“Ladies and gentlemen, tonight we are gathered here to celebrate the life, music and love of our dear friend, our bandmate, our brother, Taylor Hawkins.” Dave Grohl told the audience in the show’s opening moments. “For those of you who know him personally, you know that no one else can make you smile, or laugh, or dance, or sing like he could. And for those of you who admired him from afar, I’m sure that you’ve all felt the same way. So tonight we’ve gathered family and his closest friends, his musical heroes and biggest inspirations to bring you a giant fucking night for a giant fucking person. So sing, and dance, and laugh and cry and scream and make some damned noise so he can hear us right now.”
From that moment on, music—what Hawkins performed and what Hawkins loved—became the event’s focus. One by one, many of music’s biggest names came on stage. Performances of Liam Gallagher, Josh Homme and Wolfgang Van Halen were some of the early highlights. Reunions of James Gang and You crooked vultures followed. Later, two of Hawkins’ greatest influences, Queen and Rushdelivered back-to-back sets. Paul McCartney Made one myself unannounced appearancethat gives a couple The Beatles‘classics.
The evening ended fittingly with a performance by the Foo Fighters themselves. Along with a rotating lineup of drummers—including Josh Freese, Travis Barker, Rufus Taylor, Omar Hakim and Hawkins’ son, Shane—the group rocked through many of the Foos’ biggest hits.
Photos from the entire London show can be found below. Another Taylor Hawkins Tribute concert is planned for September. 27 in Los Angeles.
Pictures of the Taylor Hawkins London Tribute Show
Rock’s biggest stars gather to pay tribute to the fallen Foo Fighters drummer.