NHC covers David Bowie and Queen on first full show: watch
After making a low-key debut at the Ohana Festival in September, NHC performed their first full show last night (November 23) at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. The supergroup, which consists of Foo fighters‘ Taylor hawkins, Janes Addiction‘s Dave Navarro and Chris chaney, played a set of 15 songs. The first half of the show was devoted to songs from their upcoming debut album, including songs that have already been released (“Devil That You Know”, “Lazy Eyes”, “Feed the Cruel”, “Better Move On”) and songs that didn’t. They then played a few tracks from Hawkins’ solo career (“Louise” and “Range Roger B *** h”) before wrapping up the night with Queen and David Bowie blankets and a special guest.
The guitarist of the Foos Pat smear and chorister Barbara gruska, who doubled as the group’s drummer when Hawkins moved away from the kit to lead the group, has played with NHC throughout; however, for the finale – a cover of Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” – Hawkins’ 14-year-old son Shane played the drums.
“He’s a little fucking badass,” Hawkins told the crowd as he took the stage. “It’s for g ***** n for sure.”
During the performance, Hawkins changed the lyrics to, “He went too far / But the boy can Shane play f ** kin ‘drums.”
Check out the “Ziggy Stardust” cover above.
In a recent interview with Rolling stone, Hawkins revealed the biggest difference between writing music with NHC and Foo Fighters.
âFoo Fighters is really Dave’s band,â he said. âA lot of times when we record a Foo Fighters record Dave has demos pretty close to what he wants to hear. We just go in and fill in the blanks. Sometimes things happen nearby, but often he has a pretty clear idea of ââwhat he wants. “
âNHC was the first time either of us had been in a writing situation where we were just throwing the ball,â he continued. âIt’s like playing wrestling, literally. A writing or recording session for us is the three of us playing baseball in a backyard.