Watch: DAUGHTRY And MARK TREMONTI Pay Tribute To TAYLOR HAWKINS With Cover Of FOO FIGHTERS' 'My Hero' In New Orleans
March 27, 2022
DAUGHTRY was joined by Mark Tremonti (ALTER BRIDGE, TREMONTI) and Lyell on stage last night (Saturday, March 26) at Fillmore New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana to perform a cover version of FOO FIGHTERS' "My Hero" as a tribute to Taylor Hawkins. Fan-filmed video of the performance can be seen below.
Back in September 2018, DAUGHTRY frontman Chris Daughtry, a Season 5 "American Idol" finalist, told the Charlotte Observer that he texted FOO FIGHTERS frontman Grohl about going to a FF concert in San Jose that took place that month and Grohl actually invited him to come on over. Expecting only a quick meeting, Daughtry was surprised when Grohl invited him into the FOO FIGHTERS' dressing room where they ended up sending two hours talking about music and more.
"I'm, like, 'You guys have a show to put on, right?" Daughtry recalled. "You've been in here telling stories...for two hours plus and you've gotta go out and play now... How do you do this and walk out and still have a voice?' And [Grohl] goes, 'What better way to walk out on stage then after you've been hanging out with friends and laughing and having a good time? You're already in a great mood.'
"We usually hang out with our guests after the show," Daughtry explained. "It's always this 'quiet before the storm' for us in the hours before the show. So I think that was an interesting takeaway, that maybe we shouldn't take everything so seriously."
Hawkins died at a hotel in Bogota, Colombia on Friday (March 25). Local officials said an ambulance was sent to the hotel after a man reported having chest pains. The 50-year-old FOO FIGHTERS drummer did not respond to resuscitation efforts and was declared dead, the city's health department said.
On Saturday, the Colombian attorney general's office announced that Hawkins had opioids, marijuana and other drugs in his system before he died. A toxicology report showed traces of 10 substances in his body, including anti-depressants, the office said. The statement added that the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences "will conduct the necessary medical studies to ascertain the cause of death" and that it "will continue the investigation and will report the results obtained within the framework thereof in a timely manner."
FOO FIGHTERS announced Hawkins's death on their Instagram account. "The FOO FIGHTERS family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins," the announcement read. "His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever. Our hearts go out to his wife, children and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect in this unimaginably difficult time."
The FOO FIGHTERS were scheduled to perform Friday at the Picnic Stereo festival in Bogota but their performance was canceled.
The band played Lollapalooza Chile on March 18 and Lollapalooza Argentina on March 20. They were scheduled to headline Lollapalooza Brasil on Sunday (March 27).
Hawkins has been open about his history of drug use. He overdosed on heroin in 2001 and spent a week in a coma, just four years after joining the FOO FIGHTERS.