Pearl Jam pay tribute to Taylor Hawkins at BST Hyde Park show

music news 11/07/2022

Pearl Jam paid tribute to the late Taylor Hawkins on their second night headlining American Express Presents BST Hyde Park.

The US rockers took to the stage in London on Saturday (09.07.22) and during their set, frontman Eddie Vedder took the time to remember the Foo Fighters drummer, who tragically passed away in March.

He said: “There’s another guy who really loved London… we all knew him and loved and respected, and we were enlightened by him. It was one of the brutal losses we’ve had recently. I’m talking about Mr Taylor Hawkins."

Later in the set, the 57-year-old singer took a moment to acknowledge those fighting against Russia in Ukraine.

He said: “I just want to send one out to the good folks fighting for their homeland back in Ukraine.”

The group had also performed in the park on Friday (08.07.22) and when they came out on stage, Eddie promised to sing "all the songs we didn’t play last night”.

He added: “We are very, very grateful to you - you great bunch of humans. With two years of no shows we’re out of practice, but you’re already better than ever."

Sure enough, fans assembled at the Great Oak Stage were treated to an overhauled 22-song set, with 'Animal', 'Black', 'Rats' and 'Yellow Ledbetter' among the tracks given an airing.

As they left the stage, Eddie said: "Thank you for the last two days. Take care of yourselves, take care of our planet. We love you.”

It's not the first time the band have honored Hawkins.

In May, the band covered Foo Fighters 'Cold Day in the Sun,' with drummer Matt Cameron on lead vocals. 

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