Paul McCartney, AC/DC, Liam Gallagher, Queen, Metallica, Kesha or John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) are just some of the artists who came together to pay tribute to Taylor Hawkins at Wembley Stadium in London. The former Foo Fighters drummer passed away at age 50 in his hotel room before a concert in Colombia. Despite all the big names she brought together for the night, the most emotional performance was that of Oliver Shane Hawkins, her 16-year-old son.
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“We have one more drummer to come and play with us tonight. I don't think they've ever seen anyone play drums like him," said Dave Grohl to introduce Shane. The teenager sang drums with the Foo Fighters song 'My hero' (My hero), composed by Dave Grohl and dedicated to “everyday heroes”. During the performance, with a solo by Shane included, concertgoers can be seen crying with emotion. The video has gone viral on social media.
The one in London was not the first time that the young man played with the band. Already showed gallons at the age of 11 in Los Angeles, that time with his father at a benefit concert.
It was the Foo Fighters' first performance since March 25, the day of Hawkins' death. Both Dave Grohl and the rest of the band members cried during the concert, unable to contain the emotion of the moment. "It's times like this that you learn to love again," Grohl said of his former best friend.
“We are here to celebrate the music, life and love of Taylor. He was always making you smile. Nobody laughed, danced and sang like him. I'm sure all of you who admired it from afar felt the same way. So today we are going to sing, dance, laugh, cry and shout. Let's make some fucking noise so Taylor can hear us," the Foo Fighters singer also said.
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The tribute ended with an emotional rendition of Everlong, as is the case with all Foo Fighters concerts; however, on this occasion only Dave Grohl sang, to end the concert which, according to specialized media, lasted more than 6 hours.
In addition to last night's tribute in London, there will be a second concert on September 27 at The Kia Forum in Los Angeles. Alanis Morissette and Red Hot Chili Peppers have already confirmed their participation, although they were not in London, they did send a message in memory of the American drummer.