Picture gallery: all the action from the Taylor Hawkins tribute concert

Montage of shots from Wembley Stadium
(Image credit: Andreas Neumann, Danny Clinch, Scarlet Page, Kevin Mazur)

The dust has settled, and an event that was greeted with a degree of skepticism in some quarters has been universally acclaimed as an extraordinary, life-affirming triumph. 

Imaginatively planned, slickly choreographed and undoubtedly emotional, the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert was a show – like Live Aid, or the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert – that people will talk about for decades. For every person lucky enough to score a ticket for Wembley Stadium, another six will claim to have been there.  

It was a night of surprises. Them Crooked Vultures. The James Gang. Alex and Geddy.

It was a night that flipped wildly between grief and joy. Brian May performing Love Of My Life, the stadium a galaxy of smartphone torches. Shane Hawkins beating the hell out of his dad's kit. And Dave Grohl. Dave Grohl!  

It was a night when Grohl, who's specialised in producing isolated moments of magic at Foo Fighters shows – dragging audience members onstage or bringing surprise superstars in from the wings – showed he could somehow sustain such wizardly for hours on end, all the while being put through a physical and emotional wringer. It was truly a performance for the ages. 

There's another show set for the Kia Forum in Los Angeles on September 27. Many of the performers from London will be there. Some fresh faces will appear. Can such magic happen again? It's hard to imagine that those levels of emotional intensity can possibly be sustained. But with Dave Grohl at the helm, anything is possible.  

A gallery of images from Wembley stadium follows. Click the arrows to navigate through the slideshow.

Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.