Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins would’ve turned 51 today (February 17.) In addition to his talent behind the kit, he was also a very funny guy. One of his funnier moments came in September 2017.
The band was taking part in “Carpool Karaoke” on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Whenever a rock artist was in the car with Corden, it was a big deal. More often than not, the segment was usually dominated by pop stars.
The highlight of the segment culminates with a visit to Guitar Center for a spontaneous jam. When the Foos and Corden pull up to the store, they’re greeted by a massive photo of Hawkins above the music store’s entrance. It was easily one of the best organic laughs in the entire segment.
The ensuing jam is also pretty great, and it includes Rick Astley. The ’80s pop singer was popping up during Foo Fighters shows at that time when they were touring overseas.
Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert: Photos from the London Show
In memory of the first anniversary of the passing of Taylor Hawkins on March 25, we’re looking back on the two tribute concerts organized by the Foo Fighters. The London and Los Angeles shows were incredible events full of light and love. They were reflections of Hawkins, himself. Foo fans the world over will forever miss and remember one incredible drummer and ambassador for rock music.
We send our thoughts to the family and friends of Taylor Hawkins on this anniversary and every day they miss the unique force he was.
The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday, September 3 will likely go down as one of the most emotional and cathartic moments in rock in 2022.
The stacked bill featured some of the late Foo Fighters drummer’s best friends, biggest influences and peers. Combined, those artists delivered an incredible six-hour show. It’s one the thousands in attendance and those watching around the world won’t soon forget. The Foo Fighters, themselves, delivered an incredible set where they were joined by a number of different drummers. Among them were Josh Freese, Travis Barker, Nandi Bushell, Rufus Taylor and Shane Hawkins, Taylor’s 16-year-old son. If that weren’t enough, Paul McCartney made a surprise appearance, too.
Preceding the Foos’ set was an all-star lineup of performers that included Queen, Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, Stewart Copeland, Brian Johnson, Lars Ulrich, Mark Ronson, Violet Grohl, The James Gang, The Pretenders, Them Crooked Vultures, Supergrass and more.
Photos from the beautiful celebration that was the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert can be viewed below.
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