“We’ve been on this band so lengthy, we actually are a household,” Dave Grohl stated throughout Foo Fighters’ headlining present at Boston Calling. “And our households are with us tonight, as a result of we have to do that collectively.”
Grohl was talking proper earlier than he performed a solo rendition of “Chilly Day within the Solar,” a music he used to sing with the late Taylor Hawkins. On Wednesday earlier within the week, he’d dusted off the observe for the primary time in 5 years, giving an emotional performance throughout Foo Fighters’ warmup present in Gilford, New Hampshire. “I attempted to do it the opposite night time, and I’m gonna attempt to do it once more,” Grohl stated on Friday (Could twenty sixth). “And I’m gonna do it for Taylor’s household, and I’m gonna do it for Taylor.”
Whereas he was capable of get by means of it this time with out choking up, the emotional sentiment was no much less highly effective. It was made much more impactful as a result of instantly afterwards, Grohl welcomed out “one in every of my favourite drummers on this planet,” Hawkins’ son, Shane. The teenaged drummer had demonstrated his chops throughout the tribute shows for his father, however as poignant as these performances have been, there was one thing uniquely affirming about Shane’s look at Boston Calling.
He joined the band for “I’ll Stick Round,” one of many songs he performed through the Los Angeles Hawkins tribute. After spending a while adjusting new Foo Fighters drummer Josh Freese’s package (“Oh my god, there’s a curfew Shane!” Grohl joked whereas he vamped about lacking The Nationwide and listening to “the viewers going completely fucking bonkers” for Niall Horan), he slammed into the music, even chopping off Grohl’s introduction. Head-banging and making faces like he was truly consuming the notes, the younger Hawkins demolished the drums like a seasoned professional.
It wouldn’t be stunning if in a couple of years there was one other Hawkins on the everlasting Foo Fighters lineup. Which is why his efficiency was so heartening — greater than taking part in in reminiscence of his father, he was taking part in like he was making a reputation for himself. It’s exhausting to not be within the shadow of your dad and mom after they’re as well-known and beloved as Taylor Hawkins, however Shane has confirmed he’s able to standing out on his personal.
And he wasn’t the one younger member of the family to affix in for the Foo Fighters large pageant “comeback” look: Violet Grohl, Dave’s delicate-voiced daughter, was additionally available. She was launched previous to the “Chilly Day within the Solar” efficiency, echoing her dad on “Disgrace Disgrace” after which sitting on the drum riser for “Rope.” The elder Grohl is named one of the crucial energetic and interesting front-people in music; the teenaged Grohl didn’t attempt to match his power, however nearly confirmed him up together with her vocals.