Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters paid tribute to his “bandmate” and “brother” Taylor Hawkins at a special concert at London’s Wembley Stadium.
Thousands of fans screamed when Grohl asked them to “sing and dance, laugh and cry” in honor of the band’s drummer Hawkins, who was found dead in his hotel room in Colombia in March.
Grohl told the crowd that no one could make you laugh, dance or sing like Hawkins would.
“Ladies and gentlemen, we gathered here tonight to celebrate the life, music and love of our dear friend, our bandmate, our brother Taylor,” he said.
“For those of you who have known him personally, you know that no one else can make you smile, laugh or dance or sing like him, and for those of you who have admired him from afar, I’m sure you’ve all felt the same.
“So tonight, we got together with family and his closest friends, his musical heroes and the greatest inspirations to bring you a giant fucking night for a giant fucking person.
“Sing and dance, and laugh and cry and f ****** scream and make some fucking noise so she can hear us right now, because you know it’s gonna be a long fucking night, right? “
Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher then opened the event with an interpretation of his former Rock ‘N Roll Star band’s success, while Grohl played drums.
Balloons bounced around the crowd as Gallagher immediately followed them with Live Forever.
Later, comedian Dave Chappelle took the stage, telling an anecdote about the first time he met Hawkins’ son, Oliver Shane.
Speaking of an event at Madison Square Garden in New York, Chappelle said, “I went backstage and dated the Foo Fighters, and I met a guy who must have been 12 or 13.
“And I asked him, why he was wearing skate shoes, if he skated, and he said, ‘I don’t go skateboarding because I don’t want to hurt my arms.’
“I said, ‘What the fuck is this answer?’ A simple yes or no would have been enough.
“The boy said: ‘I want to be a drummer, like my father.’
“In that room, at Madison Square Garden, even though I had met the Foo Fighters many evenings, I felt like I had met (Hawkins) for the first time. I had seen Taylor being a rock star many nights, but it was the first time I saw him being a dad, and what a fucking good dad. “
He then presented Queens of the Stone Age and Nile Rodgers, who played David Bowie’s Let’s Dance.
The event is a celebration of the late Hawkins and his band’s first performance since the 50-year-old drummer was found dead in his hotel room in Colombia in March.
Funds from concert tickets and merchandise sales will go to the charities Music Support and MusiCares, selected by the Hawkins family, who helped organize the event.
Hawkins has been playing in the band led by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl for more than two decades, along with Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett and Rami Jaffee.
He joined the Foo Fighters in 1997 after touring with Alanis Morissette. Hawkins also starred with the band in their recently released film, Studio 666.
After his death in March, the band canceled their upcoming tour dates and a scheduled Grammys performance.
The London show will be followed by a second concert on September 27 at The Kia Forum in Los Angeles, featuring artists such as Alanis Morissette and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.