Violet Grohl Opens Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert with ‘Hallelujah’ – Watch
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Violet Grohl, the daughter of the icon Dave Grohl, was the opener of the second and final Taylor Hawkins tribute concert.
The second concert kicked off on September 27 at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles following the first one in London earlier this month. The tribute show for the late drummer was being led by the Foo Fighters singer and surprisingly, the first act of the night was his daughter.
Violet has been showing everyone her credentials as a burgeoning rock star as of late. That night, she picked a song that is suitable for the occasion. Accompanied by the acclaimed guitarist Alain Johannes, Violet covered Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” with emotive rendition.
After the opening act, Dave welcomed the fans in the evening, saying that it was a chance to “spend some time in Taylor Hawkins’ musical mind, which could be a pretty terrifying place.” He expressed that the evening’s primary purpose was to “celebrate this person that has touched our lives.”
Performances from Def Leppard members, Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath, Nancy Wilson of Heart, members of Mötley Crüe, Chad Smith, Joan Jett, Alanis Morissette, Pink, Kim Thayil of Soundgarden, and many more were witnessed by the audience.
At the London leg, Shane, Taylor Hawkins’ 16-year-old son, blew everyone away when he played the drums for the Foo Fighters classic “My Hero.” For many who have attended the show, this was the highlight of the evening. Shane showed that he is just as talented as his late father.
Violet also did not just opened the show, she also delivered three stellar covers, with a duo of Jeff Buckley numbers “Grace” and “Last Goodbye,” together with her father, Johannes, Chris Chaney, Jason Falkner and Greg Kurstin. Lastly, she also did a cover of The Zutons’ “Valerie,” which the late Amy Winehouse famously popularized.
The funds raised at the Los Angeles show will be donated directly to the Recording Academy’s MusicCares.