Recently, one of two special live tribute events took place to celebrate the life and legacy of the late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins; among the numerous artists who had a strong emotional reaction to the first show, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor found himself bawling his eyes out.
At a different show that took place on the same day as that first Taylor Hawkins tribute event (September 3rd), Trent Reznor addressed his audience and spoke to how emotional he got watching the event. He reflects on the late Taylor Hawkins and speaks to his efforts to appreciate what’s happening in the here and now. The following was transcribed by Ultimate Guitar.
“Did any of you happen to catch the tribute to Taylor Hawkins today? I thought, ‘I’ll tune in, I knew Taylor. He was a really sweet guy.’ I know a lot of friends were playing, I started watching it, and three hours later I’m still watching. And I’ve got tears in my fucking eyes.”
“It got me thinking. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth checking out, ’cause it’s really well done. It’s very touching and sincere. And it got me thinking about, you know, in my life these days I try to be mindful of what’s happening right now and appreciating what’s happening right now instead of worrying about tomorrow.”
Have you had a chance to check out footage from that first tribute event? Among the plethora of touching performances that took place, one that really blew us away was when Taylor’s son Shane joined the Foo Fighters on stage for a performance of “My Hero.” To check out footage of that performance, follow the link below. Also, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith recently talked about how Taylor spent thousands of dollars on drum gear for kids who couldn’t afford the gear themselves.