Miley Cyrus Shares Voicemail From Taylor Hawkins Telling Her To Cover Def Leppard’s ‘Photo’

One of Tuesday’s highlights Taylor Hawkins Tribute concert was when Miley Cyrus came out to join Def Leppard on a cover of the band’s “Photograph”. But this wasn’t just a guest spot, as Cyrus revealed online that her cover of “Photograph” was actually the brainchild of the late Foo Fighters drummer himself.

Cyrus shared a voicemail message she saved from Hawkins in which he called her to tell her he heard she was moving. In it, Hawkins listened to the classic Def Leppard Pyromania cutting and encouraging Cyrus to learn the song and cover it.

“A personal request from the legend himself. #TaylorHawkins my friend, my idol… My neighbor,” Cyrus wrote. “Growing up on a farm, I could never see the light of another house nearby, but living at Taylor’s during the years I lived out in LA were some of the funnest times of my life.”

The audio finds Hawkins telling the singer, “What up Miley, it’s Taylor. Heard you moving. Waaah. I’m listening to ‘Photograph’ by Def Leppard. You could kill it. Make sure you learn it.”

She went on to add: “I miss Taylor as much as anyone. It was such an honor to celebrate him last night and perform with @DefLeppard. So lucky to have known him not just as a superstar but to have spent time to see him just be a father and a man!” She then offered up a video from her performance with Def Leppard, members of the Foo Fighters and Weezer drummer Pat Wilson, commenting: “Last night was the most special way to remember the MOST special person! @foofighters forever.”

Cyrus was on tour in South America when Hawkins died in Bogota, Colombia on March 25. It was an exhausting few days for the singer. Just before, Cyrus suffered altitude sickness and her plane was struck by lightning on the way to her performances. Upon landing, Hawkins was the first person she spoke to.

Cyrus was suffering from bronchitis and went ahead with her tour plans and period performed at Lollapalooza Brazil, she honored the drummer with the song “Angels Like You”.

“[Tonight’s] The show is in honor of my friend Taylor Hawkins. The bridge [badass] dude i know who wants me to shine and sing LOUD for the love of rock n roll! I got this with a little help from my friend TH above and all of you. Let’s do it,” Cyrus said, later shedding tears while adding, “I would have done anything to hang out with him one more time.”

Tuesday’s Taylor Hawkins Tribute Show at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles was the second event planned to honor the late drummer. It included performances from 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 much more. See the full set list here.

Rockers we’ve lost in 2022

Rock and metal musicians who died in 2022

Related Posts