SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE paid tribute to FOO FIGHTERS drummer Taylor Hawkins throughout their April 29 live performance on the Beale Avenue Music Competition in Memphis, Tennessee. Hagar and his CIRCLE bandmates Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson carried out a canopy of FOO FIGHTERS‘ “My Hero” as a method of honoring Hawkins, who died in late March whereas on tour with the FOO FIGHTERS.
FOO FIGHTERS had been scheduled to play the pageant on April 29, however the Dave Grohl-fronted outfit canceled all deliberate live performance dates following Hawkins‘ passing.
Concerning THE CIRCLE‘s determination to cowl “My Hero”, Hagar wrote: “Once we had been requested by the promoter to fill in for the FOO FIGHTERS on the Beale Avenue Music Competition, my first response was ‘No fucking method!’ We mentioned it as a band, and we got here up with ‘Why not! Let’s simply go play music and also you’re at a giant ass CIRCLE celebration for these individuals, simply do what we do!’ Then with Dave Grohl‘s blessings we determined to do a damaged down model of certainly one of my favourite songs from certainly one of my favourite bands. It felt acceptable. No rehearsal, In spite of everything that is rock ‘n’ roll and thats what it is all about. Take pleasure in.”
Final month, Bonham, whose father is drummer John Bonham, one of many unique members of the legendary rock band LED ZEPPELIN, spoke to Joe Rock of Lengthy Island, New York’s 102.3 WBAB radio station about Hawkins‘s dying. He stated (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Once we misplaced Taylor, it open[ed] a floodgate of reminiscence for the day that I discovered my father handed. And to [Taylor‘s] household and to his pals and his youngsters, my love and greatest needs go to them with each ounce of me. He was an exquisite individual. I acquired to hold with him on a number of events and Dave [Grohl, FOO FIGHTERS frontman], and the entire band are simply superb guys.”
Referencing his March 25 efficiency with SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE at The STRAT Resort, On line casino & SkyPod in Las Vegas, Jason continued: “For me, that was one of many hardest reveals I’ve ever needed to play, was 10 minutes after discovering that out [that Taylor died]. As I stated, it isn’t simply due to him. At the moment, for me, and I feel for lots of us, when any individual like that passes, if we have misplaced any individual near us, it brings again all of that. However we’ve got to recollect it brings again additionally the enjoyment, the smile, the laughter. I am lucky — my dad, there’s sufficient clips on YouTube and the Web that you could go to, and I can say to my youngsters who by no means met him, ‘That is your grandpa…’ So for us, we’re blessed — there may be footage at all times there to indicate them what he was like. And a few individuals haven’t got that. So I really feel very lucky.”
John Bonham died abruptly in 1980 on the age of 32 after choking on his personal vomit, following an evening of heavy consuming. Inside the earlier 24 hours he had consumed round 40 photographs of 40 p.c ABV vodka.
An official explanation for dying for Hawkins hasn’t but been launched, however on March 26, Colombia’s lawyer common’s workplace issued a preliminary toxicology report, saying that health workers discovered proof of 10 sorts of substances in Hawkins‘s physique, together with opioids, benzodiazepines, marijuana and antidepressants.