Taylor Hawkins Tributes: Elton John, Liam Gallagher, Wolfgang Van Halen & More

Watch musical tributes to late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.

By Scott Bernstein Mar 28, 2022 12:58 pm PDT

Elton John, Liam Gallagher and Wolfgang Van Halen‘s Mammoth WVH are among those who have performed musical tributes to Taylor Hawkins in the days since the Foo Fighters drummer’s tragic death. Hawkins died at the way-too-young age of 50 on Friday while on tour in Bogotá, Colombia.

  • Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins 1972 - 2022

    Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins 1972 - 2022 

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Legendary musician Elton John dedicated a “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” performance to Hawkins. The tribute came during Elton’s Saturday night concert at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. “I got up this morning to see that Taylor Hawkins from the Foo Fighters had passed away, and I was so shocked because he played on my Lockdown Sessions album and he was one of the nicest people you could ever meet and one of the greatest drummers and a true musician who loved all sorts of music and loved life,” Elton John said.

“And it seems so sad that at 50 years of age we’ve lost someone who had that much passion,” John continued. “And it makes me so downhearted for his family — his three children, his wife and his other relatives and, of course, the Foo Fighters — have lost a dearest loved one that can never, ever be replaced. But his music will live on. But I can tell you he was a great, great guy. So this song is for him, and his family and his wife and his children.”

Watch Elton John’s dedication and “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” below:

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Oasis vocalist Liam Gallagher ended his main set on Saturday night at London’s Royal Albert Hall with a version of “Live Forever” dedicated to Taylor Hawkins. “I’m going to dedicate this last song to the one and only Taylor Hawkins,” Gallagher explained. “This one’s for you, brother.” A picture of the late Foo Fighters drummer was displayed behind Liam and his solo band.

Watch the tribute and the start of “Live Forever” below:

Mammoth WVH learned “My Hero” from Foo Fighters’ 1997 LP The Colour And The Shape to perform in honor of Hawkins at their Saturday night concert in Boston. “We lost somebody really important yesterday,” frontman Wolfgang Van Halen told the crowd. “He was a hero to me and a hero to all of us and a hero to countless people. So, we feel this is necessary.”

Wolfgang then revealed the band worked out the cover “this morning” and asked the crowd to “excuse any rough edges.” See Mammoth WVH’s “My Hero” cover below:

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“Rest in peace Taylor. We love you,” Wolfgang exclaimed after the performance.

Asbury Park, New Jersey-bred jam act Dogs In A Pile also covered “My Hero” in tribute to Taylor Hawkins. Check out a portion shared on the band’s Instagram page:

Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash and his solo band devoted the song “Starlight” to Hawkins during their Saturday night show at Hard Rock Live in Orlando. “I’m sure most of you are aware that we lost a really close friend of ours last night, Taylor Hawkins, the drummer of course from the Foo Fighters,” Slash said after warning the crowd he’s not good with a microphone. “First and foremost he was a great fucking guy, a fucking sweetheart.

“He was a really good friend, a kickass drummer, a lot of fun to be around and I’m completely crushed that we lost him,” Slash continued. “So we want to do a song tonight, dedicated to him. So, we’re going to play something we haven’t played actually on this whole tour. We’re going to do it tonight. This is called ‘Starlight.'”

Watch Slash’s “Starlight” and dedication below:

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Miley Cyrus, Underoath, Daughtry and Coldplay are among others who honored Hawkins since Friday.

The cause of Taylor Hawkins’ death has not been officially determined. A preliminary “forensic medical study” released by Colombia’s Attorney General’s Office indicated multiple substances including THC, tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines and opioids were present in a test carried out on the drummer’s body.

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