Even Paul McCartney pays tribute to Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins at emotional tribute concert


A tribute concert for drummer Taylor Hawkins at the Lollapalooza festival in Brazil last March.Image EPA

The memorial show for Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins goes on Saturday night around 5pm, and a sold-out Wembley in London has already had to swallow many tears, with many world stars giving a final word to the deceased. But then there is also the one world star in the outdoor category, announced almost carelessly by master of ceremonies Dave Grohl.

Is it really Paul McCartney? Yes, it really is Paul McCartney. The Beatle also apparently saw fit to say goodbye to the Foo Fighters drummer on a night that, thanks in part to him, is becoming ever more memorable. McCartney (80), equipped with his Höfner bass, performs the song with Foo Fighters and also drummer Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders Oh! treasure i. It’s another shocker, because that song from the album Abbey Road from 1970, McCartney has never played live before. So there the public’s 80,000 telephone lights turn on again, and the football and music temple Wembley turns into a starry sky again.

Paul McCartney at Glastonbury Festival in 2022. Image Getty

Paul McCartney at Glastonbury Festival in 2022.Image Getty

When the two memorial shows for Taylor Hawkins were announced in early June, it caused quite a bit of excitement and surprise. Of course, the drummer, who died in March at the age of 50, was a beloved member of a still much-loved band. But a six-hour show at Wembley and then at the Kia Forum stadium in Los Angeles, with a parade of greats coming to say goodbye, wasn’t it almost too much honour?

The only pop musician to receive such a colossal memorial service was Freddie Mercury: also at Wembley in 1992. And the other famous drummer who passed away this year, Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones, had to settle for some nice words from his remains. band members who happened to be on tour again.

The death of Taylor Hawkins, possibly caused by drug use in a hotel in Colombia, touched the music world. Because of course he was a tough rock drummer, but also because he was a beautiful personality who played with frontman Dave Grohl at Foo Fighters concerts. The two constantly joked with each other, a bit like reporter and finisher. Hawkins often told his own story during the big shows of the American rock band, usually with devastating and rather long drum solos. In short, he was more than a drummer.

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And on Saturday night, the biggest musicians testify to this, sometimes on stage, sometimes in a video message. Drummer Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers says that when his career boomed, Hawkins often bought half-empty drum shops. Not for himself, but for young people from the neighborhood, whom he wanted to get on the right drumming path. So he was that kind of boy.

Dave Grohl is also remembered tirelessly. ‘He introduced me to records that I would never have discovered otherwise. mercy from Jeff Buckley, for example.’ After which Grohl the very appropriate Last goodbye van Buckley played guitar, with his daughter Violet behind the microphone.

This is how the first part of the tribute show goes: Anecdotes are collected, with a smile and a tear. One or another family appears left and right on the stage to sing or play along: this is allowed, for it is a farewell ceremony. But most of all, there are names that you would never have expected to have anything to do with Taylor Hawkins. And that series of quite historic performances not only creates atmosphere, but also musical excitement.

For example, singer Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age performed Lets dance by David Bowie with Nile Rodgers from Chic. Beautifully sung, and what a cheerful band combination. Guitarist Wolfgang Van Halen Secretly Commemorates His Own Late Father Eddie With a Gigantic Performance of Van Halen’s Hot for the teacher. Also beautiful: a blast hard Back in black from AC/DC with Dave Grohl, vocalist Brian Johnson from AC/DC and drummer Lars Ulrich from Metallica: you’ll never see that group again in that line-up.

And then the tribute to Hawkins gradually turns into a kind of Live Aid: a dazzling show at Wembley Arena with a unique line-up and a sentimental chart.

The commemoration is increasingly taking on the character of a farewell to an era, especially thanks to all the legendary rock acts passing by: from Rush to The Pretenders and the inevitable Queen. Guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor make the stadium howl Somebody to Lovewith a perfect song by Eurovision Jury Prize winner Sam Ryder.

Taylor Hawkins in 2016 in Los Angeles.  Image Getty

Taylor Hawkins in 2016 in Los Angeles.Image Getty

The Foo Fighters themselves close the show, drawing the last tears from the stadium as Oliver Shane Hawkins, the late Taylor’s 16-year-old son, takes his place behind his father’s drum kit. Dave Grohl can’t take it anymore and sobs through the battle Times like these to. But then Paul McCartney picks up the pieces, with a nice rattling performance Helter-skelter from The Beatles. Goosebumps now rage through the arena.

For example, Wembley says goodbye to perhaps ‘just a drummer’, but the stadium secretly celebrates above all an extravagant and immodest celebration of music, from an almost bygone era.

Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins tribute show will be streamed live on YouTube and repeated on September 27 in Los Angeles.

Audition

The Taylor Hawkins tribute show was like a public audition for a new drummer. Wonderful was a replacement by 12-year-old Nandi Bushell, a drumming British YouTube personality who bravely battled her way through the Foo Fighters hit. Learning to fly struck.

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