For six hours, the Foo Fighters and many other music stars commemorated Taylor Hawkins, the band's drummer, who died at the age of 50. In March of this year, Hawkins was found dead in his hotel room in Colombia. In addition to the Foo Fighters, Sir Paul McCartney, Queen, AC/DC and Oasis singer Liam Gallagher also played at the tribute concert.
But two young musicians stole the show from the superstars. Shane Hawkins provided a particularly emotional moment. The 16-year-old son of Taylor Hawkins occasionally sat at his father's drum kit when the Foo Fighters performed and performed the hit "My Hero" with the band. It was unmistakable that the son comes after the father - the teenager not only mastered his parts with confidence, but acted just as passionately as the late Foo Fighters drummer.
Comedian Dave Chappelle, who hosted the evening, also shared a touching anecdote about meeting Shane Hawkins backstage after a Foo Fighters concert in November 2020: "I met a boy who was about 12 or 13 years old." Because the boy wore skate shoes, he asked him if he skateboarded. Hawkins said, "I don't skateboard because I don't want to hurt my arm. I want to be a drummer, like my father." That evening he saw Taylor Hawkins as a father for the first time – "and what a damn cool father".
Dave Grohl's daughter also got her appearance on the big stage. For a cover version of the song "Grace" - originally written by Jeff Buckley in 1994 - the Foo Fighters frontman sat down on the drums, which he had played since the Nirvana days. The 16-year-old Violet Grohl took over the vocals and, like Shane Hawkins, won the hearts of the audience at London's Wembley Stadium and on the live streams. Grohl said it was Hawkins who brought the song to his attention - and that his daughter is "the only person I know who can sing a Jeff Buckley song".
Sources: Consequence Sound / NME