Pearl Jam Pay Tribute To Taylor Hawkins At Gigaton Tour Opener

Grunge legends Pearl Jam paid tribute to Foo Fighters‘ late drummer Taylor Hawkins during their tour opener on Tuesday night, May 3, at San Diego’s Viejas Arena.

Pearl Jam kicked off their previously postponed North American tour on Tuesday in support of their 2020 album Gigaton.

According to Spin, before performing “Quick Escape,” frontman Eddie Vedder honored the band’s drummer Matt Cameron‘s friendship with the late Foo Fighters drummer.

“He emitted something very incredible and very special. We’re all missing him, and so, Matt, I’m sorry again for your loss,” he said. “But it just gives us another chance to say how much we appreciate you as well.”

Cameron and Hawkins were friends and played drums together often. Last fall, the duo performed Queen‘s “Keep Yourself Alive” together at Vedder’s Ohana festival.

Hawkins, who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2021 as a member of Foo Fighters, died at the age of 50 on March 25, 2022, in Bogotá, Colombia.

The Foo Fighters were scheduled to perform in Bogotá as part of Festival Estéreo Picnic. According to local news reports, the drummer was found dead in his hotel room.

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