The contenders joined by Dave Grohl at Taylor Hawkins Tribute
The Pretenders were joined by Dave Grohl at the Taylor Hawkins tribute concert in London on Saturday.
“If there’s one band that Taylor and I share a musical love for, it’s this band that we’ve spent many nights singing and dancing with,” Grohl said when creating The Pretenders Chrissie Hynde and Martin Chambers.
But Grohl didn’t go far, laying down a bass as Hynde launched into a gritty, punk version of “Precious.” It was the first of two songs taken from the Pretenders’ 1979 self-titled debut album, followed by “Tattooed Love Boys”.
Although they haven’t played together in almost three years, Hynde, Chambers and longtime guitarist James Walbourne have shown no signs of rusting. Grohl fits in perfectly. “Is there anything he can not play?” Hynde joked, adding, “Well, he’s married, so I’m probably not going to find out.”
Paying tribute to Hawkins, Hynde said, “He loved me, but I loved him more.” She noted that the next song they would play was “the one Taylor would have requested” as the band slipped into “Brass in Pocket”.
In 2019, Hynde appeared on Hawkins’ third and final album with his solo band, the Coattail Riders, take the money. Hynde sang on the LP’s title track, which also featured guest appearances from Joe Walsh and Duff McKagan.
Hawkins completed the album between his Foo Fighters engagements. “I have a home studio,” he said in an interview with Billboard in 2019. “And even though the Foo Fighters tour a lot, we do it in two to three week stages and then we have a few weeks off. So I was writing stuff on the road, and then when I was at the house, I would sneak over to the guest house where my studio is and put on some tunes.”
Prior to working with her on “Get the Money,” Hawkins had never met Hynde. The drummer admitted at the time that the Pretenders singer called the album’s title “juvenile”.
“Hard, man,” he said. “She’s a tough girl. But I caught her soft side.”
In May, Hynde acknowledged Hawkins’ death in a Facebook post. “I’m still angry at the abrupt departure of Taylor Hawkins,” she said. “You know, I sang on his album, I spoke to him a hundred times on the phone (about bands, bands and other bands), but I never really got to meet him. He was in London a few years ago. and invited me out with him and his wife for a walk around town, but I was stuck with something (COVID? I’ll never know for sure). So disappointed. He was a cheerful personality.
A second Hawkins tribute concert is scheduled for Los Angeles on September 27.
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