Dave Grohl Sheds Tear During Foo Fighters Show Without Taylor Hawkins

It’s been over a year since Taylor Hawkinsunexpected passing, and the band recently gave their first full performance without the drummer at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion. During the show, Dave Grohl couldn’t hold back his tears when performing in memory of Hawkins.

After introducing their new touring drummer Josh Freese during the ‘Preparing Music For Concerts’ live stream, the Foos took the stage in New Hampshire. Just before the band started performing ‘Cold Day in the Sun,‘ Dave Grohl shared an emotional speech with the fans.

While tears streamed down his face, Dave Grohl said:

“Now, I have to say that this is something that I never thought I’d have to do. I’m going to try to do it. Taylor wrote this song. We used to sing it together. So I’m going to do it for him tonight.

Released in 2005, ‘Cold Day in the Sun’ saw Taylor Hawkins and Dave Grohl switch places, as Grohl got behind the drumkit while Hawkins handled the lead vocal duties. Speaking to The Globe And Mail in 2005, the drummer said the following about working with Grohl on the song:

“It’s hard playing a demo for Dave because he’s like my older brother — I know when he thinks something sucks. He says, ‘Hmm, yeah, that’s good,’ and then he’ll say, ‘I really like how affected your vocals are.’ Anyway, it’s a song Dave liked, and it lightened up the acoustic record.”

You can watch Dave Grohl’s emotional speech and the Foos’ performance of ‘Cold Day in the Sun’ below.