RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS paid tribute to late FOO FIGHTERS drummer Taylor Hawkins throughout the band’s live performance Sunday (Might 1) on the New Orleans Jazz Fest.
On the finish of RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS‘ set, the group’s drummer Chad Smith, who had “Taylor” spelled out on his bass drum, gave a quick speech honoring his good friend.
“We simply discovered about this two weeks in the past, as a result of FOO FIGHTERS have been presupposed to play right here tonight,” Smith mentioned. “We love the FOO FIGHTERS, and we love our brother Taylor Hawkins. So this implies rather a lot to us to have the ability to play for them.” He then led the group in a chant of, “We love you, Taylor.”
FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl, Hawkins‘s widow Alison and different members of the FOO FIGHTERS have been reportedly in attendance on the live performance.
FOO FIGHTERS have been initially scheduled to headline the Jazz Fest however canceled all tour dates within the wake of Taylor‘s dying on March 25.
A number of days earlier than the New Orleans Jazz Fest efficiency, the PEPPERS mentioned that their set can be a celebration of Hawkins‘s life. “We’re taking Alison, his spouse, with us and it is going to be a celebration,” Smith instructed Billboard. “That is what she desires. She does not need it to be something aside from, ‘Let’s have fun music, let’s have fun our pals, let’s have fun Taylor. That is what he would need and he can be very blissful that you just guys are taking part in and he would need it’s nothing however a optimistic expertise.’ So we’ll do all that and she or he’s going to be a part of that and I am very honored that we will try this along with her. … We’ll play our hearts out.”
Hawkins was discovered useless on March 25 on the 4 Seasons Casa Medina lodge in Bogota, Colombia whereas FOO FIGHTERS have been on tour.
An official explanation for dying for Hawkins hasn’t but been launched. However on March 26, Colombia’s lawyer basic’s workplace launched a preliminary toxicology report, saying that health workers discovered proof of 10 kinds of substances in Hawkins‘s physique, together with opioids, benzodiazepines, marijuana and antidepressants.
Hawkins joined FOO FIGHTERS in 1997. Previous to that, he performed with the Orange County band SYLVIA and was additionally within the backing band for Sass Jordan. He additionally toured with Alanis Morissette as her drummer.
Hawkins was inducted into the Rock And Roll Corridor Of Fame final yr as a member of the FOO FIGHTERS.
Hawkins‘s most up-to-date work with FOO FIGHTERS included final yr’s “Medication At Midnight” album, a set of BEE GEES covers and FOO FIGHTERS‘ horror movie “Studio 666”.