Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl has paid tribute to his ‘bandmate’ and ‘brother’ Taylor Hawkins at a special concert at London’s Wembley Stadium.
Thousands of fans went wild when Grohl urged them to “sing and dance, laugh and cry” in honor of the band’s drummer Hawkins, who was found dead in his Colombia hotel room in March.
Grohl told the crowd that nobody could make you laugh, dance or sing like Hawkins.
“Ladies and gentlemen, tonight we are gathered here to celebrate the life, music and love of our dear friend, our bandmate, our brother Taylor,” he said.
“Those of you who knew him personally know that no one else can make you smile, laugh, dance or sing like he does, and for those of you who admired him from afar, I’m sure that They did it all felt the same.
“So tonight we’re gathered with his family and closest friends, his musical heroes and biggest inspirations, to bring you a gigantic f****** night for a gigantic f****** person .
“Sing and dance and laugh and cry and damn it scream and make some damn noises so he can hear us now cuz you know it’s gonna be a long shit.” **Night, right?”
Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher then opened the event with a rendition of his former band’s hit song Rock ‘N Roll Star while Grohl played drums.
Balloons bounced through the crowd as Gallagher immediately followed with Live Forever.
Later, comedian Dave Chappelle took the stage and shared an anecdote about the first time he met Hawkins’ son, Oliver Shane.
Speaking of an event at Madison Square Garden in New York, Chappelle said, “I went backstage and hung out with the Foo Fighters and met a kid who must have been 12 or 13 years old.
“And I asked him, because he was wearing skate shoes, if he skated, and he said, ‘I don’t skate because I don’t want to hurt my arms.’
“I said, ‘What the hell is that answer?’ A simple yes or no would have sufficed.
“The boy said, ‘I want to be a drummer, like my father.’
“In that room at Madison Square Garden, despite meeting the Foo Fighters many nights, I felt like I had met (Hawkins) for the first time. I’ve seen Taylor a lot of nights as a rock star but it was my first time seeing him as a dad and what a cool damn dad.”
He then introduced Queens of the Stone Age and Nile Rodgers performing David Bowie’s Let’s Dance.
The event is a celebration of the late Hawkins and his band’s first performance since the 50-year-old drummer was found dead in his Colombia hotel room in March.
Proceeds from concert tickets and merchandise sales will go to the charities Music Support and MusiCares, chosen by the Hawkins family, who helped organize the event.
Hawkins played in the band around former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl for more than two decades, alongside Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett and Rami Jaffee.
He joined the Foo Fighters in 1997 after previously touring with Alanis Morissette. Hawkins also starred with the band in their recently released film Studio 666.
After his death in March, the band canceled their upcoming tour dates and a planned performance at the Grammys.
The London show will be followed by a second concert on September 27 at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles, featuring artists such as Alanis Morissette and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.