LA Pays Tribute to Taylor Hawkins: Having seen a number of musicians including many of Hawkins’s bandmates pay respects to the fallen idol in London a couple of weeks ago, now it’s the turn of Los Angeles and it promises to be a very emotional evening. It feels like we were just here doing this for Chris Cornell at this same venue (with Hawkins performing) – it’s heartbreaking that we’re doing it again.
Taylor Hawkins died on March 25. The band released a statement at the time reading, “The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins. His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever. Our hearts go out to his wife, children and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect in this unimaginably difficult time.”
Hawkins had previously been a member of the OC prog band Sylvia, and he had drummed on tour with Canadian rocker Sass Jordan. Over the years, he played live and/or recorded with the members of Queen, Coheed & Cambria, and Slash, among many others. He had a hard rock cover band called Chevy Metal, and a side project called the Birds of Satan. He also had a solo project, humbly called Taylor Hawkins & the Coattail Riders.
But it is his work with the Foo Fighters that he’ll forever be remembered for. The first album he recorded with the band was 1999’s There is Nothing Left to Lose, and the last was last year’s Medicine at Midnight — his eighth and the band’s tenth.
The live arena was where Hawkins really excelled. He was in a band with a drummer-turned-singer in Dave Grohl — the pressure could have told — yet he stepped up the plate and hit perpetual homers.
The Foo Fighters will be joined by many great musicians at the Forum for this celebration. But the music plays second fiddle to the memories.
LA Pays Tribute to Taylor Hawkins: 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27 at the Forum, thekiaforum.com.
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