▣Kia Forum | Los Angeles, CA ▣Tuesday, September 27th 2022
▣Photographer/Journalist: Sadie Arredondo
On Tuesday, September 27th, over 50 artists came together at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles to celebrate the life of Taylor Hawkins. The six-hour show began at 7:00 PM with a performance by Violet Grohl who sang “Hallelujah” accompanied by Alain Johannes on the guitar and ended at 1:00 AM with the Foo Fighters performing their hit “Everlong” accompanied by Chad Smith on the drums.
In between, we were met with legendary rock bands such as Def Leppard, Rush, Queen, Mötley Crüe, Soundgarden, and the James Gang who hadn’t played together in over 10 years. These bands also performed with Kesha, P!nk, Miley Cyrus, Alanis Morissette, Derek Day, Joan Jett, Nancy Wilson, Taylor Momsen, and even Dave Chapelle gave a performance of “Creep” by Radiohead with the Foo Fighters.
There were 2 moments of the night that were especially memorable. The first is when Brian May of Queen performed “Love of My Life”. It was a special request made by Taylor’s wife, Alison, as a gift to the love of her life. This was one of the most emotional moments of the night. Everyone in the Forum lifted their lights as well as joined in with Brian May as he sang for Taylor. (clip 3)
The second, and most special, was when Taylor’s son, Shane, joined the Foo Fighters on the drums for “My Hero” and “I’ll Stick Around”. The emotion was felt throughout the entire room. You could see the look on the faces of Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett, Nate Mendel, Rami Jaffee, and Dave Grohl whenever they looked at Shane while he was playing. You could feel how proud they were of him. (clip 11)
Every performer that walked on that stage had a story about Taylor. They told of his passion, his love, his friendship, his kindness, his generosity, and much more. Dave even mentioned how he had been told by over 50 people that they talked to Taylor every day. There was no other way to say goodbye to such a tremendous human and musician but to bring his heroes, friends, and fans together.
We’ll never forget him.
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Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert – Kia Forum – Highlights
1- 0:03 – Alanis Morisette, Foo Fighters, Chad Smith, and Chris Chaney Performing “You Outta Know” (clip)
2- 1:35 – 2022-09-28 – Joan Jett Performing “Cherry Bomb” With Foo Fights And Travis Barker (clip)
3- 3:01 – Brian May Performing “Love Of My Life” (clip)
4- 4:52 – Dave Chapelle Performing “Creep” (clip)
5- 6:33 – Def Leppard, Foo Fighters and Pat Wilson Performing ” Rock of Ages” (clip)
6- 7:43 – Derek Day of Craeless Act, Motley Crue, and Foo Fighters Performing “Home Sweet Home” (clip)
7- 8:42 – Foo Fighters and Pat Wilson Performing “The Sky Is A Neighborhood” (clip)
8- 9:40 – Foo Fighters and Rufus Taylor Performing “Best Of You” (clip)
9- 11:03 – Foo Fighters and Travis Barker Performing “Walk” (clip)
10- 12:12 – Foo Fighters Performing “Everlong” with Chad Smith (clip)
11- 13:37 – Foo Fighters Performing “My Hero” and “I’ll Stick Around” with Taylor’s Son, Shane Hawkins (clip)
12- 17:00 – Josh Homme, The Cars, and Foo Fighters Performing “Just What I Needed” (clip)
13- 17:43 – Justin Hawkins, Queen, and Foo Fighters Performing “Under Pressure” (clip)
14- 18:45 – Miley Cyrus, Def Leppard, Foo Fighters, and Pat Wilson Performing “Photograph” (clip)
15- 19:11 – P!nk, Nancy Wilson, and Foo Fighters Performing “Baracuda” (clip)
16- 20:21 – Them Crooked Vultures, Dave Grohl, John Paul Jones, and Alain Johannes Performing “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John (clip)
17- 21:05 – Queen, P!nk, and Foo Fighter Performing “Somebody To Love” (clip)
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