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Dave Grohl pays tearful tribute to Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins

Dave Grohl pays tearful tribute to Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins

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An emotional night. Dave Grohl broke down in tears while performing “Times Like These” with the remaining members of the Foo Fighters at the Taylor Hawkins Tribute concert on Saturday, September 3.

“In times like these, you give and you give again,” the 53-year-old Grammy winner tried to sing, his voice breaking on the last two words. Grohl paused for about 30 seconds to wipe away tears, shook his head against the microphone, and collected himself before singing again. Josh Freese handled the drum solo originated by Hawkins, who died in March.

Various drummers substituted for the late musician during Foo Fighters songs. Travis Barker played during “Monkey Wrench” and “The Pretender” while Hawkins’ son Shane Hawkins16, (born Oliver Shane Hawkins) was behind the drums on “My Hero”. rufus taylor (queen’s son roger taylor) played drums on “These Days” while a viral 12-year-old Nandi Bushnell he joined the band for “Learn to Fly”.

Taylor died at age 50 on March 25. The Texas native was on tour with the band in Bogotá, Colombia, when he passed away. Shortly before his death, Taylor reportedly suffered chest pain, prompting an ambulance to be sent to his hotel.

“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” the group wrote in a Twitter statement at the time. “Her musical spirit of hers and her infectious laugh will live with all of us forever. Our hearts go out to her wife, children and family, and we ask that her privacy be treated with the utmost respect at this unimaginably difficult time.”

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alison hawkinswho was the wife of the drummer and shared children Shane, Annabelle and Everleigh with him, issued her first statement more than two months later.

Taylor Hawkins and Dave Grohl
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“As Taylor’s wife, and on behalf of our children, I want to share how much you meant to him and how dedicated he was to ‘knocking your socks off’ during every performance. Taylor was honored to be a part of the Foo Fighters and cherished his dream role in the band every minute of his 25 years with them. We consider each member of the band and the extended Foo Fighters team as our family,” he wrote, in part, at the time. “Taylor’s endearing spirit and deep love of music will live on forever through the collaborations he so enjoyed having with other musicians and the catalog of songs he contributed to and created.”

Following his statement, two tribute shows were announced, one at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday and a second set for September in Los Angeles.

“Tonight we’ve come together with family and their closest friends, their musical heroes and their biggest inspirations to bring you a gigantic fucking night for a gigantic fucking person,” Grohl told the London audience on Saturday. “So, he sings and dances and laughs and cries and screams and makes a fucking noise, so he can hear us right now. Because you know what? It’s going to be a long fucking night. Are you ready?”

The first concert was truly a star-studded event, attracting Paul McCartney, Liam Gallagher, kashametallica Lars UlrichAC/DC brian johnson and many more for music tributes while celebrities like David Chapelle Y Jason Sudeikis shared anecdotes about Hawkins between sets.

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“We sat down and said, ‘Even if they’re your closest friends, they’re like 100 fucking musicians, right? Grohl explained to the sold-out stadium the planning of the memorial shows. “Because Taylor loved jamming and recording with anyone and everyone. He loved to play music every day, and there aren’t a lot of people he’s never played with. So this collection of friends, family, and musicians, all of this was brought together by him, and we’re all connected here today by that guy, bringing musicians that have never met, musicians that have never played together, all in one place. in a moment with all of you beautiful people, so make a goddamn noise for Taylor Hawkins.”

Paramount made available a live broadcast of the Taylor Hawkins tribute concert and the show is available to watch on YouTube in its entirety, lasting just over six hours.

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