New Orleans’ premier music festival ended its first weekend with the Red Hot Chili Peppers honoring the late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins by closing the show for his band.
awkins died March 25 and the Foo Fighters said goodbye to their seat at Jazz Fest, the first time New Orleans has held the massive festival since Covid-19 canceled it in 2020 and 2021.
Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith’s bass drum featured a hawk silhouette like the one tattooed on Hawkins’ arm on Sunday.
Taylor was written across it, reported The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate.
And at the end of the 90-minute set, Smith took center stage, with Hawkins’ widow and members of the Foo Fighters standing just backstage.
“We love the Foo Fighters and we love our brother Taylor Hawkins. It means a lot to us to be able to play for them,” said Smith, who then led the crowd and sang “We love you Taylor.”
The spirit of Jazz Fest 2022 was reminiscent of the 2006 festival, which took place eight months after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans.
The 2020 and 2021 festivals have been canceled by a very different storm – Covid-19.
The two-week event draws tens of thousands to the city’s Fair Grounds Race Course, where up to 80 daily musical performances perform on more than a dozen stages, complemented by arts and crafts exhibits and an array of booths featuring food from Louisiana and beyond.
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Jazz Fest attracts well-known acts like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Who and Lionel Richie, but it’s perhaps best known for showcasing a dizzying array of Louisiana musical talent, styles and genres – jazz, blues, Cajun, Zydeco and more.
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