Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and AC/DC’s Brian Johnson joined forces at the Taylor Hawkins tribute concert at Wembley Stadium tonight (September 3).
The special concert paid tribute to the late Foo Fighters drummer with performances by Liam Gallagher, Mark Ronson, Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age, Supergrass, Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, Travis Barker of Blink-182, Kesha and Sequel.
The surviving members of the Foo Fighters featured Ulrich and Johnson onstage in the middle of the night. “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome our good friends Lars and Brian Johnson from AC fucking DC to the stage,” Grohl said. The couple hugged the band as they walked out backstage and joined the band for two songs.
“It’s fantastic,” Johnson said as the musicians launched into a cover of AC/DC’s “Back In Black.” Justin Hawkins of The Darkness also joined the proceedings midway through, taking the microphone from Johnson, before trading lines with the singer.
“Woo, that was fun! Johnson exclaimed afterwards. “I liked it, thank you.” The band then ripped a version of AC/DC’s “Let There Be Rock”.
“Taylor, I know you’re watching,” Ulrich said as he was about to leave the stage. “I know you hear that, I know you feel that. We fucking love you. On behalf of everyone at Metallica, nothing but love. Thank you Wembley, see you soon. Look at the moment above, around the -2.46.30 mark.
Grohl and Hawkins’ Foo Fighter bandmates opened the concert with a moving speech that paid tribute to their late drummer. “For those of you who knew him personally, you know no one else could make you smile, laugh, dance or sing like him,” the frontman said.
Comedian Dave Chappelle also recalled spending time with the rock star and his son in New York. “I’ve seen Taylor be a rock star many nights, but this was the first time I’ve seen him be a dad, and what a fucking cool dad,” he said. “Taylor Hawkins is a legend of a man, he’s a legend of a musician and he’s a legend of a father.”
Liam Gallagher kicked off the live music today, performing two songs from Oasis with help from surviving members of the Foo Fighters, while Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers shared a heartwarming story about Hawkins in a special video message.
Grohl’s 16-year-old daughter Violet also took the stage to cover two Jeff Buckley songs during the show, and supergroup Them Crooked Vultures reunited for the first time in 12 years. Supergrass also played, the trio recalling a tour with Foo Fighters and Hawkins in the 90s.
Foo Fighters closed the night with a star-studded set featuring a rotating cast of drummers including Travis Barker, Nandi Bushell and Hawkins’ 16-year-old son Shane. Paul McCartney also joined the band on stage, delivering a performance of two Beatles songs.
Hawkins, who played drums with Foo Fighters from 1997 while performing in bands like Chevy Metal and Taylor Hawkins And The Coattail Riders, died in March 2022. He was 50.