Red Hot Chili Peppers pay tribute to Foo Fighters drummer at Jazz Fest

The New Orleans Chief Music Festival wrapped up its first weekend with the Red Hot Chili Peppers paying tribute to the late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins by closing the show for his band.

awkins died March 25 and the Foo Fighters pulled out of their slot at Jazz Fest, the first time New Orleans has held the massive festival since Covid-19 canceled it in 2020 and 2021.

On Sunday, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith’s backbone drummer had a hawk figure like the one tattooed on Hawkins’ arm.

Taylor was written about, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported.

And at the end of the 90-minute set, Smith took center stage as Hawkins’ widow and members of the Foo Fighters stood right off stage.


The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform (Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform (Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

“We love the Foo Fighters and we love our brother Taylor Hawkins. It means a lot to us to be able to play for them,” said Smith, who then led the crowd, chanting “We love you Taylor.”

The vibe of Jazz Fest 2022 echoed the 2006 festival, which was held eight months after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans.

The 2020 and 2021 festivals were canceled by an entirely different storm – Covid-19.

The two-weekend event draws tens of thousands to the city’s Fair Grounds racecourse, where up to 80 musical acts perform daily on more than a dozen stages, complemented by live performances. arts and crafts and an array of stalls featuring foods from Louisiana and beyond. .

Jazz Fest attracts well-known artists like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Who and Lionel Richie, but is perhaps best known for showcasing a dizzying array of Louisiana talent, styles and musical genres – jazz, blues, cajun, zydeco and more.

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