Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl expressed his gratitude to his “bandmate” and “brother” Taylor Hawkins at a special concert at Wembley Stadium, London.
Thousands of fans cheered when Grohl asked them to “sing and dance, and laugh and cry” in honor of the band’s drummer Hawkins, who was found dead in his hotel room in Colombia last month. Three.
Grohl told the crowd that no one can make you laugh, dance, or sing like Hawkins can.
“Ladies and gentlemen, we have gathered here tonight to celebrate the life, music and love of our dear friend, our band member, our brother, Taylor, ” I said.
“For those of you who have known him, you know that no one else can make you smile, laugh or dance or sing like he can, and for those of you who have admired him since far away, I’m sure you all feel the same thing.
“So tonight, we gathered his family and best friends, his musical heroes, and the biggest inspirations to bring you a great night. for a giant man.
“Sing and dance, laugh and cry and scream and make some noise so he can hear us right now, because you know it’s going to be a long time. ** night, right? “
Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher then opened the event with a performance of the old band’s hit Rock ‘N Roll Star, while Grohl played the drums.
Balloons bounced around the crowd as Gallagher immediately followed with Live Forever.
Then comedian Dave Chappelle took to the stage, telling an anecdote about the first time he met Oliver Shane, Hawkins’ son.
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Speaking about an event at Madison Square Garden in New York, Chappelle said: “I went backstage and hung out with the Foo Fighters, and I met a kid who had to be 12 or 13 years old.
“And I asked him, because he wears skates, if he skates, and he said, ‘I don’t skate because I don’t want to hurt my arm.’
“I said: ‘What the hell is this answer?’ A simple yes or no answer is enough.
“The kid said, ‘I want to be a drummer, like my father.’
“In that room, in Madison Square Garden, although I had seen the Foo Fighters many nights, it felt like I was meeting (Hawkins) for the first time. I’ve seen Taylor become a rock star many nights, but this is the first time I’ve seen him as a father, and what a great dad.”
Then he introduced the Queen of the Stone Age and Nile Rodgers, who played David Bowie’s Let’s Dance.
The event was a celebration of the late Hawkins and the band’s first performance since the 50-year-old drummer was found dead in his hotel room in Colombia in March.
Funds from concert tickets and merchandise sales will go to the charities Music Support and MusiCares, selected by the Hawkins family, who helped organize the event.
Hawkins has played in a band led by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl for more than two decades, along with Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett and Rami Jaffee.
He joined the Foo Fighters in 1997 after a previous tour with Alanis Morissette. Hawkins also starred with the band in their recently released film, Studio 666.
After his death in March, the band canceled an upcoming tour date as well as a scheduled performance at the Grammys.
The London performance will be followed by a second concert on September 27 at The Kia Forum in Los Angeles, featuring artists such as Alanis Morissette and Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
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