Dave Grohl Returns To The Stage

Dave Grohl Returns To The Stage
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It’s been an extremely difficult year for the Foo Fighters and their frontman Dave Grohl. The band’s drummer and Grohl’s best friend, Taylor Hawkins, tragically passed away in late March during a tour stop in in Bogota, Colombia. After taking some time to mourn his passing, the Foo Fighters recently announced a pair of tribute concerts for the late drummer set for Sept. 3 at London’s Wembley Stadium and Sept. 27 at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles. The Foo Fighters made the announcement via social media. “For our dear friend, our bad*ss bandmate, our beloved brother…Foo Fighters and The Hawkins family bring you the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts.” 

It’s obvious what a music lover Grohl is with the numerous projects he’s been involved with and also in how frequently he flies the flag for all things rock. So it was only a matter of time before he returned to the stage. This past weekend Grohl performed for the first time since Hawkins’ death when he guested with Beatles icon Paul McCartney at the Glastonbury Festival in the U.K. McCartney introduced Grohl as “my friend, your hero” before Grohl walked on stage and said “Hi, Paul. How are you?” The duo then performed The Beatles classic “I Saw Her Standing There” followed by Wings “Band On The Run”, which Grohl previously covered with the Foo Fighters.

“This guy flew in specially to do this,” McCartney said. “We love you.” Grohl replied: “Well, I started on Wednesday. Then the flight got canceled, back to the airport Thursday and then the flight got canceled, but I swear I would never miss being on stage with you right now.” Grohl also joined in on the final song of McCartney’s set, The Beatles’ “The End”, and they were joined by Bruce Springsteen, who had guested on two other songs earlier in the night.

The full statement on the upcoming concerts celebrating Hawkins reads: “Foo Fighters Together with the Hawkins Family Present THE TAYLOR HAWKINS TRIBUTE CONCERTS: Two Global Events Celebrating the Memory & Music of a Rock Legend. Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee will come together with the Hawkins family to celebrate the life, music and love of their husband, father, brother and bandmate with The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts.“

“As one of the most respected and beloved figures in modern music, Taylor’s monolithic talent and magnetic personality endeared him to millions of fans, peers, friends and fellow musical legends the world over. Millions mourned his untimely passing on March 25, with passionate and sincere tributes coming from fans as well as musicians Taylor idolized. The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts will unite several of those artists, the Hawkins family and of course his Foo Fighters brothers in celebration of Taylor’s memory and his legacy as a global rock icon—his bandmates and his inspirations playing the songs that he fell in love with, and the ones he brought to life.“

“The all-star rock and roll shows will take place September 3 at London’s Wembley Stadium and September 27 at The Kia Forum in Los Angeles. The lineups for each show will be announced shortly. Sign up to receive information on timings, ticketing links and on sale dates at https://www.foofighters.com/.”

McCartney also made history as the oldest ever solo star to headline the Glastonbury Festival. The singer-songwriter was able to duet with his late bandmate John Lennon on The Beatles’ 1970 single “I’ve Got A Feeling” thanks to help from movie director Peter Jackson. Following the segment, which heard John’s vocals isolated from the rest of the band, McCartney admitted: “That is so special for me. I know it’s virtual. There I am singing with John again, we’re back together.”

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