Miley Cyrus Reveals Taylor Hawkins Requested Via Voicemail For Her To Cover Def Leppard
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The second part of the tribute concert for the late Foo Fighters’ drummer Taylor Hawkins in Los Angeles was as star-studded as the first part in London.
The audience witnessed performances from big names in the music industry such as Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson with Dave Grohl, Danny Carey and Chad Smith, Sebastian Bach with Lars Ulrich and Geezer Butler, Wolfgang Van Halen with Grohl, Justin Hawkins and Josh Freese and many more.
But looking back, probably one of the highlights of the show was when Miley Cyrus came out to join Def Leppard on a cover of the band’s “Photograph.” However, that was not an on-the-spot guesting as Cyrus revealed online that her performance with the band was actually the idea of the late Foo Fighters drummer himself.
In a tweet, Cyrus shared a voice mail from Hawkins that she have saved in which he called her to let her know he heard she was moving. It reads:
“A personal request from the legend himself. #TaylorHawkins my friend, my idol…. My neighbor,
“Growing up on a farm I never could see the light of another house nearby, but living by Taylor for the years that I did out in LA were some of the most fun times of my life.”
In the audio file Hawkins was telling the singer:
“What up Miley, it’s Taylor. Heard you’re moving. Waaah. I’m listening to ‘Photograph’ by Def Leppard. You could kill that one. Make sure you learn that.”
Cyrus added in a tweet:
“I miss Taylor so much like everybody else. It was such an honor to celebrate him last night and perform w @DefLeppard. So lucky to have known him not just as a superstar but to have spent time watching him just be a dad and a husband!”
She then offered a video from her performance with Def Leppard, members of Foo Fighters and Weezer drummer Pat Wilson, commented:
“Last night was the most special way to remember the MOST special person! @foofighters forever.”
Cyrus was on her tour in South America when Hawkins died in Bogota, Colombia. Meanwhile, Cyrus honored the drummer with the song “Angels Like You” in her appearance at the Lollapalooza Brazil. The singer stated:
“Tonight’s show is in honor of my friend Taylor Hawkins. The most badass dude I know who would want me to shine and sing LOUD for the love of rock n roll! I’ve got this with a little help from my friend TH above & all of you. Let’s do it!”
“I would have done anything to hang out with him one more time,” she added while shedding into tears. Watch her live performance below.