Sights From the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert in London
“Ladies and gentlemen, tonight we’ve gathered here to celebrate the life, the music, and the love of our dear friend, our bandmate, our brother, Taylor Hawkins,” Dave Grohl told the crowd in the show’s opening moments. “For those of you who know him personally, you know that no one else can make you smile, or laugh or dance or sing, like he could. And for those of you that admired him from afar, I’m sure you’ve all felt the same thing. So, tonight, we’ve gathered with family and his closest friends, his musical heroes and greatest inspirations to bring you a gigantic fucking night for a gigantic fucking person. So, sing, and dance, and laugh and cry and fucking scream, and make some fucking noise so he can hear us right now.”
From that moment forward, music -- that which Hawkins performed, and that which Hawkins loved -- became the event’s focus. One-by-one, many of music’s biggest names came on stage. Performances by Liam Gallagher, Josh Homme and Wolfgang Van Halen were some of the early highlights. Reunions of the James Gang and Them Crooked Vultures followed. Later, two of Hawkins' biggest influences, Queen and Rush, delivered back-to-back sets. Paul McCartney even made an unannounced appearance, providing a couple of Beatles' classics.
Appropriately, the night ended with a performance by the Foo Fighters themselves. Joined by a rotating series of drummers -- including Josh Freese, Travis Barker, Rufus Taylor, Omar Hakim and Hawkins’ son, Shane -- the group rocked through many of the Foos' biggest hits.
Images from throughout the London show can be found below. A second Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert is scheduled for Sept. 27 in Los Angeles.