Tool, Soundgarden & Mötley Crüe Members Join Taylor Hawkins Tribute

26 September 2022 | 11:50 am | Brenton Harris
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Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, Soundgarden guitarist Kimmy Thayil and Tool drummer Danny Carey are among a number of blockbuster additions to this week's Los Angeles edition of the Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins Tribute concert.

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Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, Soundgarden guitarist Kimmy Thayil and Tool drummer Danny Carey are among a number of blockbuster additions to this week's Los Angeles edition of the Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins Tribute concert.

The trio of rock icons will be joined by fellow final additions The Darkness’ vocalist Justin Hawkins, The Pretty Reckless’ vocalist Taylor Momsen and pop star Kesha providing extra star-power to an already star-studded lineup for the event which is set to take place at KIA Forum in Inglewood on September 27. 

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The Los Angeles leg of the tribute concert is set to feature a dizzying display of talents with the full lineup featuring Alanis Morisette, Miley Cyrus, P!NK, Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler, Pearl Jam’s Matt Cameron, RUSH’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor, Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilk, Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic, Nancy Wilson, Queens of the Stone Age’s Joshua Homme, Joan Jett, Travis Barker, The Police’s Stewart Copeland, Jane’s Addiction’s Chris Chaney, Sebastian Bach, Mark Ronson and more.

The Los Angeles event follows the spectacular first tribute concert at Wembley Stadium earlier his month.  That concert featured a number of highlights, including an unannounced appearance by The Beatles' Sir Paul McCartney.

On an emotional night that will live long in the memory, a who's who of rock music, both modern and classic, came together to celebrate the life and music of the beloved drummer, who passed away in March, aged 50. 

Featuring a marathon set list, some 50 songs in length, the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert provided an insight into Hawkins's rock legacy and his love of the genre, with many of his idols turned contemporaries featured.

There were contributions from many of Hawkins's childhood idols including Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, Metallica's Lars Ulrich, The Pretenders and even The Beatles' Sir Paul McCartney, with each showcasing just how respected Hawkins's role in rock had become. 

Performances from fellow modern rock titans Oasis's Liam Gallagher, Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme, blink-182's Travis Barker, Supergrass, and of course, the remaining Foo Fighters themselves, underlined the influence of Hawkins's work amongst his contemporaries, while nods from the likes of Billie Eilish and The Struts, as well as 12-year-old YouTube star Nandi Bushell, reinforced his continued cultural relevancy.

On a night full of performances from some of rock's biggest names, the biggest ovation was saved for a member of the Hawkins family, with Taylor's own teenage son Shane Hawkins's stellar performance of My Hero, earning a raucous standing ovation from the crowd. The junior Hawkins's ability behind the kit and his composure in what must have been an incredibly emotional moment would have made his famous father very proud.  

It remains to be seen if the junior Hawkins will repeat the performance in LA, but one thing that seems guaranteed given the strength of the lineup is another night of memorable live music in honour of a beloved figure.