Tearful Dave Grohl plays first Foo Fighters song without Taylor Hawkins

The moment had to come, and when it did, it was met with a strong emotional weight. That Foo Fightershaving supported a host of artists on Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert, would ultimately have to perform one of their own songs for the first time since Hawkins’ death earlier in the year, and the chosen song would be “Times Like These”.

As the band took the stage, the weight of the moment seemed to overwhelm Dave Grohl, with the audience cheering him through this difficult moment. After a head nod to the microphone and a deep breath, Grohl initially only sang backing to Rami Jaffee’s church-sounding keys and sang the opening notes. With each lyric sounding as clear as it ever has, the lyrics read, “Do I stay or do I run away and leave it all behind?” seemed to hit a little hard with Grohl having a tearful moment on stage that required a break before breaking through with a crack in his vocals. The singer’s head bowed as he looked out to the crowd where the hawk emblem was illuminated.

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But once the somber part of the song was replaced by the whole band rocking out, it was back to a celebration of playing again and paying tribute to Hawkins. Sitting with the band during the first two songs of their set was Josh Freese on drums, with the band then rocking through “All My Life”.

Grohl then revealed that a group of drummers would sit in while they played some of their favorite Foos songs. Travis Barker got first crack, playing on “The Pretender” and “Monkey Wrench”, finishing with an impressive drum solo at the end of the latter track.

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The band then brought out Dave Grohl’s drumming nemesis-turned-friend Nandi Bushell, who sat behind the kit while the band performed “Learn to Fly”. Bushell came to the stage wearing a jacket with a Hawkins patch on the back.

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Bushell gave way to The darknessRufus Tiger Taylor as the band played the emotional “One of These Days”, which seemed an appropriate number given the occasion. He then stuck around to power the band through “Best of You” as the crowd erupted into a resounding sing-along.

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After a short break as Paul McCartney and Chrissie Hynde performed “Oh Darling” and then offered up some “Helter Skelter”, it was drummer Omar Hakim’s time behind the set. He first sat in with the Foos on a song that Grohl revealed was Hawkins’ favorite Foo Fighters song, “Aurora.”

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And one of the night’s most impactful and powerful moments included the Foo Fighters bringing Taylor Hawkins’ son Shane on stage to perform “My Hero.” Letting Shane count it out, it’s clear that son Shane is following in his father’s footsteps. The evening ended with Dave Grohl leading the crowd with the traditional show closer “Everlong”.

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Check out Foo Fighters’ setlist from the show below.

Foo Fighters Setlist at Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert 2022

1. Times Like These (with Josh Freese)
2. All My Life (with Josh Freese)
3. The Pretender (with Travis Barker)
4. Monkey Wrench (with Travis Barker)
5. Learn to Fly (with Nandi Bushell)
6. One of These Days (with Rufus Taylor)
7. Best of You (with Rufus Taylor)
8. Oh Darling (Beatles Cover) (With Paul McCartney, Chrissie Hynde and Omar Hakim)
9. Helter Skelter (Beatles cover) (with Paul McCartney and Omar Hakim)
10. Aurora (with Omar Hakim)
11. My Hero (with Shane Hawkins)
12. Everlong (Dave Grohl solo)

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