“What a blast!” Brian May, Roger Taylor performing with Pink on Freddie Mercury singing WATCH | music | entertainment

Taylor Hawkins tragically passed away at just 50 earlier this year, and the Foo Fighters paid tribute to the drummer with two rock concerts in his memory. The premiere took place at Wembley Stadium this month with the likes of Liam Gallagher, Brian Johnson, John Paul Jones, Lars Ulrich and Sir Paul McCartney joining Dave Grohl and the band on stage. Queens Brian May and Roger Taylor, who were regular collaborators with the late musician, also performed in his honor at the same venue they had for Freddie Mercury over 30 years ago – joined by vocals by UK 2022 Eurovision singer Sam Ryder.

Brian also performed on Love Of My Life, encouraging the audience to join the lights from their phones, and create a beautiful show around the stadium.

The 75-year-old does this halfway through the set of Queen and Adam Lambert with virtual Freddy joining on screen behind him, but this time it was up to Taylor.

Then, the Foo Fighters held a second memorial for the drummer in Los Angeles on Tuesday night at the Kia Forum, where the likes of Miley Cyrus and Alan Morissette performed on the song’s 53-track set.

Brian and Roger flew specifically for this as well, joined this time by Justin Hawkins from The Darkness who can sing Freddy’s opera falsetto for We Will Rock You and Under Pressure.

Roger also performed his hit song Queen I’m In Love With My Car, before a big finale with P! nk singing Freddie’s Somebody To Love.

After the epic concert in Los Angeles, Bryan posted on his Instagram account: “This definitely happens on my wall at home! Every hail between you!!!!! What a blast!!! Wild.”

The drummer Queen also shared a photo of himself with the singer on the show and simply captioned his message: “What a girl! What a night!”

The guitarist was particularly affected by Taylor’s death, as he shared an emotional tribute on his social media ahead of the two concerts.

Read more: Wembley Tribute review by Taylor Hawkins

In 1998, Taylor played drums on Brian’s single Cyborg, which appeared on his solo album In Another World, which he re-released this year.

Brian previously told Express.co.uk: ‘He’s never done a studio session for someone else, so it’s been tight-knit to the extreme – you can imagine. Man, don’t believe it! I think he’s so well represented on the ring – it’s crazy, the amount of energy there is.”



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