Trent Reznor was among the masses who watched the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert this past weekend. Like many fans, the show made the Nine Inch Nails singer very emotional.

The clip below was shared to the NIN TikTok. The footage was recorded during the band’s show at the famed Red Rocks Ampitheater in Colorado, which took place the same night as the Hawkins tribute.

Reznor addresses the crowd saying, “Did any of you happen to catch the tribute to Taylor Hawkins today? I thought, ‘I’ll tune in, I knew Taylor. He was a really sweet guy.’ I know a lot of friends were playing, I started watching it, and three hours later I’m still watching. And I’ve got tears in my f—ing eyes. It got me thinking. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth checking out, ’cause it’s really well done. It’s very touching and sincere.”

Reznor continues, “And it got me thinking about, you know, in my life these days I try to be mindful of what’s happening right now and appreciating what’s happening right now instead of worrying about tomorrow.”

He then adds, with a laugh, “I sound like an old person saying this s—, don’t I?” Then, Reznor concludes, “I am grateful to be sharing this moment with you guys, and it really is a privilege and I’m going to remember this. This is one of those good memories, so thank you.”

Trent Reznor on the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert (WARNING: Some NSFW language ahead.)

Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert: The Epic Setlist

  • Liam Gallagher

    Liam Gallagher, backed by the Foo Fighters, with Grohl playing drums, kicked off the show appropriately, with the Oasis classic “Rock and Roll Star.” The emotional concert then continued with “Live Forever.” After his performance, Gallagher went behind the drumset to embrace Grohl.

  • Dave Chappelle

    Chappelle gave a moving speech, as he introduced the next performance. He recalled hosting Saturday Night Live in November 2020, when the Foo Fighters were the musical guest. After the show, he recalled that they discussed their favorite karaoke songs were; his was Radiohead’s “Creep.” Months later, Dave Grohl invited him to sing “Creep” with the Foo Fighters at Madison Square Garden. He talked about meeting Taylor’s son Shane backstage. He was wearing skater gear, and Chappele asked if he was a skater. Shane said that he wasn’t; he didn’t want to hurt his arms. “I want to be a drummer like my father.” Chappelle noted, “I’ve seen Taylor be a rock star, many nights. But this was my first time seeing him be a dad.  And what a cool f—ing dad.” He said he  talked to Grohl that night about Kurt Cobain, jazz and go-go music, noting that Shane listened and absorbed the whole thing. “He asked all the right questions,” he said. All of his questions were about art, not fame. Afterwards they went to the famous New York City jazz club the Blue Note and watched Robert Glasper. Chappelle noted that Shane was watching the drummer and said to his father, “Dad, you can’t do that s–!” “Taylor as humble as he is said, ‘Son, those are real musicians.”  Chappelle then told Shane how proud he was of him. He then introduced the next performance, a tribute to David Bowie’s Let’s Dance album.

  • Josh Homme Chris Chaney, Gaz Coombes, Omar Hakim and Nile Rodgers

    Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, Nile Rodgers of Chic, Chris Chaney of Jane’s Addiction and drummer Omar Hakim performed a set of David Bowie songs. Rodgers produced Bowie’s Let’s Dance video, and Hakim used to play drums for Bowie. The combo played Bowie’s “Let’s Dance.” Homme left, and Gaz Coombes of Supergrass then joined the stage for Bowie’s “Modern Love.”

  • Chevy Metal and the Coattail Riders with Kesha, Wolfgang Van Halen and Dave Grohl

    Chevy Metal was Taylor’s metal cover band. They kicked off their set with Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer.” Pop singer Kesha then joined them for a cover of T. Rex’s “Children of the Revolution.” Then, Taylor’s other band, the Coattail Riders performed, fronted by Justin Hawkins of the Darkness. Towards the end of their set, they were joined by Wolfgang Van Halen on guitar and Dave Grohl on bass for Van Halen’s “Fire.” They then played Van Halen’s “Hot For Teacher.”

  • Jeff Buckley tribute

    Grohl then grabbed the mic and explained that Taylor turned him on to Jeff Buckley’s classic 1994 album, Grace. Grohl then got behind the drums and was joined by Foo Fighters producer Greg Kurstin on keyboards, Alain Johannes (formerly of Eleven, among other bands) on guitar, Chris Chaney on bass, Jason Falkner (formerly of Jellyfish) on guitar, and Dave’s daughter Violet singing. They performed “Last Goodbye” and “Grace.”

     

  • Supergrass

    The British band Supergrass was a favorite of Hawkins’, and they opened for the Foo Fighters in 2008. They performed what they said was Hawkins’ favorite songs from their catalog: “Richard III,” “Alright” and “Caught By The Fuzz.”

     

  • Them Crooked Vultures

    Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones performed together for the first time in over a decade, reuniting as Them Crooked Vultures. They opened with Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellowbrick Road,” after being introduced by Elton (via video). After that, they played their own song, “Gunman,” from their only album, 2009’s Them Crooked Vultures. They then played one of Homme’s Queens of the Stone Age songs, “Long Slow Goodbye” from 2005’s Lullabies to Paralyze.

     

  • The Pretenders

    Although Chrissie Hynde recently said that she won’t perform the Pretenders hits anymore, the Pretenders (with Grohl on bass) performed “Brass In Pocket,” which she noted was one of Taylor’s favorites. They also played “Precious” and “Tattooed Love Boys.”

  • The James Gang

    Joe Walsh reunited with his pre-Eagles band for the first time in 15 years for the show. As Dave Grohl noted as he introduced them, they were one of Hawkins’ favorite bands. They played “Walk Away” followed by “The Bomber.” Then Dave Grohl joined them on drums for their classic “Funk #49.”

  • Mark Ronson with Violet Grohl

    Ronson, who is the stepson of Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones, is a producer who has worked with a number of huge artists, including Amy Winehouse. Ronson and Grohl performed a slowed-down version of one of Winehouse’s greatest songs, “Valerie.”

     

  • Brian Johnson and Lars Ulrich

    Hard rock royalty hit the stage, when AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson and Lars Ulrich performed “Back In Black,” backed by the Foo Fighters and Justin Hawkins of the Darkness. After that, they did an AC/DC song from the Bon Scott era, “Let There Be Rock.” In the middle, Brian yelled out, “Taylor, this one’s for you!”

     

  • The Foo Fighters with Stewart Copeland

    Stewart Copeland of the Police was one of Taylor Hawkins’ biggest influences, and he joined the Foo Fighters for a spirited run though the Police’s classic “Next To You.” They were then joined by Gaz Coombes from Supergrass for “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic.”

  • Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush

    Geddy and Alex performed together last month for the first time since Rush’s final tour. There was a lot of love there: Grohl and Hawkins presented Rush at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. They started with “2112 I. Overture” with Grohl on drums. That was followed with a real deep cut: “Working Man,” from their 1973 self-titled debut (which pre-dated Neil Peart’s joining the band). Then, Omar Hakim replaced Grohl on drums and they played the classic instrumental “YYZ.”

  • Queen

    Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, along with Rufus Taylor (Roger’s son) and Luke Spiller of the Struts exploded onto the stage with “We Will Rock You.” Roger Taylor then came out from behind to sing “I’m In Love With My Car,” as his son took over on drums (and he looks weirdly like Taylor Hawkins). Roger then returned to the drums, as Justin Hawkins joined them for “Under Pressure,” duetting with Roger. Then they wee joined by a singer named Sam Ryder, who grew an audience via TikTok, and represented England at Eurvision for “Somebody To Love,” a song that Taylor Hawkins sang on the last Foo Fighters tour. Then Brian May closed the set a solo acoustic version of 1975’s “Love Of My Life.”

  • Foo Fighters

    After a short film about Taylor Hawkins, the Foo Fighters took the stage with “Times Like These.” A tearful Grohl seemed to have a hard time singing the lyrics, which hit a lot harder in the wake of Hawkins’ death. Josh Freese, wearing the same Van Halen pants that Hawkins loved, was sitting in. (Freese is one of the most in-demand drummers in rock, having played with Devo, Guns N’ Roses, A Perfect Circle, Nine Inch Nails and Weezer, among others). They then launched into “All My Life.” Grohl then explained that they’d be working with a number of drummers at the show. “If you could only see how many f—ing drumsets are back there, it’s a nightmare!”

    “Apparently Taylor met this guy when he was a garbageman in his neighborhood… would you please welcome Mr. Travis Barker!” They then played “The Pretender” followed by “Monkey Wrench.” He then invited Instagram sensation Nandi Bushnell (who he noted, kicked his a– in a drum-off during the pandemic) for “Learn To Fly.” Rufus Taylor then took the drum stool for “One Of These Days” and “Best Of You.”

    They were then joined by Chrissie Hynde and Paul McCartney (and Omar Hakim on drums) for the Beatles’ “Oh! Darling.” McCartney then led the band through “Helier Skelter.”

    McCartney left the stage and the band played “Aurora,” which Grohl said was Hawkins’ favorite Foo Fighters song. Taylor’s son Shane then got behind the kit for “My Hero.” After tearfully thinking the Hawkins family, Grohl launched into a solo rendition of “Everlong.” After that, the other Foo Fighters and all the guests walked onstage for a bow, and the show ended.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.