Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl breaks down in tears and pays tribute to Taylor Hawkins

Lottie O'Neill September 4, 2022
Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl breaks down in tears and pays tribute to Taylor Hawkins


Dave Grohl became emotional and broke down in tears as he spoke of former bandmate Taylor Hawkins at the Foo Fighters tribute concert over the weekend.

On Saturday, (August 3, 2022), the frontman remembered his late bandmate during the concert in London, United Kingdom.

The band were joined by a long list of celebrities. This included Paul McCartney, Elton John, Travis Barker, Liam Gallagher and Jason Sudeikis on stage. Many more signed up to celebrate the life of Grohl’s longtime best friend. Taylor Hawkins passed away suddenly in Colombia earlier this year.

Dave Grohl’s emotional tribute to best friend Taylor Hawkins

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The 53-year-old appeared to fight back tears as he delivered a heartbreaking speech about the late drummer.

Thousands of fans, who came to pay their respects to Taylor Hawkins, watched Dave Grohl pay tribute at the concert.

The words came before he welcomed a series of celebrities and his 16-year-old daughter Violet Grohl to the stage.

Dave said: “Ladies and gentlemen, tonight we’ve gathered here to celebrate the life, the music, and the love of our dear friend, our bandmate, our brother Taylor Hawkins.

“For those of you who knew him personally, you know that no one else could make you smile or laugh or dance or sing like he could. And for those of you that admired him from afar, I’m sure you’ve all felt the same thing.”

He then added: “So tonight, we’ve gathered with family and his closest friends, his musical heroes and greatest inspirations, to bring you a gigantic f*****g night for a gigantic f*****g person.”

“So, sing. And dance, and laugh, and cry and f*****g scream and make some f****g noise, so he can hear us right now,” Dave continued. “‘Cause you know what? It’s going to be a long f****g night, right? Are you ready?”

Times Like These

Later on in the concert, as the guitarist performed ‘Times Like These’ with the band, he broke down in tears. He stopped to compose himself and wipe away at his eyes.

The audience continued to cheer him on despite the brief break, as they showed their support during the difficult time.

The bond between Dave and Taylor went further than the connection in the band. The drummer called Dave his “life partner” in a recent chat with Entertainment Weekly before he tragically died.

In Dave’s memoir, he described his pal as his “brother from another mother, my best friend, a man for whom I would take a bullet”.

Taylor passed away on March 25 in Bogotá, Colombia. The sad news came ahead of a scheduled music festival performance. People reports he complained of chest pains in his hotel.

No cause of death has been issued officially.

According to the Attorney General’s Office of Colombia, there were ten different substances in the 50-year-old’s system, from a preliminary urine toxicology test.

A second tribute concert to honor Hawkins will take place at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles on September 27, 2022.

If you’ve been affected by this story you can contact American Addiction Centers on (877) 686-7688 or Talk To Frank on 0300 123 6600 in the UK.

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Lottie is the Head of Audience for Entertainment and Gaming, working with the teams on HITC, Reality Titbit, The Focus and Freshered. She is passionate about news being accessible to everyone, and focuses on bringing audiences quality content that they enjoy. She loves the art of storytelling, whether that be news, movies or heavy hardback fiction.