The Foo Fighters were joined by Sir Paul McCartney at a special tribute concert for the band’s late drummer, Taylor Hawkins, at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
here are tears, cheers and heartfelt tributes from a host of rock legends as thousands of fans gather to honor Hawkins, who was found dead in his hotel room was in Colombia in March.
Sir Paul’s arrival was a surprise, sending the crowd into a frenzy when Foo Fighters singer Dave Grohl introduced him, along with The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde.
They played songs by The Beatles Oh! Darling and Helter Skelter.
Before performing Helter Skelter, Sir Paul said: “Dave called me one day and he said, Taylor wrote this song called Summer Rain and he said ‘we want you to hit the drums on it’.
“This group has two of the best drummers in the world, and they wanted me to play the drums. Me too.
“What a memory.”
Earlier, Grohl shed tears on stage when paying tribute to Hawkins.
Before introducing his daughter, Violet Grohl, and British musician Mark Ronson, Grohl said: “When we first started talking about putting together something for Taylor, we sat down and talked. even if it’s his best friends, that’s like 100 f***** musicians.
“Because Taylor loves to socialize and record with people and people. He likes to play music every day. And there aren’t too many people he’s never stuck with.
“So this collection of friends, family, and musicians, all brought together by him, and we are all connected here today by him.
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“Bringing musicians you’ve never met, musicians you’ve never played together, all in one place, at once, with all your beauties to make Taylor Hawkins noise.”
Liam Gallagher, frontman of Oasis, opened the event with a performance of the band’s hit Rock ‘n’ Roll Star, while Grohl played the drums.
Balloons bounced around the crowd as Gallagher immediately followed with Live Forever.
Queen’s Roger Taylor and Brian May, Rush, AC/DC singers Brian Johnson, and Nile Rodgers were among the other musicians who performed at the concert.
Hawkins’ son Oliver Shane Hawkins, pop stars Kesha, Sam Ryder and The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins also appeared.
Comedians Dave Chappelle and Jason Sudeikis also took to the stage to tell anecdotes about their relationship with Hawkins and his music.
In a pre-recorded message, Sir Elton John told fans to “never forget (Hawkins)”.
“He loves music,” he said. “He loves to play. He loves Foo Fighters. Tonight we will honor his memory.
“So let’s make some noise because he’ll love it. The Foo Fighters are one of those bands that always give 150%, they never give less than that and neither does Taylor. He’s an incredible drummer.
“He played on my last album, which I am very excited and honored. So tonight is to remember him, honor him, and never forget him. “
The event is a celebration of the late musician and the band’s first performance since the 50-year-old passed away.
Funds from concert tickets and merchandise 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.
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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