Foo Fighters performed for a couple of hours at Wembley Stadium for a special tribute show for the late band drummer Taylor Hawkins last night. The whole line-up for the show has been leaked early, featuring a reunion of Dave Grohl’s Them Crooked Vultures. Grohl was seen crying during one of the perfomances.
Dave Grohl gets emotional during Taylor Hawkins Tribute
Grohl broke down in tears at the start of the song Times Like These. He paused to weep as he sang a stripped-back version without instrumental backing. A video clip from the event started surfacing that showed Grohl taking deep breaths and looking around as over 80,000 people witnessed the moment. Rami Jaffee’s keys set the stage for the song. By the end of the second verse, Grohl visibly breaks down in tears.
As the audience starts cheering him on louder, the vocalist gets through another “It’s times like these you learn to love again” with his voice breaking, before Josh Freese on drums launch into the explosion of the song’s last few minutes. Grohl then launched into an emphatic performance as the band played their hits Pretender, My Hero, and Everlong.
Taylor Hawkins, the band’s drummer since 1997, died in Bogotá, Colombia on March 25. He was 50 years old. On Saturday, September 3, together with the drummer’s family, Foo Fighters will celebrate Hawkins’ memory and music at a special gig in London. ‘The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts’ also take over LA’s Kia Forum on September 27.
The huge line-up for London gig was completed recently with Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich, Blink-182‘s Travis Barker, AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson, Kesha and Dave Grohl‘s daughter Violet.
They were joined by a huge first wave of acts for the London show which included Liam Gallagher and Mark Ronson, alongside Queens Of The Stone Age‘s Josh Homme, Supergrass, Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor, Wolfgang Van Halen, The Pretenders‘ Chrissie Hynde and many more.
When Dave Grohl cries, we all cry.
Heartbreaking to see him in such pain. #taylorhawkinstribute pic.twitter.com/WRqYD7Kn3L
— Stephanie Hirst (@StephanieHirst) September 4, 2022