Dave Grohl Gives Tearful Tribute to Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins

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An emotional evening. Dave Grohl broke down in tears whereas enjoying “Instances Like These” with the remaining members of the Foo Fighters on the Taylor Hawkins’ Tribute live performance on Saturday, September 3.

“It’s occasions like these you give and provides once more,” the Grammy winner, 53, tried to sing, along with his voice breaking on the ultimate two phrases. Grohl paused for about 30 seconds to wipe tears off his face, shook his head in opposition to the microphone and picked up himself earlier than returning to singing. Josh Freese dealt with the drum solo originated by Hawkins, who died in March.

Numerous drummers stepped in for the late musician throughout Foo Fighters’ songs. Travis Barker performed throughout “Monkey Wrench” and “The Pretender” whereas Hawkins’ son Shane Hawkins, 16, (born Oliver Shane Hawkins) was behind the drum equipment for “My Hero.” Rufus Taylor (son of Queen’s Roger Taylor) was drumming for “These Days” whereas viral 12-year-old Nandi Bushnell joined the band for “Study to Fly.”

Taylor died at age 50 on March 25. The Texas native was on tour with the band in Bogotá, Colombia, when he handed away. Shortly earlier than his dying, Taylor allegedly suffered chest ache, leading to an ambulance being dispatched to his lodge.

“The Foo Fighters household is devastated by the tragic and premature lack of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” the group wrote through a Twitter assertion on the time. “His musical spirit and infectious laughter will dwell on with all of us eternally. Our hearts exit to his spouse, youngsters and household, and we ask that their privateness be handled with the utmost respect on this unimaginably troublesome time.”

Alison Hawkins, who was the drummer’s partner and shared youngsters Shane, Annabelle and Everleigh with him, launched her first assertion greater than two months later.

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“As Taylor’s spouse, and on behalf of our youngsters, I wish to share how a lot you meant to him and the way devoted he was to ‘knocking your socks off’ throughout each efficiency. Taylor was honored to be part of the Foo Fighters and valued his dream function within the band each minute of his 25 years with them. We thought of each band member and the prolonged Foo Fighters crew our household,” she wrote, partially, on the time. “Taylor’s endearing spirit and deep love of music will dwell on eternally by way of the collaborations he so loved having with different musicians and the catalog of songs he contributed to and created.”

After her assertion, two tribute reveals have been introduced with one one at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday and a second set for September in Los Angeles.

“Tonight we’ve gathered with household and his closest associates, his musical heroes and best inspirations to convey you a huge f–king evening for a huge f–king particular person,” Grohl advised the London viewers on Saturday. “So, sing and dance and snort and cry and f–king scream and make some f–king noise, so he can hear us proper now. Trigger what? It’s gonna be a protracted f–king evening. Are you prepared?”

The primary live performance was actually a star-studded occasion, bringing in Paul McCartney, Liam Gallagher, Kesha, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson and plenty of extra for musical tributes whereas celebs together with Dave Chapelle and Jason Sudeikis shared anecdotes about Hawkins between units.

“We sat down, and we mentioned, ‘Even when it’s his closest associates, that’s, like, 100 f–king musicians,’ proper?” Grohl defined to the sold-out stadium of planning the memorial reveals. “As a result of Taylor cherished to jam and report with anyone and everyone. He cherished to play music daily, and there aren’t too many individuals he’s by no means jammed with. So, this assortment of associates, household and musicians, that is all introduced collectively by him, and we’re all related right here right this moment by that one man, bringing musicians which have by no means met, musicians which have by no means performed collectively, multi function place at one time with all of you lovely individuals, so make some f–king noise for Taylor Hawkins.”

Paramount made a livestream of the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Live performance obtainable and the present is available to watch on YouTube in its entirety, coming in at simply over six hours lengthy.

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