Author: Travis Hayward
On September 27, 2022, an unforgettable evening unfolded at the Kia Forum, Los Angeles: the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert. This one-night event celebrated the outstanding career of renowned Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who tragically passed away in March. His sudden departure left a profound void in the hearts of friends, colleagues, and countless fans. The lineup boasted legendary rock icons and bands dear to Hawkins.
Joan Jett kicked off the night, her timeless charisma echoing in anthems such as “Bad Reputation” and “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.” The audience soon experienced a surge of energy as Hawkins’ cover band, Chevy Metal, delivered a vigorous performance.
Them Crooked Vultures, a supergroup featuring Dave Grohl, Josh Homme, and John Paul Jones, further elevated the atmosphere with their blend of hard rock and alternative sounds. The concert reached an emotional peak when Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush, introduced by Jack Black, reminisced about their friendship with Hawkins.
The audience rejoiced as Queen, joined by Justin Hawkins of The Darkness on vocals, performed their timeless hits. The crowd participated in a touching tribute when Brian May played “Love of My Life” – the wedding song of Taylor and his wife, Alison.
The night saw stellar performances from female rock icons like P!nk, Alanis Morissette, Kesha, and Miley Cyrus. One of the most memorable moments was the reunion of Nirvana members with Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron, as they performed a heartrending rendition of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun,” featuring Taylor Momsen’s haunting vocals.
The finale was a thrilling set from the Foo Fighters, with Hawkins’ son, Shane, on drums. The concert concluded, leaving the crowd marveling at the night’s incredible talent. The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert was not just a celebration of Hawkins’ career but a testament to the unifying power of rock ‘n’ roll.
UPDATE: Added video of the concert below: