Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes told Sky News that performing at the tribute concert in memory of his friend Taylor Hawkins was “one of the most amazing times of my life”.
The singer-songwriter took the mic for a cover of david bowieit is Modern Love alongside Chic’s Nile Rodgers on the six-hour epic foo fighters event, before his band performed their own favorites Richard III, Alright and Caught By The Fuzz later.
Held in honor of Hawkinswho died suddenly in March at the age of 50, the tribute show featured dozens of the late drummer’s favorite musicians and songs on an emotional evening at Wembley Stadium – the cheers of the crowd lifting Dave Grohl when he broke down during his performance of Times Like These.
“It was a beautiful night,” Coombes said. “I sang Modern Love with Nile Rodgers and it was just one of the most amazing times of my life. I mean, that song means a lot to me. It was a song that was a big part of my life. wedding.
“To be able to sing with Nile Rodgers at Wembley Stadium was something. I’ll never forget that. And what an amazing day for Taylor, what an amazing celebration for Taylor.
“I couldn’t imagine it would be like this, but to be there that day and see how it all came together, all the work that went into it, all the love for Wembley Stadium, it’s was a bit overwhelming.
“I think if he was looking down, Taylor, he’d kind of be like, ‘Man, what the hell is all this! But he was like, ‘Oh my God, this is crazy’.”
Behind-the-scenes footage of Supergrass touring with the Foo Fighters in the 1990s was shown to the crowd ahead of their performance, with actor and comedian Jason Sudeikis explaining how Hawkins was a huge fan of the British band and viewed their self-titled third album. – released in 1999 and with hits such as Moving and Pumping On Your Stereo – as “one of the greatest of all time”.
Onstage, Coombes paid tribute to the drummer before the band performed his breakthrough 1995 hit, Alright, saying, “Taylor Hawkins, forever f****** young.”
“He was just a fan, a music fan,” Coombes said. “In his free time, he created side projects, he recorded at home, he made music…
“During the lockdown, I mean, nobody particularly enjoyed it, but he used that time to explore musical things, which was exciting… he was just a nice, nice guy. And yeah, he’s gonna we miss a bit.”
The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts were put on by the Foo Fighters and Hawkins’ wife Alison, and another concert is planned for Los Angeles later in September, with proceeds going to the charities Music Support and MusiCares.
Coombes was speaking on the red carpet at the premiere of Moonage Daydream, the upcoming documentary by David Bowie who is the first to be officially sanctioned by his family and estate since his death in January 2016.
“We grew up listening to him, he was a huge inspiration,” the singer said. “Everywhere you turn, every record you look at, there is something magical, beautiful and pioneering.”
The Supergrass singer said he once met Bowie when the star invited the band to perform at the Meltdown festival he hosted in 2002.
“I actually met him on my way out. I was leaving…and I saw him in the hallway and he was going the other way and I just yelled, ‘David! “, Like a really nerdy teenager. And he turned around and came over and said, ‘Oh, hey Gaz, how are you?’ The fact that he knew who I was was a beautiful thing.”
Noel Gallagher was also among the stars of the premiere, and told Sky News how Bowie inspired him while making his latest record with his band, the High Flying Birds.
Moonage Daydream will be released exclusively in IMAX cinemas on September 16 and in UK cinemas from September 23