Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl breaks down mid-song at the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert

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Dave Grohl emotionally broke down mid-song as he performed at The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert off at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night, where crowds of fans and musicians gathered to remember the late drummer.

Taylor died suddenly in March of this year in his hotel room in Colombia, at the age of 50, while The Foo Fighters were on the South American leg of their recent world tour.

In his memory, frontman Dave, 53, fronted the fundraiser and was joined on-stage by a string of stars including Paul McCartney and Queen – and even Taylor’s teenage son Oliver Shane.

But at one point during the star-studded show, Dave became overwhelmed with emotional as he joined his bandmates in belting out The Foo Fighters hit tracks. 

Heartbreak: Dave Grohl emotionally broke down mid-song as he performed at The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert off at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night

The American singer broke down in floods of tears mid-song during Times Like These, before bravely gathering himself together and continuing with the set.

As he sang the lyric, ‘Do I stay or runaway and leave it all behind?’, his vocals cracked as he became very tearful during the poignant moment. 

Earlier in the show, Dave had taken to the stage to thunderous applause with the rest of the band, and took over the drums that his late bandmate once helmed, as Liam Gallagher opened the show.

Several musicians took Taylor’s place as the drummer for the concert, including Dave Grohl’s daughter Violet, 12-year-old Nandi Bushell and Taylor’s own son, Oliver Shane, 16, who performed My Hero. 

Tragic: Taylor died suddenly in March of this year in his hotel room in Columbia, at the age of 50, while The Foo Fighters were on the South American leg of their recent world tour (pictured in August 2008)

Tragic: Taylor died suddenly in March of this year in his hotel room in Columbia, at the age of 50, while The Foo Fighters were on the South American leg of their recent world tour (pictured in August 2008)

Never forgotten: Grohl and his Foo Fighters bandmates gathered onstage while paying tribute to the drummer

Never forgotten: Grohl and his Foo Fighters bandmates gathered onstage while paying tribute to the drummer 

Tribute: In his memory, Grohl fronted the fundraiser and was joined on-stage by a string of stars including Paul McCartney and Queen - and Taylor's teenage son Oliver Shane

Tribute: In his memory, Grohl fronted the fundraiser and was joined on-stage by a string of stars including Paul McCartney and Queen – and Taylor’s teenage son Oliver Shane

Travis Barker also sat in the drummer’s seat to open the show, putting on an incredible performance of The Pretender and Monkey Wrench, finishing with a drum solo. The Darkness’ Rufus Tiger Taylor and Omar Hakim also took to the drums. 

Addressing the crowd during the show, Dave said no-one could make you laugh, dance, or sing like Taylor could as he paid tribute to his late friend.

He added: ‘We’ve gathered to bring you a gigantic f**king night for a gigantic f**king person. So sing and laugh and dance and f**king scream and f**king make some noise so he can hear us right now!

‘Cos you know what, it’s going to be a long f**king night!’

Here we go: Grohl, who began his career as a drummer with grunge legends Nirvana, took Hawkins' place on percussion during the gig on Saturday evening

Here we go: Grohl, who began his career as a drummer with grunge legends Nirvana, took Hawkins’ place on percussion during the gig on Saturday evening 

He believes in a thing called love: Justin Hawkins of The Darkness was one of many familiar faces at the special event

He believes in a thing called love: Justin Hawkins of The Darkness was one of many familiar faces at the special event 

It's all for you: The star-studded line-up lined arms as they remembered the tragic drummer's incredible life and career

It’s all for you: The star-studded line-up lined arms as they remembered the tragic drummer’s incredible life and career 

Getting involved: Stars including Chic legend Nile Rodgers...

... and former The Police drummer Stewart Copeland were among those paring tribute to Hawkins

Getting involved: Stars including Chic legend Nile Rodgers (L) and former The Police drummer Stewart Copeland (R) were among those paring tribute to Hawkins 

Family: Dave Grohl's daughter Violet, an accomplished singer in her own right, took to the microphone while her father supported her on drums

Family: Dave Grohl’s daughter Violet, an accomplished singer in her own right, took to the microphone while her father supported her on drums 

Incredible: Wembley Stadium was illuminated by adoring fans as they remembered Hawkins on Saturday evening

Incredible: Wembley Stadium was illuminated by adoring fans as they remembered Hawkins on Saturday evening 

Dave also gushed over the amount of support for the fundraiser, as he said that even if it was just Taylor’s close friends there, it still would have been at least 100 musicians show up.

Before introducing his daughter Violet and Mark Ronson to the stage, he said: ‘When we first started talking about putting something together for Taylor, we sat down and we said even if it’s his closest friends, that’s like 100 f***ing musicians. 

‘So this collection of friends and family and musicians, this is all brought together by him and we’re all connected here today by that one guy.

‘Bringing musicians that have never met, musicians that have never played together, all in one place, at one time, with all of you beautiful people to make f***ing noise for Taylor Hawkins.’

A whole host of stars took part in the six-hour concert, from Nirvana to Metallica, Queen, Led Zeppelin, RUSH, AC/DC, Paul McCartney and The Police.

Hands in the air: Those in attendance waved lighters while paying tribute to the tragic musician at the one-off event

Hands in the air: Those in attendance waved lighters while paying tribute to the tragic musician at the one-off event

It's all for you: Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders...

... and Geddy Lee of Rush got involved in proceedings on Saturday

It’s all for you: Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders (L) and Geddy Lee of Rush (R) got involved in proceedings on Saturday 

Blistering performance: Rush performed with Grohl behind them on drums during a powerful set at the event

Blistering performance: Rush performed with Grohl behind them on drums during a powerful set at the event 

Talent: Nandi Buchell showed off her percussion skills after getting behind the drum kit at Wembley on Saturday night

Talent: Nandi Buchell showed off her percussion skills after getting behind the drum kit at Wembley on Saturday night 

Special night: Grohl was overcome with emotion

Centre stage: Gaz Coombes of Supergrass also performed live

Special night: Grohl was overcome with emotion (L) on a night that also saw Gaz Coombes of Supergrass (R) perform live

We will rock you: Queen legends Brian May and Roger Taylor later took to the stage with Grohl and his bandmates

We will rock you: Queen legends Brian May and Roger Taylor later took to the stage with Grohl and his bandmates 

Dedication: Frontman David Grohl took to the stage to thunderous applause with the rest of the band, and took over the drums that his late bandmate once helmed, as Liam Gallagher opened the show

Dedication: Frontman David Grohl took to the stage to thunderous applause with the rest of the band, and took over the drums that his late bandmate once helmed, as Liam Gallagher opened the show

Racy: Kesha pulled out all the stops while paying tribute to Hawkins, who passed away aged 50 in March

Racy: Kesha pulled out all the stops while paying tribute to Hawkins, who passed away aged 50 in March 

A celebration of life: Josh Homme of Them Crooked Vultures grabbed the mic while taking his turn on stage

A celebration of life: Josh Homme of Them Crooked Vultures grabbed the mic while taking his turn on stage 

Speaking out: Grohl addressed the audience with a moving tribute to his friend and bandmate at the cavernous venue

Speaking out: Grohl addressed the audience with a moving tribute to his friend and bandmate at the cavernous venue 

Dave Chappelle even made an appearance at the gig to reminisce over hosting Saturday Night Live with the Foos as a musical guest in November 2020. 

Jason Sudeikis also dropped by to introduce Taylor’s other two bands – Chevy Metal and Coattail Riders. 

And Elton John spoke via pre-recorded message, saying: ‘I want to pay tribute to Taylor Hawkins because he was a great musician. But more than that he was a great father and a great husband and a great guy to hang out with.’

He added: ‘He played on my last album which I was so thrilled about and honoured. So, tonight is about remembering him, honouring him, and don’t ever forget him.’ 

Side by side: Justin Hawkins and Wolfgang Van Halen made a joint appearance onstage at the event

Side by side: Justin Hawkins and Wolfgang Van Halen made a joint appearance onstage at the event 

Honour: John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin played bass as the band performed in honour of the late drummer

Honour: John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin played bass as the band performed in honour of the late drummer

Getting involved: Sam Ryder took to the stage with rock legends Queen at the late Taylor Hawkins' Wembley Stadium memorial concert on Saturday evening

Getting involved: Sam Ryder took to the stage with rock legends Queen at the late Taylor Hawkins’ Wembley Stadium memorial concert on Saturday evening

They will rock you: Queen's Roger Taylor belted out the track with his bandmates and Ryder, who he had a hand in recruiting

They will rock you: Queen’s Roger Taylor belted out the track with his bandmates and Ryder, who he had a hand in recruiting

Magical: Brian May later performed acoustically as images of Hawkins were displayed in the background at Wembley Stadium

Magical: Brian May later performed acoustically as images of Hawkins were displayed in the background at Wembley Stadium 

Friend: Addressing the crowd, Dave said no-one could make you laugh, dance, or sing like Taylor could (pictured performing in February 2022)

Friend: Addressing the crowd, Dave said no-one could make you laugh, dance, or sing like Taylor could (pictured performing in February 2022)

Star-studded: A whole host of stars took part in the six-hour concert, from Nirvana to Metallica, Queen, Led Zeppelin, RUSH, AC/DC, Paul McCartney and The Police (Dave and Paul pictured at Glastobury 2022)

Star-studded: A whole host of stars took part in the six-hour concert, from Nirvana to Metallica, Queen, Led Zeppelin, RUSH, AC/DC, Paul McCartney and The Police (Dave and Paul pictured at Glastobury 2022)

Liam Gallagher opened the show with Oasis’ Rock and Roll Star, while Kesha also performed a rendition of Children of the Revolution.

And taking to Instagram, Kesha shared a carousel of snaps from the evening – including one with Taylor’s son Oliver, as the youngster followed in his dad’s musical footsteps.

The TiK ToK singer also shared pictures with frontman Dave backstage to her 3.2M followers, captioning: ‘Just a bunch of dorks playing Wembley’. 

Pals: The TiK ToK singer smiled for a selfie with frontman Dave as she prepared to take on Wembley

Pals: The TiK ToK singer smiled for a selfie with frontman Dave as she prepared to take on Wembley

Sweet: She also wrapped an arm around Taylor's son Oliver - who later took to the drums on stage

Sweet: She also wrapped an arm around Taylor’s son Oliver – who later took to the drums on stage

The Darkness’ Justin Hawkins followed to sing some of Taylor Hawkins’ songs, before Sir Paul McCartney performed The Beatles’ Oh! Darling as a duet with The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde.

Blink-182’s Travis Barker was also in attendance as he joined the band on stage to play the drums during their hits The Pretender and Monkey Wrench.

He attended with wife Kourtney Kardashian, as the pair donned matching leather jackets while paying tribute to the late rocker.

While Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and The Pretenders’ Martin Chambers were also on the drummer list 

The concert is the first of two planned tribute nights, with the other gig set to be in Los Angeles later this month.

Daring: Kesha donned a leather chained cover-up over a black bodysuit for the appearance

She captioned: 'Just a bunch of dorks playing Wembley'

Daring: Kesha donned a leather chained cover-up over a black bodysuit for the appearance

Drummer: Blink-182's Travis Barker was also in attendance as he joined the band on stage to play the drums during their hits The Pretender and Monkey Wrench - with wife Kourtney Kardashian attending with him

Drummer: Blink-182’s Travis Barker was also in attendance as he joined the band on stage to play the drums during their hits The Pretender and Monkey Wrench – with wife Kourtney Kardashian attending with him 

Closing out the show, Dave said: ‘I hope that you guys felt all the love from all of us and all of the performers because we felt it from you for Taylor tonight, so thank you everybody.’

He added: ‘I’d like to thank the Hawkins family for being here with us tonight’.

He brought out the musicians on stage for a final bow and signed off: ‘Let’s hear it one more time for Taylor f***ing Hawkins!’ 

It comes as the frontman also revealed that the funeral would be a ‘celebration’, confiding in The Struts’ Luke Spiller – who was close friends with Taylor.

Luke explained to The Sun: ‘This week we were all at 606 in London, and I took Dave to one side and said: ‘Thank you so much for considering me to be involved. I’m so happy I can contribute in some way.’

‘He told me: ‘Just remember, this isn’t some f-ing funeral. This is a celebration, and we are doing it at Wembley because Taylor deserves Wembley. Taylor deserves nothing but the best for his send off.’ And it’s right. I wish we didn’t have to do it. But it will be a moment and a day people will never forget,’ continued the musician.

In memory: A whole host of stars took part in the six-hour concert, from Nirvana to Metallica, Queen, Led Zeppelin, RUSH, AC/DC and The Police

In memory: A whole host of stars took part in the six-hour concert, from Nirvana to Metallica, Queen, Led Zeppelin, RUSH, AC/DC and The Police

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