Watch Red Hot Chili Peppers pay tribute to Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins on two TV shows

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Red Hot Chili Peppers paid tribute to late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins last night (April 1) during two US TV performances promoting their newly released Unlimited Love album. 

The Los Angeles quartet made appearances on two top-rated talk shows - Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon - last night, having released their twelfth studio album earlier that same day. The Chili Peppers played the album's lead-off single, Black Summer, on Jimmy Fallon's show, and performed brand new single, These Are The Ways, on Jimmy Kimmel.

Both performances saw drummer Chad Smith acknowledge the passing of his long-time friend Hawkins, as his bass drum head featured the word 'Taylor'.

Taylor Hawkins passed away suddenly in Colombia on March 25. 

Watch the two performances below:

Earlier this week, Smith saluted Hawkins as the Chili Peppers were honoured with their own star on the iconic Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

During Smith's acceptance speech at the March 31 ceremony he said, “I have to give a shoutout to my brother Taylor Hawkins. I love you, Taylor. He would laugh and make a smart ass comment about this whole thing.” 

Having cancelled all future live gigs, Foo Fighters have also withdrawn from the Grammy Awards, which is due to take place tomorrow, April 3, in Las Vegas.

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Born in the North of Ireland, Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.