Watch Foo Fighters bring on Taylor Hawkins' son, Shane, to play at London Stadium gig

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21 Jun 2024, 11:42

L: Shane Hawkins, R: Dave Grohl

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Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters pulled out all the stops for their first night at London Stadium, bringing unforgettable performances from Violet Grohl and Taylor Hawkins' son, Shane.

The Foo Fighters made their first of two London Stadium appearances on Thursday, 20th June, an evening that rock fans will be talking about for years.

With early support from Shame and Wet Leg, the atmosphere was already electric as the sun blazed down on the capital.



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By the time Dave Grohl and his bandmates hit the stage, opening with their high-octane classic All My Life, the crowd was ready to rock.

And rock they did, through a three-hour, 27-track set that spanned their illustrious career.

It was clear from the get-go that Foo Fighters were there to deliver a night to remember.

From the moment Grohl's guitar riff kicked off the night, it was apparent that this was going to be more than just a concert.

The Foo Fighters were in top form, and Grohl's energy was infectious.

"Good evening, London! Are you ready to rock?" he shouted, and the stadium roared back in approval.

One of the night's many highlights was Grohl's impromptu cover of Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven, a move that sent the crowd into a frenzy.

This was followed by a rare live performance of Big Me, much to the delight of longtime fans.

The surprises kept coming as Grohl's daughter, Violet, joined the band on stage to perform Show Me How, a shoegaze single from their latest album, But Here We Are.

The emotional high point of the night came when Grohl dedicated Aurora to the family of their late drummer, Taylor Hawkins.

"This one's for our brother Taylor," Grohl said, his voice tinged with emotion.

The band then launched into Best of You, a performance that had the entire stadium singing along.

But the real show-stopper came during the encore. As the band returned to the stage, Grohl announced a special guest for I'll Stick Around.

Enter Shane Hawkins, Taylor's son, who took over the drums and delivered a performance that would have made his father proud.

The sight of Shane pounding the drums with the same ferocity as his late father brought tears to many eyes in the audience.

The Foo Fighters ended the night in spectacular fashion with their anthem Everlong, complete with a jaw-dropping fireworks display that lit up the London sky.

It was a fitting end to an unforgettable evening, leaving fans eagerly awaiting their next show.

And speaking of their next show, the Foo Fighters are set to rock London Stadium again on Saturday, 22nd June, before heading to Cardiff's Principality Stadium and Villa Park in Birmingham.

If Thursday's performance was anything to go by, fans in those cities are in for a treat.

This isn't the first time young Shane Hawkins has stepped into his father's shoes. Taylor Hawkins, who drummed with the Foo Fighters from 1997 until his untimely death at 50 in March 2022, left behind a legacy that his son is proudly continuing.

Shane's first major performance in his father's stead was at a tribute concert where he played My Hero, a song that holds deep meaning for the band and its fans.

Grohl praised the then-16-year-old Shane, saying: "Let me tell you, I don't think I've ever seen anyone hit the drums as hard as this person."

Since then, Shane has been keeping the beat alive, performing with the supergroup cover band Chevy Metal and filling in for his dad at several Foo Fighters concerts, including their headlining performance at Boston Calling last May. The bond within the Foo Fighters family is clearly strong.

"Our band is truly like a family. Because we've been together for so long, we truly love each other," Grohl said at the festival.

"So tonight, all of our families are here because we have to do this together."

Just days before their London Stadium show, Shane and Grohl gave a surprise performance at the Rock & Roll Pizza Bar in California.

The duo, along with their bandmates, tore through a set of classic covers from Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Mötley Crüe, and Queen, Taylor Hawkins' favourite band. The night was a testament to the enduring spirit of rock and the power of family.

As the Foo Fighters continue their 2024 tour, one thing is clear: the legacy of Taylor Hawkins lives on through his son Shane and the unwavering dedication of Dave Grohl and the rest of the band.