Dave Chappelle discussed hosting Saturday Night Live in November 2020 at the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Show. Foo Fighters were the music guest, and they invited him to perform “Creep” at Madison Square Garden. Dave met Taylor’s son Shane backstage.
“I met a kid, who must have been 12 or 13 years old, and I asked him, cause he had skate shoes on, if he skated. And he said, ‘I don’t skate because I don’t want to hurt my arm.’ And I said what kind of answer is that? A simple yes or no would have sufficed. The kid said, ‘I want to be a drummer, like my father.’ In that room, in Madison Square Garden, even though I met Foo Fighters many nights, I felt like I met [Taylor] for the first time… It was my first time seeing [Taylor] being a dad. And what a cool fucking dad.”
“At the end of the night, we went downtown to the Blue Note, a jazz club in New York City. We watched Robert Glasper, and I listened to Taylor and his son the whole night talking about the drummer. And I remember Shane said to his father, ‘Dad, you can’t do that shit.’ I had never heard someone talk to a rock star that way. And Taylor Hawkins, as humble as he was, said, ‘Son, those are real musicians.’ Taylor Hawkins is a legend of a man, a legend of a musician, and a legend of a father.”
He also discussed the last time he saw Taylor perform, with his son Shane and Dave Navarro, as seen below.
Video of Taylor Hawkins, his son Shane and Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro and Chris Chaney playing Ziggy Stardust in November 2021, which Dave Chappelle referenced just now on #taylorhawkinstribute pic.twitter.com/N1OaYOlLvW
— Rock Cellar Magazine (@RockCellarMag) September 3, 2022