Taylor Hawkins, 1972 – 2022: Foo Fighters drummer who always stole the show
Description: This Blu-ray disc is the first of two tribute concerts for late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins took place over the weekend, with his surviving bandmates, Liam Gallagher, Queen, Travis Barker and Rush among the plethora of artists performing.
At its opening on Saturday September 3, the event was promised by Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl to be “a gigantic fucking night for a gigantic fucking person” – spanning nearly six hours with a set list of 50 songs. Find the full setlist below.
Kicking off proceedings, Grohl and the surviving members of Foo Fighters had their arms around one another for an emotional moment. “Ladies and gentlemen,” Grohl began, “tonight we’ve gathered here to celebrate the life, the music and the love of our dear friend, our bandmate, our brother, Taylor Hawkins.” Later, Dave Chappelle recalled spending time with Hawkins and his son Shane, calling the late musician “a legend of a man”.
Liam Gallagher kicked off the night’s musical offerings, performing two classic Oasis songs with members of Foo Fighters, while Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ Chad Smith shared a touching video story. Later, Grohl’s teenage daughter, Violet, took to the stage to perform Jeff Buckley covers, accompanied by her father, Queens Of The Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures’ Alain Johannes and Jane’s Addiction‘s Chris Chaney.
The night saw Them Crooked Vultures reunite for the first time in 12 years, while Supergrass performed three songs for their “huge fan” Hawkins. Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich and AC/DC‘s Brian Johnson joined forces on a pair of AC/DC covers, while Mark Ronson and Violet Grohl covered ‘Valerie’. Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor then joined Foo Fighters for a five-song set, while The Eagles‘ Joe Walsh led a reunited James Gang in their first live performance in 16 years. Calling them the “one band that I always associated Taylor Hawkins with” Grohl joined the surviving members of Rush, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, on stage to perform a handful of the band’s biggest hits.
The final set of the night saw Paul McCartney, Travis Barker, Nandi Bushell and Hawkins’ son, Shane, Rufus Taylor (son of Roger Taylor), Josh Freese and Devo join Foo Fighters on stage. A “revolving door of drummers” then performed ‘Times Like These’, ‘All My Life’, ‘The Pretender’, ‘Monkey Wrench’, ‘Learn To Fly’, ‘These Days’, ‘Best Of You’, ‘Aurora’ and ‘My Hero’.
The night concluded with Grohl performing one of Foo Fighters’ most famous songs. Before he began, Grohl said: “I hope that you guys felt all the love from all of us and all of the performers, because we felt it from you for Taylor tonight,” “This one’s for Taylor,” Grohl added before beginning the final song, a solo rendition of the band’s 1997 hit ‘Everlong’.
Among other stars on the line-up paying tribute to Hawkins were Wolfgang Van Halen, The Darkness‘ Justin Hawkins, Kesha, Nile Rodgers, Chevy Metal, and members of Hawkins’ own band The Coattail Riders.
Hawkins, who drummed with Foo Fighters from 1997, died in March 2022, aged 50. Foo Fighters also notably performed for the first time since Hawkins’ untimely passing back in March.
Live at Wembley Stadium, London, England on September 3rd 2022
Dave Chapelle open the show and addresses the audience and family of Taylor Hawkins
Nile Rodgers + Chris Chaney + Omar Hakim Let’s Dance (David Bowie cover) (with Josh Homme)
Modern Love (David Bowie cover) (with Gaz Coombes of Supergrass)
Chevy Metal Psycho Killer (Talking Heads cover)
Children of the Revolution (T. Rex cover) (with Kesha)
Justin Hawkins + John Lousteau + The Coattail Riders Louise (Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders cover)
Range Rover Bitch (Taylor Hawkins cover) (with Josh Freese)
It’s Over (Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders cover) (with Josh Freese)
Wolfgang Van Halen + Dave Grohl + Justin Hawkins + Josh Freese On Fire (Van Halen cover) & Hot for Teacher (Van Halen cover)
Violet Grohl + Dave Grohl + Alain Johannes + Chris Chaney + Greg Kurstin + Jason Falkner
Last Goodbye (Jeff Buckley cover) & Grace (Jeff Buckley cover)
Supergrass Richard III, Alright & Caught by the Fuzz
Them Crooked Vultures Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Elton John cover), Gunman & Long Slow Goodbye
Pretenders + Dave Grohl Precious (Pretenders cover) (followed by a tease of “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond) Tattooed Love Boys, Brass in Pocket (followed by a tease of “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond)
James Gang Walk Away, The Bomber: Closet Queen / Bolero / Cast Your Fate to the Wind
Funk #49 (with Dave Grohl)
Violet Grohl + Mark Ronson + Chris Chaney + Jason Falkner Valerie (The Zutons cover)
Brian Johnson + Lars Ulrich + Foo Fighters Back in Black (AC/DC cover) (AC/DC cover) (Justin Hawkins joins Brian Johnson for the 2nd verse and chorus) & Let There Be Rock (AC/DC cover)
Stewart Copeland + Foo Fighters Next to You (The Police cover) & Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (with Gaz Coombes)
Geddy Lee + Alex Lifeson 2112 Part I: Overture (Rush cover) (with Dave Grohl), Working Man (with Dave Grohl) & YYZ (Rush cover) (with Omar Hakim)
Brian May + Roger Taylor + Rufus Taylor + Foo Fighters We Will Rock You (Queen cover) (with Luke Spiller; Slow/Fast version with 3 drummers), I’m in Love With My Car, Under Pressure (with Justin Hawkins), Somebody to Love (with Sam Ryder), Love of My Life (Brian May solo acoustic)
Foo Fighters Times Like These (with Josh Freese, solo into full band), All My Life (with Josh Freese), The Pretender (with Travis Barker), Monkey Wrench, (with Travis Barker; Dave forgot some of the lyrics to the second verse), Learn to Fly (with Nandi Bushell), These Days (with Rufus Taylor), Best of You (with Rufus Taylor), Oh! Darling (The Beatles cover) (with Paul McCartney, Chrissie Hynde and Omar Hakim; live debut by Paul McCartney), Helter Skelter (The Beatles cover) (with Paul McCartney and Omar Hakim), Aurora (with Omar Hakim) My Hero (with Oliver Shane Hawkins (Taylor’s son) this performance is heartbreaking! Everlong (Dave solo; followed by all the performers taking a bow and a photo of Taylor above)
TOTAL RUNNING TIME IS 5 HOURS 38 MINUTES
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