Last night saw the second of two tribute concerts in honour of the late Taylor Hawkins take place at LA’s Kia Forum.
The show featured a star studded line up including, Josh Homme, Geezer Butler, Alanis Morrisette, Joan Jett, Chad Smith, Mark Ronson, Miley Cyrus, along with Hawkins’ band Foo Fighters.
Other musicians who took to the stage also include Def Leppard’s Rick Savage, Phil Collen and Joe Elliot, Sebastian Bach, Brad Wilk, Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron of Soundgarden, Jon Davidson, Taylor Momsen, Pink, Leann Rimes and Danny Carey.
The show was opened by Violet Grohl, the daughter of Foo Fighters and Hawkins’ bandmate Dave Grohl. Violet took to the stage to deliver a moving live cover of Leonard Cohen’s classic ‘Hallelujah’. You can check it out for yourselves below.
Violet opens up the show like a true Grohl #TaylorHawkinsTribute @foofighters #Hallelujah pic.twitter.com/e6MKFVrD99
— Brandon Ortega (@Brandega) September 28, 2022
Along with performing at London’s Wembley Stadium, Queen’s Brian May, Rush duo Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee, Stewart Copeland, John Paul Jones, Wolfgang Van Halen and Lars Ulrich also performed in LA.
Nancy Wilson With Special Tribute To Hawkins
Another singer who performed at the tribute show also included Heart singer Nancy Wilson.
Wilson released a brand new single called ‘Amigo Amiga’, in honour of the late Foos drummer Taylor Hawkins, who featured on her album ‘You and Me’.
Wilson also revealed about her struggles with coming to terms with Hawkins’ death. The drummer tragically passed away in March aged 50.
“I spent quite a few sleepless nights trying to express it all”, Nancy Wilson said. “He was a wonderful friend and we always had funny pet names for each other like ‘Amigo’ and ‘Amiga’ as well as ‘Luv’ and ‘Dahling”.
“It is such a painful loss”, Wilson continued. “But it also feels like Taylor has galvanized and re-energized rock ‘n’ roll with so many of his musician friends and fans coming together,” Wilson added. “It’s a new renaissance Taylor and the Foo family have gifted us all”.
All proceeds from the shows also go towards MusiCares and Music Support UK.