Foo Fighters pay tribute to drummer Taylor Hawkins in concert in London – Tampa Bay Now

LONDON. (CNN) — A star-studded lineup, including Paul McCartney and Liam Gallagher, joined the Foo Fighters to pay an emotional tribute to the band’s drummer, Taylor Hawkins, at a concert in London on Saturday night.

Hawkins, 50, died in March in Bogotá, Colombia, hours before the Foo Fighters took the stage at Festival Estéreo Picnic. The band immediately canceled the remaining dates of their tour.

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Saturday’s concert was the first time the band had played together since Hawkins’ death.

According to the UK’s PA Media news agency, a tearful Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl told the crowd at London’s Wembley Stadium: “Taylor loved jamming and recording with anyone and everyone. He loved to play music every day. And there aren’t a lot of people he’s never played with. So this collection of friends and family and musicians, all of this was brought together by him and we’re all connected here today because of that guy.”

The theme of family was always present throughout the show. Sixteen-year-old Oliver Shane Hawkins joined his father’s band for a powerful rendition of the Foo Fighters song “My Hero.”

“Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve got one more drummer to come and play with us,” Grohl said as he welcomed Hawkins’ son to the stage. “And let me tell you, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone play drums as hard as this person, but other than that, he’s a member of our family. And he needs to be here tonight with all of us, and I think it makes sense for him to come and play with us tonight.”

Some of the biggest names in music turned out to honor Hawkins, including Queen’s Roger Taylor and Brian May, Rush, AC/DC singer Brian Johnson and Nile Rodgers. The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde, pop star Kesha, Eurovision sensation Sam Ryder and The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins also joined the celebration.

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In a prerecorded message, Elton John called Hawkins “an amazing drummer” and recalled him “playing on my last album, which I was so excited and honored by.”

“Tonight is about remembering him, honoring him and never forgetting him,” John added, according to PA.

Comedians Dave Chappelle and Jason Sudeikis also took to the stage to tell stories about their involvement with Hawkins’ music.

Saturday’s concert was the first of two celebration events honoring Hawkins. A second tribute concert will take place on September 27 in Los Angeles. Funds from the events will go to the Music Support and MusiCares charities, both chosen by the Hawkins family.

Hawkins joined the Foo Fighters in 1997, first appearing with the band on tour in support of their second album, The Color and the Shape.

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