Taylor Hawkins’ Formative Influences Shine at Tribute

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Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins was a rock’n’roll fanatic by way of and thru, and lots of of his most formative influences assembled tonight (Sept. 3) at London’s Wembley Stadium in tribute to the artist, who died all of a sudden in March at age 50.The latter portion of the live performance started with The Pretenders, a band Dave Grohl stated he and Hawkins “shared a musical love for” and “spent many an evening singing and dancing alongside to.” In The Pretenders’ first reside efficiency since 2019, the Chrissie Hynde-led group, augmented by Grohl on bass, tore by way of “Treasured,” “Tattooed Love Boys” and “Brass in Pocket.” “He liked me, however I liked him extra,” Hynde stated of Hawkins earlier than the latter track.

From there, the Joe Walsh-led James Gang performed favorites akin to “Funk #49” and “Stroll Away” in its first reside look in 15 years (Grohl will be part of them for a November charity live performance in Columbus, Oh.), whereas AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson carried out “Again in Black” and “Let There Be Rock” backed by Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, and the surviving members of Foo Fighters. The Darkness’ Justin Hawkins additionally briefly hopped onstage to help on vocals throughout “Again in Black.”

The Police’s Stewart Copeland assumed the drum stool for his previous band’s “Subsequent To You” and “Each Little Factor She Does Is Magic” with the surviving Foos. Grohl took on vocal obligation for the primary track earlier than passing the mic to Supergrass’ Gaz Coombes.

Returning the favor for when the Foos helped induct Rush into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame in 2013, that band’s surviving members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson led the best way on performances of “2112 Overture,” “Working Man” and the traditional instrumental “YYZ.” The final track was Hawkins’ favourite Rush track of all time, which he famously performed with the band throughout a 2008 present in Toronto — an evening which Grohl stated might have been among the finest of Hawkins’ life. Omar Hakim sat behind the equipment for that one.

The final set earlier than Foo Fighters took the stage got here from the surviving members of Queen, whose “Any individual To Love” was typically sung by Hawkins throughout Foos exhibits.  A variety of singers helped out on vocals through the set, with the Foos offering instrumental assist. The Struts’ Luke Spiller gave his greatest Freddie Mercury impression throughout “We Will Rock You,” whereas Roger Taylor sang “I’m In Love With My Automobile with Taylor Hawkins’ godson Lucas Hawkins taking up on drums.

Justin Hawkins dueted with Roger Taylor for “Underneath Stress,” whereas Sam Ryder took on vocals for “Any individual To Love” and Queen guitarist Brian Might performed an acoustic rendition of “Love of My Life” that was largely sung by the huge viewers.


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