Watch 1,000+ Musicians Cover Foo Fighters’ “My Hero” in Tribute to Taylor Hawkins at Rockin’1000 Event

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Rockin’1000 first began as a coordinated attempt to bring the Foo Fighters the small Italian town of Cesena for a concert, a gathering of hundreds upon hundreds of musicians channeling their inner Dave Grohls in an impressive (and successful!) effort to get the band to pay a visit for a concert. It’s expanded in recent years, with the most recent coming earlier this month. Staging the first Rockin’1000 event in three years (a result of the pandemic), the group took special time out to honor late drummer Taylor Hawkins, and it was powerful.

As Consequence pointed out, the event saw more than 1,000 musicians from 25 different countries come together once again at Stade de France in Paris, an endless sea of drummers, guitarists, bassists and vocalists playing together, captured on drone cameras for a thoroughly impressive and slickly edited concert experience.

During the show, the ensemble tipped its collective cap to Taylor Hawkins, who passed away on March 25 and left a void in the rock scene. His death was a shock and its effects are still being felt throughout the community. In his memory, the Rockin’1000 participants powered through “My Hero” with a rendition that began with an acoustic guitar arrangement before the drums — and we mean A LOT of drums — took over.

It was a nice nod to how the Foo Fighters frequently played the classic ’90s hit live, Grohl starting it off on his own before Hawkins and the rest of the Foos came charging in around the midway point:

Rockin’1000 also unveiled another Hawkins tribute back on April 25, a group of drummers playing “Learn to Fly” in unison:

Kudos all around to a pretty spectacular tribute to one of the most dynamic drummers rock and roll’s ever seen.

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