Farewell concert held for Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins
An emotional concert for the Foo Fighters drummer.
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On Sept. 3, a concert was held at Wembley Stadium in London as a farewell to Taylor Hawkins, longtime drummer of Foo Fighters, who died on March 25, hours before a performance at the Estéreo Picnic Festival in Bogotá. The show was broadcast on YouTube.
The show lasted almost six hours, and featured dozens of musician friends of Hawkins and the Foo Fighters paying their tributes. All proceeds from tickets and merchandise from the concert went to Musicares and Music Support, organizations chosen by Hawkins' family.
During the performances, one of the most emotional moments starred Shane Hawkins, Taylor's son, who took the stage to play the drums as his father did for the song "My hero."
"We have one more drummer coming up and playing with us. I don't think I've ever seen anyone play drums as hard as this person, but beyond that, he's a member of our family and he needs to be here tonight with all of us," said Dave Grohl, the band's frontman, when announcing young Shane's performance.
At several points during the tribute, Grohl had to pause due to the emotions of remembering his bandmate and friend.
Other major artists in attendance to honor Hawkins included Queen's Roger Taylor and Brian May, Rush, AC/DC's Brian Johnson and Nile Rodgers, The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, pop star Kesha, Eurovision sensation Sam Ryder and frontman of The Darkness.
In addition to the London tribute, there will be a second concert on Sept. 27 at The Kia Forum in Los Angeles. Other artists such as Alanis Morissette and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have already confirmed their attendance.