The enduring individuals from the Foo Fighters — joined by an immense number of other large name performers — collected at Wembley Stadium in London recently for a show. Said show was the first of two arranged accolade shows out of appreciation for Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who passed on back in March. It was, to put not-too-fine a point on it, a gigantic and ritzy undertaking: notwithstanding Dave Grohl and different individuals from the Foo Fighters — playing together openly interestingly since Hawkins’ demise — the setlist likewise included appearances from Dave Chappelle, Josh Homme, John Paul Jones, Liam Gallagher, Kesha, Nile Rodgers, The Pretenders, Krist Novoselic, Lars Ulrich, Roger Taylor, Brian May, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Brian Johnson, Stewart Copeland, Nandi Bushell, Paul McCartney, and that’s just the beginning.
Albeit the entire occasion ran for six hours today — enveloping something like 50 melodies in its setlist — we’ve chosen a couple of features from the day, which mixed together genuine inclination with strong musicianship, as large numbers of Hawkins’ #1 entertainers met up with his bandmates to offer recognition.
For example: Liam Gallagher, assisting with opening the show with a rendition of Oasis’ “Life Forever”.
Later on, Homme, Jones, and Grohl rejoined their supergroup Them Crooked Vultures for their first time in quite a while:
Individuals from two of Hawkins’ greatest impacts, Queen and Rush, additionally made that big appearance to offer recognition:
What’s more, here’s McCartney and Chrissie Hynde performing together for The Beatles’ “Gracious Darling!”
The most close to home snapshots of the evening, of course, came from the set by the Foo Fighters themselves, who got an alternating arrangement of drummers to honor Hawkins. That included Josh Freese, Travis Barker, Rufus Taylor, and, indeed, Bushell, who fueled powerfully through a form of the band’s “Figure out how To Fly.”
The last drummer of the night was Hawkins’ 16-year-old child, Shane Hawkins, playing on the groups’ “My Hero.” Which, better believe it: Hard to remain dry-looked at for that one.
Grohl completed the show with one last performance offering — for a meaning of “solo” that incorporates a whole field of individuals chiming in — to the man he regularly alluded to as his sibling: An acoustic rendition of “Everlong”: