Dave Grohl burst into tears whereas performing ‘My Hero’ in honour of late drummer Taylor Hawkins at Foo Fighters’ first live performance together with his substitute Josh Freese.
The Grammy-winning rockers kicked off their tour on the Financial institution of New Hampshire Pavilion on Wednesday night time (24.05.23), the place they welcomed their new sticksman to the band and thanked him for “saving” the group following the tragic lack of Taylor – who was discovered useless in his resort room in Colombia, in March 2022, aged 50.
Talking to the group, frontman Dave, 54, stated: “Would you please welcome the person behind the drums Josh Freese, who has helped save the band.
“We’d not be right here tonight if it weren’t for Josh, so everyone give Josh a giant f***ing spherical of applause please.”
Throughout the emotional efficiency of ‘My Hero’, a hawk lit up the stage in Taylor’s reminiscence, and Dave struggled to carry again the tears.
Later within the present, Dave’s daughter Violet, 17, joined the group to carry out ‘Disgrace Disgrace’ from their 2021 LP ‘Drugs At Midnight’.
Earlier than their first correct live performance, Josh was unveiled as their new drummer at their ‘Foo Fighters: Making ready Music For Concert events’ livestream on Sunday (21.05.23).
Josh is understood for taking part in for the likes of Weapons N’ Roses, 9 Inch Nails and Paramore.
He was amongst a number of drummers to pay tribute to Taylor at a pair of tribute live shows in Los Angeles and London.
The Foos have devoted their upcoming album to Taylor, and Dave’s late mom Virginia Hanlon Grohl.
The ‘Stroll’ rockers will launch ‘However Right here We Are’ on June 2, and so they’ve shared that the report is in honour of their beloved bandmate, and the frontman’s guardian, who handed away the identical yr.
Sharing the minimalist white cassette and album cowl for the LP, which is designed by Morning Breath INC, the Grammy winning-group tweeted the album dedication: “For Virginia and Taylor.”
The follow-up to 2021’s ‘Drugs at Midnight’ is described as: “A brutally sincere and emotionally uncooked response to every little thing Foo Fighters endured over the past yr.”
In a letter to followers, the ‘Better of You’ hitmakers vowed to be “a special band going ahead” following the devastating lack of Taylor.
They wrote: “As we are saying goodbye to probably the most tough and tragic yr that our band has ever recognized, we’re reminded of how grateful we’re for the people who we love and cherish most, and for the family members who’re not with us.
“Foo Fighters had been shaped 27 years in the past to signify the therapeutic energy of music and a continuation of life. And for the previous 27 years our followers have constructed a worldwide neighborhood, a loyal help system that has helped us all get by means of the darkest of instances collectively. A spot to share our pleasure and our ache, our hopes and fears, and to hitch in a refrain of life collectively by means of music. With out Taylor, we by no means would have turn into the band that we had been — and with out Taylor, we all know that we’ll be a special band going ahead.
“We additionally know that you simply, the followers, meant as a lot to Taylor as he meant to you and we all know that once we see you once more — and we’ll quickly — he’ll be there in spirit with all of us each night time.”
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