The Foo Fighters said goodbye to Taylor Hawkins on Saturday night during an emotional tribute to the legendary drummer. The sold-out concert at Wembley Stadium in London was the band’s first time playing without Hawkins. The drummer passed away last March at the age of 50.
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl had to swallow his tears during the first concert without Hawkins, who Grohl described as his “dear friend, bandmate and brother”. During the song Times Like These Grohl became visibly emotional when singing the lyrics “It’s times like these you learn to love again”.
“No one but Hawkins could make you laugh, dance or sing like he could,” Grohl said of Hawkins. “So sing and dance and laugh and cry and scream and make noise so he can hear us.”
Hawkins was found dead last March in a hotel room in Colombia, where the Foo Fighters were touring. His death came unexpectedly. No cause of death has been released, but the drummer is said to have had various substances in his body, including opioids, marijuana and antidepressants. It is not certain whether the drugs also led to his death.
Saturday night’s concert at Wembley Stadium was the first of two concerts in honor of Hawkins. His wife and band members organized the concerts, the proceeds of which go to charities.
The concert had a great rock line-up, including Sir Paul McCartney, Queen, AC/DC, Metallica, The Police. But above all, the concert was a family gathering. For example, Hawkins’ sixteen-year-old son Shane performed. He took his father’s place and drummed the song My Hero. Grohl’s daughter, whom Hawkins had known all her life, also performed.
“His energy and positivity and passion for life were evident every time the Foo Fighters took the stage. He wasn’t just Dave Grohl’s sideman, he was his equal – playing with a grin as wide as the Grand Canyon, and equally powerful,” writes the BBC about Hawkins.
Saturday night’s concert was BBC in the sign of love (for music), not sadness.