Countdown Of The Best Parts Of The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Show
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The late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins may have left this earth too soon, but his impact will be felt forever. Soon after the news spread out about his passing, his family and former bandmates planned on doing a tribute show to commemorate the drummer.
He is a good friend not just to his bandmates, but also to the people he met along the way as a mentor. At Wembley Stadium on September 3rd, the first part of the show took place. The Foo Fighters shared the stage with the biggest names in the music industry. It was a night of six-hour set or 50 songs in total. Looking back, here are the 10 things we learned from the Taylor Hawkins tribute show.
Liam Gallagher was, is, and will always be a rock ‘n’ roll star
Knowing Hawkins, he is a devoted Oasis fan. As a way of thanking him, Liam Gallagher did the honorable thing in performing two stone-cold classics, backed by the Foo Fighters with Dave Grohl on drums. He opened the show after Grohl, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, and Chris Shiflett made an opening speech.
Josh Homme covered David Bowie
We also learned that he is a lover of all things Bowie, he was a superfan like no other. With that, Nile Rodgers, Omar Hakim and Josh Homme delivered a rendition of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” that would have delighted Hawkins’ infatuation with the Starman.
Taylor Hawkins in his truest form
Chad Smith and Dave Chapelle recalled how humble Hawkins was. Smith revealed that Hawkins is more than willing to help out young drummers in California, spending thousands of dollars a month on providing less privileged children with access to drums. On the other hand, Chapelle recalled when he met Taylor and his son, Shane. He described him as a humble and cool father when he first saw him being a dad and not being a rock star.
Rush and Queen proving that disbanded groups are still worth seeing
The show successfully made countless acts put their hiatuses aside to get on stage and pay tribute to their friend, Hawkins. Together with Grohl, Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee hop on stage to perform two Rush numbers. Queen, being one of Hawkins’ favorite bands of all time, also found time to get on stage and deliver a stunning set.
Violet Grohl’s reassuring performance
Another Hawkins favorite, Buckley, were also covered and performed on stage by no other than Violet Grohl. She did it as beautiful a poignant as the songs deserve, but she also put in a party performance too.
The drumming union is strong
The show clearly proved that Hawkins is a drummer’s drummer. Across the set numerous high-profile percussionists came out to show their appreciation for Hawkins. Aside from that, Shane’s powerhouse performance of “My Hero” will always be remembered. His son surely possessed an uncannily similar style to his father.
Dave Grohl proves that he can play every instrument better than you
Whether he was behind the kit drumming or picking up the bass, Grohl did play everything with grace. It’s a proof that he not only played on almost every song that we heard, but he nailed every single one of them.
Friends will always be there for you
The night was filled with those who had known and loved Hawkins. From the planning to executing, they have joined forces to give him the send-off he deserved.
It will be hard to catch a crowd in a show as big as this
With a show in Los Angeles that was able to gather biggest names in the music industry in one stage, there is likely to be another stellar line-up and a killer set of performers to beat this incredible event.
Taylor Hawkins will never be forgotten
It is not simply because of the performers, but because of the fragile intimacy of the people who made it that will never be forgotten. Taylor Hawkins was and will always be an icon.