Rock Breakdown

The death of Taylor Hawkins is still sending a ripple effect through the rock world. At WMMR, our friendship with the Foo Fighters runs deep, and we felt that loss like a tidal wave. Taylor was the sonic backbone of a band who have been part of the fabric of this station – indeed, of the genre – since the Foo Fighters blew up in 1995. We were ready to welcome them back to Philadelphia this summer for a stadium show, which was sure to be the biggest of the year… until we heard the news.

In the immediate aftermath, Dave Grohl was nowhere to be found, and understandably so. When he and the Foos finally emerged, it was with a grand plan for a massive 2-show tribute to their friend and bandmate. Dave doesn’t do things small, so of course the first show at Wembley Stadium in London was a revolving door of rock royalty. Only the best for Taylor. 

On September 27th, they brought an equally stacked lineup to the Kia Forum in Los Angeles. The show was a manifestation of that ripple effect that Taylor’s absence set off six months ago. In life, he championed rock n’ roll. He embraced its spirit, and he respected the musicianship. He took the role of rock ambassador seriously – but he didn’t take himself seriously. Perhaps that’s what endeared him to so many fellow drummers. Despite his incredible talent, he wasn’t intimidating – he just loved music, and wanted to share the love. 

And that’s exactly what we gathered to do at this gig. Taylor’s biggest influences, longtime friends, and musicians he inspired were all there. It was a pure and vibrant celebration of rock, which is really what his life was all about.

Unlike the Wembley concert, this one wasn’t streamed live. There was an elaborate camera setup, though, so Dave’s definitely got plans to make this available on demand. Until then, here are my highlights from the the second tribute concert for Taylor Hawkins.

-Radio Sara

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Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert: Los Angeles Setlist and Videos

  • Violet Grohl and Alain Johannes

    “Hallelujah” (Leonard Cohen cover)

  • Joan Jett with Travis Barker and Foo Fighters

    “Cherry Bomb” (Runaways cover)
    “Bad Reputation”

  • Chevy Metal

    “Riff Raff” (AC/DC cover)
    “Owner of a Lonley Heart” (Yes cover with Jon Davison)
    “Heroes” (David Bowie cover with Kesha)

  • Coattail Riders with Greg Kurstin, Rufus Taylor and Justin Hawkins

    “Ranger Rover Bitch” (Taylor Hawkins cover)
    “It’s Over”
    “Something About You” (Level 42 cover with Mark King)
    “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” (The Darkness cover)

  • James Gang

    “Walk Away”
    “The Bomber: Closet Queen/Bolero/Cast Your Fate to the Wind”
    “Funk #49” (with Dave Grohl)

  • Mark Ronson, Andrew Watt, Roger Manning and Dave Grohl

    “Right On Down The Line” (Gerry Rafferty cover)

  • Them Crooked Vultures with Greg Kurstin

    “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” (Elton John cover)
    “Dead End Friends”
    “Long Slow Goodbye” (Queens of the Stone Age cover)

  • Wolfgang Van Halen, Josh Freese, Justin Hawkins and Dave Grohl

    “Panama” (Van Halen cover)
    “Hot For Teacher” (Van Halen cover)

  • Def Leppard with Foo Fighters

    “Rock of Ages”
    “Photograph” (with Miley Cyrus)

  • Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Derek Day and Foo Fighters

    “Live Wire”
    “Home Sweet Home”

  • Elliot Easton with Foo Fighters and Josh Homme

    “Shake It Up” (The Cars cover)
    “Just What I Needed” (The Cars cover)

  • Nancy Wilson, P!nk, Foo Fighters and John Theodore

    “Barracuda” (Heart cover)

  • Stewart Copeland and Foo Fighters

    “Next to You” (The Police cover)
    “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” (The Police cover with Jon Davison)

  • Alanis Morissette, Chris Chaney, Chad Smith and Foo Fighters

    “You Oughta Know”

  • Sebastian Bach, Geezer Butler and Lars Ulrich

    “Supernaut” (Black Sabbath cover)
    “Paranoid” (Black Sabbath cover)

  • Rush

    “2112 Part I: Overture” (with Dave Grohl)
    “Working Man” (with Chad Smith)
    “YYZ” (with Danny Carey)

  • Matt Cameron, Kim Thayil, Krist Novoselic, Taylor Momsen, Pat Smear and Dave Grohl

    “The Day I Tried to Live” (Soundgarden cover)
    “Black Hole Sun” (Soundgarden cover)

  • Queen and Foo Fighters

    “We Will Rock You”
    “I’m In Love With My Car” (with Rufus Taylor)
    “Under Pressure” (with Justin Hawkins)
    “Somebody to Love” (with P!nk)
    “Love Of My Life”

  • Foo Fighters

    “All My Life” (with Josh Freese)
    “The Pretender” (with P!nk and Jon Theodore)
    “Walk” (with Travis Barker)
    “Low” (with Matt Cameron)
    “This is a Call” (with Brad Wilk)
    “The Sky is a Neighborhood” (with Pat Wilson)
    “Creep” (Radiohead cover fronted by Dave Chappelle. Also featuring Pat Wilson)
    “Run” (with Omar Hakim)
    “Best of You” (with Rufus Taylor)
    “My Hero” (with Shane Hawkins)
    “I’ll Stick Around” (with Shane Hawkins)
    “Everlong” (with Chad Smith)