“If you’ve ever seen a picture of Taylor Hawkins, he was most likely wearing a damn hat with James Gang on it.” Dave Grohl declared while introducing the group, describing them as “maybe [Hawkins’] favorite band of all time, Joe Walsh maybe his favorite person of all time.”
The classic rockers – with Walsh on guitar and vocals, Dale Peters on bass and Jim Fox on drums – then took the stage and delivered renditions of “Walk Away”, “The Bomber” and “Funk #49”, the latter tune featuring Grohl as second drummer.
In a statement before the tribute concert, Walsh revealed that Hawkins regularly asked him about his career. “Taylor was like my little brother, always asking questions,” the rocker explained. “He had an insatiable curiosity to play hard and loud like we used to do in the ’70s. We talked a lot about being in a three-piece, how we recorded The James Gang rides again and what life was like for a musician before he was even born. He thought I was pretty cool and the feeling was mutual.”
Earlier this year, it was announced that the James Gang would reunite for Walsh’s sixth annual VetsAid charity concert. Grohl will also perform at the event, which takes place on Nov. 13 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
In 2014, Walsh appeared on a track called “Outsider” from Foo Fighterseighth album, Sonic Highways. “I’m sorry, but how great does it sound to have Joe Walsh in the Foo Fighters?” Hawkins said in an episode of HBO documentary series about his band, also called Sonic Highways. “I mean, it’s pretty cool!”
“I’m going to be Foo Fighter for a few days,” Walsh shared Rolling stones back then. “You have to be in a good mood around those guys. It’s wonderful energy.”
Walsh also played guitar on Hawkins’ third and final album with his solo band Coattail Riders, 2019’s Get the money. Hawkins explained that the album’s title track was inspired by a conversation he once had with Walsh: “He basically told me a story about BB king. ‘I was lucky enough to know BB King and he told me I whined about being on the road with Eagles, and he says, ‘Are you making money, Joe? You have a nice house, Joe. So get the money.’ And when I called Joe to cry about being on tour too long and, ‘My legs are tired, my hands are tired, I miss my kids’ and all that, he said, ‘You know, get the money and close. damn you you spoiled brat.’
“That’s what the lyrics are – literally about myself and seeing a few people in my band. “You’re a spoiled brat and you act like you deserve this shit. You’re a grown man acting like a child.” It can happen, especially to rock’n’roll musicians on the road.”
ONE second tribute concert for Hawkins is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles on Sept. 27.
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