Hawkins, 50, passed away hours before the Foo Fighters
were due to take the stage at the Festival Estereo Picnic in Bogotá, Colombia. Tour dates for the remaining dates were immediately canceled. The band performed together for the first time since Hawkins’ death on Saturday.
In a tearful statement to the crowd at London’s Wembley Stadium, Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl said: “Taylor loved to jam and record with anyone and everyone.
He loved to play music every day. And he’s never jammed with many people. As a result, this collection of friends, family, and musicians has all been brought together by him, and we all are connected today.”
Family was a constant theme throughout the show. A powerful rendition of Foo Fighters’ “My Hero” was performed by Oliver Shane Hawkins, 16, with his father’s band.
We have one more drummer coming up to play with us,” Grohl said as he welcomed Hawkins’ son to the stage. “I have never seen anyone hit the drums as hard as him, but beyond that, he’s part of our family and needs to be here with us tonight.”