Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich reflected on his participation in the Taylor Hawkins tribute shows in September. Foo Fighters celebrated Taylor Hawkins’ memory and music at a special gig in London on Saturday, September 3. Hawkins, the band’s drummer since 1997, died in Bogotá, Colombia on March 25. He was 50 years old.
Foo Fighters performed for a couple of hours at Wembley Stadium for a special tribute show for the late band drummer Taylor Hawkins. ‘The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts’ also took place at LA’s Kia Forum on September 27.
Lars Ulrich opens up on the tribute concert
During an appearance on SiriusXM’s “The Howard Stern Show” this past Monday (November 28), Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich reflected on his participation in the Taylor Hawkins tribute shows in September.
He said: “The one thing in this band is the four of us don’t stray a lot. And I think a big part of the fact that Metallica, 41 years in, is still as functional as we are is because we just haven’t strayed a lot. Of course, Kirk [Hammett, Metallica guitarist] has gone and done his solo stuff, and James [Hetfield, Metallica frontman] did something with one of the Waylon Jennings kids a few years ago, and I’ve done one or two things, and [Robert] Trujillo [Metallica bassist] goes back to Suicidal [Tendencies] occasionally and Infectious Grooves, but we don’t stray a lot.
“Dave Grohl called me three or four months ago and asked me if I would partake in the Taylor Hawkins tribute shows at Wembley and at the L.A. Forum, and, obviously, before he was done explaining it, I just said, ‘Yes, Dave. I’ll be there. Just tell me what you want and I’ll show up with bells and whistles on.”
Ulrich continued: “Straying outside of the Metallica world is not the most comfortable thing for me. I think a big part of why we just love staying inside the Metallica universe is because there’s that safety in numbers, and we just support each other and have that thing. But playing with Grohl and the other three Foo Fighter guys, and then at Wembley we did, with Brian Johnson, the AC/DC singer, we did an AC/DC set, and it was so much f***ing fun to play.”