Taylor Hawkins’ teenage son Oliver Shane paid tribute to his late father with a touching tribute to Foo Fighters’ “My Hero” on drums. The 16-year-old sat down with a local cover band, The Alive, in Laguna Beach, Calif., where the late Foo Fighters drummer grew up.
The 4th of July rooftop performance found its way to TikTok with the caption: “When Taylor Hawkins son steps up on drums and dedicates the song ‘My Hero’ to his dad. The falcon would have been proud.
The Alive also posted on Instagram to commemorate the emotional performance, saying, “Thank you to the Laguna Beach community, the police (for not shutting us down), @spliffriff_ and the @marcusskenderian family. Special thanks to @ shane_hawkins_22 for sitting down.
The Alive already has ties to the Foo Fighters. In March, the California band opened for the Foo Fighters in Lollapalooza Chile, just a week before Hawkins died. They had also opened for Taylor Hawkins cover band Chevy Metal.
Hawkins died suddenly at the age of 50 in Bogotá, Colombia, while the band was touring South America. No cause of death has been publicly shared. Alison Hawkins, Taylor’s wife since 2005, shared a public statement about his death in June. “My deepest thanks and admiration go out to the global Foo Fighters community and Taylor fans for the outpouring of love each of you have shown beloved Taylor,” the statement began. “Your kindness has been an invaluable comfort to my family and I during this unimaginable time of grief.”
Hawkins teammates Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee also play two tribute shows to honor the late Foo Fighters drummer in September 2022 – one in London, the other in Los Angeles. Guests set to perform include Miley Cyrus, Joan Jett, Alanis Morrissette and Pink, to name a few. Proceeds will go to charities in the US and UK of the Hawkins family’s choice.