Out Now: ‘The Essential Foo Fighters,’ ft. the Taylor Hawkins-Led “Cold Day in the Sun” (Listen/Buy)

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As the years wore on and the Foo Fighters expanded their live show across the world stage, Dave Grohl and his band mates flexed their muscle, so to speak, with marathon concerts packing hits and some spirited cover songs of their musical heroes.

Also on the set list in later years was “Cold Day in the Sun,” a song written and sung by drummer Taylor Hawkins. Originally featured on the band’s 2005 double-album In Your Honor, “Cold Day in the Sun” became a live staple up until Hawkins’ tragic death back in March of this year at just 50 years of age.

Hawkins, a larger-than-life rock and roll icon who seems to have been friends with everyone, was a ball of energy onstage, and definitely enjoyed his time as front man at Foo Fighters gigs:

The track, which was technically released as a double A-side single with “No Way Back” as part of the In Your Honor cycle, is included on the track listing of The Essential Foo Fighters, a new compilation that is available on CD and 2-LP today, Oct. 28.

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The Essential Foo Fighters

The Essential Foo Fighters also features a slightly different track listing from 2009’s Greatest Hits, as it also features soem selection from 2021’s Medicine at Midnight, the final album from the band to feature Hawkins (and, perhaps, their final studio album ever).

1. Everlong
2. Making A Fire
3. Times Like These
4. Rope
5. Monkey Wrench
6. My Hero
7. Cold Day In The Sun
8. Big Me
9. Long Road To Ruin
10. Shame Shame
11. Best of You
12. All My Life
13. The Pretender
14. This Is A Call
15. Walk
16. Learn To Fly
17. The Sky Is A Neighborhood
18. These Days
19. Everlong (Acoustic Version)

Including “Cold Day in the Sun” on the track list is a nice way to honor the memory of Hawkins, without whom the Foo Fighters wouldn’t have been nearly as solid a live band as they’ve been since he officially joined the band in 1997.

We’re one month removed from the Foo Fighters’ incredible, star-studded concert tribute to Hawkins that took place at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles on Sept. 27, the second of two events honoring his memory. As of now, the band hasn’t announced any plans or news for the future, but it remains to be seen if Grohl, Pat Smear, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Rami Jaffee do plan on continuing on in some form.

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