‘Let’s celebrate music, let’s celebrate our friends, let’s celebrate Taylor. This is what he would want and he would be very happy that you guys are playing and he would want it to be nothing but a positive experience.’ - Chad Smith on his conversation with Taylor's wife, Allison Hawkins prior to their set at Jazz Fest
Red Hot Chili Peppers headlined New Orleans Jazz Fest this weekend, in place of Foo Fighters, who dropped off the lineup in light of drummer Taylor Hawkins passing.
Chad Smith, RHCP drummer & long time friend of Hawkins said “We just found out about this two weeks ago, because Foo Fighters were supposed to play here tonight. We love Foo Fighters, and we love our brother Taylor Hawkins. This means a lot to us to be able to play for them.”
With members of the Foo Fighters & Hawkins family in attendance, Smith had the crowd chant “We love you, Taylor!” to end their set.
The band were interviewed prior to playing & Smith said Chili Peppers’ Jazz Fest performance would “be a celebration. That’s what [Allsion] wants. She doesn’t want it to be anything other than, ‘Let’s celebrate music, let’s celebrate our friends, let’s celebrate Taylor. This is what he would want and he would be very happy that you guys are playing and he would want it be nothing but a positive experience.’ So we’re going to do all that and she’s going to be part of that and I’m very honoured that we can do that with her. … We’re going to play our hearts out.”
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