Mark Ronson on the Taylor Hawkins tribute concert: “I was on the cusp of rocking out and breaking down”

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,[Hawkins] “Should have played on thousands more recordings,” said Ronson, who appeared at the emotional event this month.

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Mark Ronson has paid a new tribute to Taylor Hawkins, saying that the “beloved” late drummer “should have played on thousands more recordings”.

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Ronson spoke NME As part of this week’s special Big Read cover feature, which offers an in-depth and behind-the-scenes look at the recent star-studded Taylor Hawkins tribute concert in London.

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The producer guest-starred at this month’s Wembley Stadium event, teaming up with Dave Grohl’s daughter Violet to perform The Zootons’ “Valerie” (made famous by Ronson’s 2007 hit cover with Amy Winehouse).


talking to NME After the show, Ronson explained: “It was Taylor’s day but it felt like the theme of the day was about all the other rock ‘n’ roll legends who are unfortunately no longer with us, whether it was Bowie, Jeff Buckley or Amy. Are.

“Without taking the shine away from Taylor, I was just singing about everyone who should still be jamming with us.”

He continued: “I knew Taylor a fraction as well as others who performed, but it was amazing to be around all these other people who love Taylor, because it was nice to spend a little more time with her.” . Him.

“We were texting for three days before we were about to cut some records. He should have played on thousands more recordings. He was really lovely to a wide spectrum of people and musicians.”

Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert on the cover of NME

The tribute gig also hosted the sets of Queen, Liam Gallagher, Them Crooked Vultures, Brian Johnson, and Lars Ulrich, before a touching closing show from the Foo Fighters himself.


The band’s most-hits-filled finale saw them teaming up with a revolving cast of guest drummers including Travis Barker, Nandi Bushell and Hawkins’ 16-year-old son Shane.

“The whole day gave everyone a chance to come together and communally celebrate, mourn, and feel something together,” Ronson explained. NME, “Throughout the set of Foo Fighters, I was on the verge of shaking and breaking down.”

during an interview with NME In July, Ronson talked about working with Hawkins on King Princess’s 2022 single “Let Us Die.” “It’s one of the most fucking incredible drum performances I’ve ever recorded,” he said at the time.

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NMEK’s latest Big Read feature also includes chats with Supergrass drummers Danny Goofy and Kesha, as well as thoughts from some of the fans who attended the gigantic concert.

“As a musician, [Hawkins] was kind of invincible,” Goffi explained. NME, “His play for three hours at breakneck pace was worth watching. It was almost supernatural. ,

Taylor Hawkins died on 25 March in Bogota, Colombia. He was 50 years old. The second tribute show is scheduled to take place on September 27 at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles.

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