When the Red Hot Chili Peppers replaced the Foo Fighters at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, drummer Chad Smith took a moment to pay tribute to his late friend and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. The Foo Fighters were to headline the Fest before Hawkins died.
To close their set, RHCP drummer Chad Smith gave a short speech in honor of his late friend. “We just found out two weeks ago because the Foo Fighters were supposed to play here tonight. We love the Foo Fighters and we love our brother Taylor Hawkins. It means a lot to us to be able to play for them.
Smith then expressed his sympathy to Hawkins’ wife Alison, who was in attendance, the Hawkins family, and the rest of the Foo Fighters. He ended his speech by inhaling a chant of “We Love You, Taylor.”
“So on three, I want to hear everyone we love Taylor. Ready, one, two, three,” he shouted.
Before their set, Smith explained that their performance would be “a celebration” of Hawkins’ music.
Taylor’s wife, Allison Hawkins, said of the replacement: “That’s what he would want and he would be very happy for you to play and he would want it to be just a positive experience.”
The performance also marked several covers for the band following the return of guitarist John Frusciante.
The West Coast rock band performed ‘The Zephyr Song’ for the first time since 2004. They also released ‘If You Have to Ask’ for the first time since 2017 and closed the show with ‘By the Way’ for the first time since 2007.
RHCP released their latest studio album, Unlimited love, last month. To celebrate their record-breaking comeback, the group will embark on an extensive arena tour from June through September.
The tour will see high profile supporting artists such as The Strokes, A$AP Rocky, HAIM, Beck, St. Vincent and King Princess joining the rock icons. See full tour dates HERE.
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