrate Taylor’s awesome drumming.
“If you could see how many fucking drummers are back there – it’s like the local music store, it’s a fucking nightmare. But you have to. When it comes to Taylor Hawkins, you have to celebrate the drummers, right?”
Grohl then introduced Blink-182’s Travis Barker on stage, sharing the story of how Barker and Hawkins met. “Apparently Taylor met this guy when this guy was a fucking dumpster in Taylor’s neighborhood and Taylor started going to see his band play when he was a little kid,” he said. “Taylor always told him, ‘You’re going to be a star, man. You’re going to be a star.’ Years later, we went on tour with his band and now, he’s going to sit down with us for a few of the songs.”
Barker joined the Foo Fighters on stage to play the 2007 single “The Pretender” and 1997’s “Monkey Wrench”.
After Barker’s departure from the team, Grohl told the crowd: “Okay, we’ve got something very special for you now. Someone we’ve known for a long time, one of the hardest drummers I’ve ever met with my whole life. A long time ago, somebody sent me an Instagram clip of this amazing young drummer challenging me to a drum battle. He was like, ‘Dave Grohl, I challenge you to a drum battle.’ At first, I thought he was joking. , but he wasn’t. All my friends were like, ‘No, no, you have to answer.’ So, I got into a drum battle with this person and she proceeded to kick my fucking ass in front of everyone.
“Since then, we’ve been friends. So everyone has to say hello to our friend, the coolest fucking drummer in the world.” Then, the star invited Nandi Bushell, a 12-year-old drummer, up on stage. “Let me tell you, he’s the biggest rock star on the bill,” Grohl said. “I know we have Queen and Rush and all that shit, but tonight we have Nandi.”
Bushell supported the band on the 1999 single “Learn To Fly”, which originally appeared on the “There Is Nothing Left To Lose” album. The young musician sang the lyrics to the song while playing the drums and doing a short solo to close the song.
Queen drummer Rufus’ son, Roger Taylor, took up drums, whom Grohl referred to as “a loyal member of the Foo Fighters family”. “We’ve known him since he was a kid because Taylor’s favorite band was his dad’s band and his dad was, I think, Taylor’s favorite singer and rock star, and it was maybe your favorite,” he said. Together, Rufus Taylor and the Foo Fighters played 2011’s ‘These Days’ and 2005’s ‘Best Of You’.
“Putting this all together over the past three months, we’ve met some amazing people,” Grohl said afterward. “People I’ve never met before. One of them, the one I got on stage tonight to play bass, Miss Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders, who I think is the worst grief in the world. She brought a friend with her tonight , so everyone can welcome Miss Chrissie Hynde and our good friend, Mr. Paul McCartney.”
Hynde and McCartney walked to the front of the stage, with The Beatles star carrying a bass. “God bless Taylor,” he said. “Chrissie and I are going to do a song here that I haven’t done since we recorded it 100 years ago. I’ve never done it as a duet, but we’re doing it tonight for the first time.” Assisted by Grohl and the Foo Fighters, the artists launched into a cover of The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ Oh! Darling’. Omar Hakim, who played drums for David Bowie, joined the group on drums.
Hynde left the stage at the end of the song, and McCartney stayed behind to do another song, stopping to share the Foo Fighters story earlier. “Dave called me one day and said, ‘Taylor wrote this song called ‘Summer Rain,’ and he said, ‘We want you to play drums on it,’” the star shared. “There’s a group with two of the best drummers in the world and they want me to play drums. So I did. It’s a great memory.” The band then launched into a version of The Beatles’ ‘Helter Skelter’.
Hakim stayed behind the kit to perform “Aurora,” taken from the 1999 Foo Fighters album “There Is Nothing Left To Lose,” which Grohl said was Hawkins’ favorite song from the band. Hakim then made way for Hawkins’ 16-year-old son, Shane, to get behind the drums for “My Hero.”
“Now, we have the little one,” Grohl said. “Let me tell you that I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone beat the drums as hard as this guy. But besides, he’s a member of our family and he needs to be here tonight with us. think that it makes sense to come up and play.” During tonight.”
A photo of Shane and his father flashed on the big screen as the young drummer began a performance of the 1997 single. With Grohl cheering him on, Shane finished the song with a stunning solo.
The last set of the night ended with Grohl performing one of Foo Fighters’ most famous solo songs. “I hope you felt all the love from all of us and all the performers, as we felt it from you for Taylor tonight, so thank you all,” the front man said before the end of the series. “I don’t know what else to say. I want to thank the Hawkins family – Shane, Everleigh, Annabelle, Alison – for being here with us tonight.
This one’s for Taylor,” Grohl added, launching into the last song, 1997’s “Everlong.” See images of the entire Foo Fighters set above, starting at the -1.28 mark. 04.
Foo Fighters were playing:
‘Times Like These’
‘all my life’
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‘Learn to fly’
Earlier in the evening, 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 smile, laugh, 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.
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 .