In March, American musician and drummer for legendary rock band Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins, died at the age of 50 in a hotel room in Bogotá, Colombia, while on tour in South America. He and Foo Fighters were due to play at the Estéreo Picnic Festival, although understandably that gig was cancelled.
Although no cause of death was given at the time, Colombia’s attorney general later said that Hawkins’ urine toxicology test at the time of his death revealed 10 different substances in his system, including opioids, benzodiazepines, antidepressants and marijuana, per Newsweek. He is survived by his wife Alison and three children – Oliver Shane, Annabelle and Everleigh – per TMZ.
Hawkins was a major figure in the music world, having been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his band just the year before, in 2021, and even named one of the best rock drummers of all time by Drum Magazine. As part of the Foo Fighters as of 1996, he had also won 15 Grammy Awards from 31 nominations. Of course, the music world reacted to his untimely death with sadness and countless musical honors. However, there is one tearful tribute that stands above all others – that of his only son, 16-year-old Oliver Shane.
Oliver Shane Hawkins plays My Hero as a tribute to his late father
On September 3, Oliver Shane Hawkins stepped behind the drums on stage at London’s Wembley Stadium to pay tribute to his late father, Taylor Hawkins. There he performed the Foo Fighters single “My Hero” in 1998.
Per Rolling Stone, the concert had an all-star line-up of drummers, beginning with Travis Barker, Josh Freese and Rufus Taylor, among others, and ending with the young Hawkins. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone bang the drums as hard as this person,” Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl told the audience, “but beyond that, he’s a member of our family.” This isn’t the first time Hawkins’ son takes up the drums to pay tribute to his late father; In early July, the 16-year-old played alongside a local band in Laguna Beach, California for a July 4th party, according to the Daily Mail. Appropriately, they played the same song.
The hearts of viewers and Foo Fighters fans went out to the late Hawkins and his loved ones after the performance. “Beautifully heartbreaking,” wrote one Twitter user. News anchor Julianne Pelusi spoke for many fans as she explained: “It was such an emotional moment and Oliver Shane Hawkins nailed it for his dad.”