Dave Grohl Breaks Down in Tears Mid-Performance, Plays Drums at Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert

Dave Grohl was overcome with emotion as he remembered his late partner and longtime best friend Taylor Hawkins during a tribute concert for the late rock star drummer.

On Saturday, the Foofighters joined a host of other celebrities including Dave Chappelle, Elton John, Jason Sudeikis, Liam Gallagher, Paul McCartney and more to honor and celebrate the life of the band’s late drummer, who died unexpectedly in Colombia earlier that. year.

Opening the star-studded event, which took place at London’s Wembley Arena, Grohl, 53, gave an emotional speech to pay his respects to Hawkins.

Taylor Hawkins

Taylor Hawkins

Eric Charbonneau/Shutterstock Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins

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“Ladies and gentlemen, tonight we are gathered here to celebrate the life, music and love of our dear friend, our colleague, our brother Taylor Hawkins,” he said in a clip uploaded to YouTube. “For those of you who knew him personally, you know that no one else could make you smile or laugh or dance or sing like he could. And for those of you who admired him from afar, I’m sure you all felt the same thing.”

Grohl continued, “So tonight, we’ve come together with his family and closest friends, his musical heroes and biggest inspirations, to bring you one giant night for one giant person.”

“Well, sing. And dance. And laugh. And cry and scream and make some noise, so he can hear us right away,” she added. “Because you know what? It’s going to be a long night, right? Are you ready?”

During a performance by Gallagher, the iconic frontman took his late colleague’s place, banging on the drums while the singer belted out one of Oasis’ hits, ‘Live Forever’.

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Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins

Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins

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Later in the show, as Grohl took the stage to perform his band’s classic “Times Like These,” he couldn’t help but break down in tears during the performance, while the audience continued to cheer him on to show his support. of.

Hawkins died on March 25 in Bogota, Colombia, shortly before a scheduled performance at the music festival, after complaining of chest pains at his hotel.

Ten different substances were found in a preliminary urine toxicology test, including THC, tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines and opioids, according to Colombia’s Attorney General’s Office. He was 50 years old.

The friendship between bandmates Hawkins and Dave Grohl went far beyond music. Hawkins called Grohl his “f-in’ life partner” in a recent conversation Entertainment Weekly before his death.

In his memoirs The StorytellerGrohl described the drummer as “my brother from another mother, my best friend, a man I would take a bullet for”.

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“When we first met, our bond was immediate and we grew closer every day, every song, every note we played together. I’m not afraid to say that our chance meeting was a kind of love at first sight that sparked a musical” . twin flame that burns to this day,” he wrote. “Together, we’ve become an unstoppable duo, on and off stage, pursuing every adventure we can find.”

“We were absolutely meant to be, and I’m grateful we found ourselves in this life,” she added.

Saturday’s concert is the first of two tribute concerts in Hawkins’ honor. The second event will take place at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles on September 27.

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