Dave Grohl pays tribute to Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters at a concert at Wembley Stadium.

Taylor Hawkins in January 2021
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Surviving members of the Foo Fighters performed at Wembley Stadium in London earlier today, joined by many other big-name performers. The event was the first of two planned tributes to Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who died in March. To put it briefly, it was a big and star-studded affair: The setlist included appearances by Dave Chappelle, Josh Homme, John Paul Jones, Liam Gallagher, Kesha, Nile Rodgers, The Pretenders, Krist Novoselic, Lars Ulrich, Roger Taylor, Brian May, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Brian Johnson, Stewart Copeland, Nandi Bushell, Paul McCartney, and others, in addition to Dave Grohl and the other members of the Foo Fighters—playing together publicly for the

Not surprisingly, the most emotional moments of the night came from the set by the Foo Fighters themselves, who brought in a rotating set of drummers to pay tribute to Hawkins. That included Josh Freese, Travis Barker, Rufus Taylor, and Bushell, who powered mightily through a version of the band’s “Learn To Fly.”


The final drummer of the evening was Hawkins’ 16-year-old son, Shane Hawkins, playing on the bands’ “My Hero.” Which, yeah: Hard to stay dry-eyed for that one.

Later on, Homme, Jones, and Grohl reunited their supergroup Them Crooked Vultures for their first time in 12 years:

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