Taylor Hawkins LA Tribute: A Second 6-Hour Epic

The second, and final, official Taylor Hawkins tribute concert took place yesterday (September 27) at the Forum in Inglewood, California. 

Much like the first one in England, last night's show in LA was a six-hour emotionally charged epic where members of his bands, as well as rock legends he admired, rocked out in front of a bittersweet audience. 

Stewart Copeland, Miley Cyrus, Josh Homme, Joan Jett, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Brian May, Alanis Morissette, Mark Ronson, Nikki Sixx, Chad Smith, Roger Taylor, and Wolfgang Van Halen, were just some of the big names who joined the Foo Fighters to celebrate the life of the affable and talented drummer who died this year while on tour.

The Foo Fighters at the LA Taylor Hawkins Tribute – By Joey Maloney

Mikael Wood of the LA Times reminded readers the Foos have had some milestones at the once-Fabulous, now Kia Forum.

In 2015 Dave Grohl rocked the 17,000 capacity arena from his Game of Thrones-style chair after he broke his leg in Gothenburg, Sweden. That show included two Janes Addiction's covers with Perry Farrell, as well as a duet with guitar slinger Gary Clark.

Wood wrote that Grohl said Taylor Hawkins talked about seeing Boston at the Forum in 1986, but the drummer probably meant '87 when the classic rock heroes played three nights in support of the eagerly awaited Third Stage album. The Forum was also the first place guitarist Pat Smear saw an arena rock concert: The Rolling Stones in 1972 for the Exile on Main St. tour with Stevie Wonder opening.

Pink and Nancy Wilson perform "Barracuda"

While the general outline of the show was the same (hours of honored guests playing a few tunes followed by the Foo Fighters doing a full set), some of the guests and lineups were new. Here are some highlights:

Foo Fighters setlist

Jon Davison who sings for Yes nowadays sang that band's hit "Owner of a Lonely Heart" alongside Hawkins' side band, Chevy Metal. Kesha also joined the band for a PG-13 rendition of David Bowie's "Heroes." 

Hawkins' other band, The Coattail Riders, were fronted by Justin Hawkins (no relation) of The Darkness who led the group through some originals. He also introduced Mark King from Level 42 before covering that band's hit “Something About You.” 

At the UK show, Wolfgang Van Halen blew minds with his lead guitar prowess of the VH classics "On Fire" and "Hot For Teacher." Last night Wolfie replaced the former with "Panama" a song he swore he'd never play for audiences. But this was a special occasion. Grohl played bass with Justin Hawkins assuming the David Lee Roth role.

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Continuing with the hair metal power pop, Def Leppard played "Rock of Ages" and then Miley Cyrus joined the fun by singing "Photograph" with the boys. Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee rolled out an apropos "Home Sweet Home" from Theatre of Pain.

Elliot Easton, the southpaw guitarist of The Cars joined Homme for a pair of '80s Cars hits "Shake It Up" and "Just What I Needed."

But perhaps the most impressive cover was Pink belting out Heart's "Barracuda" with Nancy Wilson strumming along.

Taylor Hawkins famously played in Alanis Morissette's band before being invited by Grohl to join the Foos. Alanis passionately sang "You Oughta Know" last night. 

Dave Chappelle, known for his love of Radiohead, performed "Creep"

Also of note was when Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) and Lars Ulrich (Metallica) shredded Sabbath’s “Supernaut,” a tune that was released exactly 50 years ago, the year Hawkins was born.

Untitled – By Joey Maloney

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Last updated: 25 Jul 2024, 09:36 Etc/UTC