Metal Supergroup cover Black Sabbath at Taylor Hawkins Tribute

Foo Fighters turned the gain to “11” by Tuesday night Taylor Hawkins Tribute concert at Los Angeles’ Kia Forum, blazing through two Black Sabbath covers with a makeshift supergroup featuring the Sabbaths Geezer Butler, Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich and earlier Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach.

Dave Grohl introduced the trio in a typically pleasant manner. “We thought, ‘Why not bring out some of our real fucking rock heroes?'” the bandleader said. “I have this guy, he’s a friend of mine, he plays drums sometimes. And I know this guy who plays bass sometimes and this guy who sings. So right now, let’s take Sebastian Bach, Geezer Butler from Black Sabbath and Lars Ulrich from Metallica!”

Bach brought his signature megawatt energy to the stage, prompting the crowd to shout, “Los Angeles, are you ready to kick some ass?” From there, the supergroup, augmented by the Foo Fighters, tore through Black Sabbath’s beloved Vol. 4 cut “Supernaut” and signature hit “Paranoid.”

They ended the latter song with a tag on Ronnie James DioThe Sabbath classic “Heaven and Hell”.

See Sebastian Bach, Geezer Butler and Lars Ulrich at the Taylor Hawkins Tribute

After the news of Hawkins’ death at the age of 50 in March, Bach shared a Instagram video of the two who rock out to Van Halen‘Everybody wants some!!’ at a house party. “Rock ‘n’ roll is precious. Life is short. Good times are rare,” Bach captioned the post. “Thank you, Taylor Hawkins, for your rock’n’roll life of giving us all good times.” Bach too shared the stage with Hawkins’ Chevy Metal during a November 2016 show to perform several classic rock covers.

Ulrich was also close to Hawkins, having hung out with the drummer when he and Grohl hosted “Death on the radio” world premiere at Metallica’s Death magnetic in 2008, where they chatted with all four members about their new album. After Hawkins’ death, Ulrich shared a photo of the two of them Instagram with a touching caption. “Thanks, Taylor,” he wrote.

“Thank you for always having the biggest warmest smile on your face and for lighting up every room with your infectious energy and good vibes. … Your phone call a week ago touched and inspired me and I will always be grateful that you fighting for our society as with your parting words … ‘Drummers stick together!’ Damn right bro. Except now society is less without you. Rest in peace.”

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