Watch him as he goes.
Oliver Shane Hawkins, the late eldest son foo fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins carries on his father’s rock legacy. The 16-year-old joined local band The Alive to perform the legendary band’s 1997 hit “My Hero” at a block party in Laguna Beach on July 4.
Shane can be seen slamming on drums on the roof of a garage as onlookers watch from below in a holiday celebration TikTok. The teenager’s powerful performance comes less than four months after his father died while on tour in Bogota, Colombia, at the age of 50.
“When Taylor Hawkins’ son steps up on drums and dedicates the song ‘My Hero’ to his dad,” the video caption read. “The falcon would have been proud.” You can watch a clip of his performance here.
In their own Instagram post, The Alive shared a video of the mosh pit who took to the streets below their makeshift stage and thanked “@shane_hawkins_22 for sitting” with them during the performance.
The band, who are close friends with Shane, opened for Taylor’s cover band Chevy Metal and the Foo Fighters at a performance in Lollapalooza Chile just a week before the drummer died, per Variety.
Shane played with his dad and bandmates, including the Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl — throughout his life. In 2018, he joined Chevy Metal on stage to perform a cover of The rolling stones‘ 1978 single “I miss you” at a benefit concert for the Los Angeles Food Bank.
His latest performance comes a month after the Foo Fighters announced two tribute concerts honoring Taylor, to be held in London on September 3 and in Los Angeles on September 27.
A collection of iconic rockers, including Liam Gallagher, Brian May, Krist Novoselic, Mark Ronson, Miley CyrusJoan Jett, Alanis Morissette, PinkNikki Sixx and Chad Smith and others should occur. Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock will also make a special appearance at the London show.
The group first announced the concert lineup on Instagram. “To our dear friend, our badass bandmate, our beloved brother,” they wrote. “The Foo Fighters and the Hawkins family bring you the Taylor Hawkins tribute concerts.”
Taylor died March 25 during the Foo Fighters’ South American tour. A cause of death has not been disclosed, but drugs were found in the musician’s system and his heart weighed twice the normal weight. He is survived by his wife Alison and their three children: Shane, Annabelle, 13, and Everleigh, 8.
“Taylor’s endearing spirit and deep love of music will live on forever through the collaborations he has so enjoyed with other musicians and the catalog of songs he has contributed to and created,” Alison wrote in a June 8 Instagram statement. “To celebrate his life, it is now up to all of us who loved him most to honor Taylor’s legacy and the music he gave us.”