A huge tribute concert to the late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins took over Wembley Stadium in London over the weekend and featured a revolving door of special guests who came to celebrate his life. There was nothing more special than Hawkins’ son Shane Hawkin sat behind his dad’s kit to blast a track that made my heart cry.
His dad’s 16-year-old spit jumped behind the skins late in the night and slammed the Foos classic “My Hero” with his dad’s bandmates.
“Now, ladies and gentlemen, we have one more drummer coming to play with us,” Dave Grohl said as he introduced Shane.
“Uh, let me tell you. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone hit the drums as hard as this person. But beyond that, he’s a member of our family and he needs to be here tonight with all of us. I think it makes sense for him to come and play with us tonight.
You know what? This kid can fuck to play. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in the Hawkins family, does it? Shane – just like his dad – absolutely beats the crap out of this kit like he owes him money.
That mop of hair, the gnashing of teeth, and phenomenal hand-eye coordination — there’s no doubt in my mind that he’s the offspring of Taylor Hawkins.
This isn’t the first time Hawkins Jr has performed Foo Fighters’ jaw-dropping track live since his father passed away. He previously did a guest spot with young Californian surf punk band The Alive atop a garage on July 4th.
Little difference playing in front of 100 people at a potluck and 90,000 bettors in a packed stadium, but I love that he played with the same energy regardless.
The Foo Fighters tribute concert also hosted a bunch of other big name artists like Marc Ronsonby Metallica Lars Ulrich, Keshaof the Queen Brian Maystone age queens Josh Man and Led Zeppelin John Paul Jones (for a Them Crooked Vultures reunion) and Dave’s daughter Violet Grohl.
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