Dave Grohl appears on stage with Sir Paul McCartney at Glastonbury in his first concert since Taylor Hawkins’ tragic death – ahead of Foo Fighters tribute concerts
Foo Fighters star Dave Grohl appeared on stage with Sir Paul McCartney at Glastonbury on Saturday night.
It marked the first time musician, 53, has taken part in any concert since the death of his bandmate Taylor Hawkins at the age of 50 in March 2022.
Taylor was found dead in his hotel room in Colombia. No cause of death was announced but a toxicology report showed traces of 10 different substances in his body – including opioids, marijuana and anti-depressants.
Unexpected: Foo Fighters star Dave Grohl appeared on stage with Sir Paul McCartney at Glastonbury on Saturday night
Introducing the singer, Paul said: ‘I’ve got a little surprise for you. My friend from the west coast of America, Dave Grohl.’
After Sir Paul revealed that Dave had flown in especially for the set, the Foo Fighters hitmaker said: ‘Well I started on Wednesday, then the flight got cancelled, back to the airport Thursday and then the flight got cancelled, but I swear I would never miss being on stage with you right now.’
The duo went on to perform a medley of songs, including Band On The Run.
Difficult: It marked the first time musician, 53, has taken part in any concert since the death of his bandmate Taylor Hawkins at the age of 50 in March 2022
Guests: Sir Paul brought out Dave and Bruce Springsteen onto the stage during his iconic set
Once they finished performing together, Sir Paul said: ‘Love you Dave thank you man we all love ya. Ladies and gentlemen one more time – Dave Grohl.’
It comes ahead of the Foo Fighters two tribute concerts that will honor the late drummer.
The rock band will play at London’s Wembley Stadium on 3 September and the Kia Forum in Los Angeles on September 27 to honour their ‘beloved bandmate’, who tragically passed away at the age of 50 in March.
The tribute concerts have been organised by Taylor’s family together with his bandmates Dave, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee.
Sad: Taylor was found dead in his hotel room in Colombia. No cause of death was announced but a toxicology report showed traces of 10 different substances in his body – including opioids, marijuana and anti-depressants (pictured in 2018)
The Best of You band said they would be teaming up with artists who inspired and were inspired by the late musician, ‘playing the songs that he fell in love with, and the ones he brought to life’.
Full details of the line-up will be announced.
Sir Paul made history as the oldest ever solo star to headline the Glastonbury Festival on Saturday, gracing the coveted Pyramid Stage in Worthy Farm.
The music legend, who last week celebrated his 80th birthday, took to the stage for a crowd of thousands with a medley of his biggest hits, his first performance at the festival since 2004.
Soon: It comes ahead of the Foo Fighters two tribute concerts that will honor the late drummer
During his set Johnny showed his allegiance to his pal Johnny Depp while performing his 2012 track, My Valentine, as he projected a clip of the actor from the song’s music video onto the screen behind him.
He recently used the footage in his recent US Get Back tour, while the Pirates Of The Caribbean star was in the midst of his defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard, which he later won.
Also featuring Natalie Portman, the black-and-white video sees the Hollywood star playing guitar and translating the track into sign language.
Paul did not address Depp’s $100million court case against Amber directly during the concert but as soon as the images of the actor appeared on stage, the crowd cheered.
Rock on: Taylor pictured performing on day three of Lollapalooza Chile 2022 with bandmate Dave Grohl on March 20
The Love Me Do hitmaker also got the crowd to cheer for his home city of Liverpool, as well as his late bandmate John Lennon, to whom he dedicated Here Today to.
The show proves a poignant moment in Paul’s lengthy career, as it also came 55 years to the day since The Beatles reached the largest audience in their history, when they performed on the world’s first global TV broadcast.
Greeting the crowd at the start of the show, Paul said: ‘Oh man, it’s so good to be here. We were supposed to be doing this three years ago!’ alluding to his prior booking at the festival, before it was cancelled due to the Covid pandemic.
The performer donned a smart navy blue Nehru jacket for the opening moments of his headline set, but later removed it, telling the crowd it would be his ‘only wardrobe change of the night.’
Along with his show coming 55 years since a historic worldwide performance by The Beatles, Paul also hearkened back to the group’s heyday by performing with his original guitar from his famous stint with the band.
During the show Paul also paid tribute to fellow rock legend Jimi Hendrix with a performance of Wings’ Let Me Roll It, and reflected on the time he spent with the musician when he visited London.
Incredible: Sir Paul made history as the oldest ever solo star to headline the Glastonbury Festival on Saturday, gracing the coveted Pyramid Stage in Worthy Farm
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