The Taylor Hawkins Tribute in L.A.

“A revolving door of rock heroes”

Those words from Dave Grohl about two hours in to the Taylor Hawkins Tribute concert on Tuesday night at the Forum in LA and they couldn’t have been more accurate.

I think we all hate the reason for one of the most incredible musical experiences but all the stars that took the stage wanted to honor their friend Taylor Hawkins. And what do musicians do to honor someone…they play music.

While we got some stories, the night was more about the music. Lots of love and miss you Taylor from the artists but not a lot of stories…it was six hours of great Rock N Roll in what Dave Grohl called the hometown show. Taylor Hawkins grew up near the Forum and it was his favorite place to play.

While we knew the lineup going in, seeing Miley Cyrus sign with Def Leppard, PINK was incredible, Queen, Queens of the Stone Age, Alanis Morissette, RUSH, Joe Walsh and the James Gang, Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee and even Dave Chappelle.

Many have asked me what was the best part…and this sounds like a coach with a cliché answer but all of it…The Forum, the lineup, hell I don’t even mind the $20 Miller Lites…it was an incredible experience.

Watching Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson play (I never saw Rush live – never saw Neil Peart) with Chad Smith from RHCP was awesome. Skid Row’s Sebastian Bach, Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich playing Sabbath…

The Foo Fighters played about an hour and a half of their music rotating drummers. I loved seeing Chad Smith, Travis Barker and Matt Cameron playing drums for Foo…but it was Taylors son Shane Hawkins on the drums for “My Hero” that stole the show.

If you love music, watch all six hours. It was a night I will never forget and the best event I have been to for $120 a ticket.

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