On Tuesday night, the second of two tribute performances to Taylor Hawkins took place in Los Angeles.
Although many of the same musicians who played the London Tribute show earlier this month also played the LA gig at Kia Forum, there were also quite a few performances that were exclusive to LA.
Violet Grohl, daughter of Dave Grohl, performed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” as the evening’s opening number.
Former Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Alain Johannes joined Grohl on stage, and together they performed a solemn version of the song.
Violet Grohl’s selection to kick off the somber evening is indicative of the personal character of the honors paid to the late Foo Fighters drummer.
Towards the end of the London event, Hawkins’ son Oliver Shane played the drums on “My Hero,” conveying his love for his father in what was arguably the night’s most memorable moment.
The younger Grohl was, maybe unconsciously, channeling the affections of her father for his close friend.
Besides Miley Cyrus and Def Leppard and Foo Fighters, the LA Tribute concert also featured Kesha and Chevy Metal performing “Heroes” by David Bowie, Mark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt, and Dave Grohl performing “Right Down the Line” by Gerry Rafferty, and Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age performing “Just What I Needed” and “Shake It Up” by The Cars.