Sam Ryder took to the stage tonight to join a long list of celebrities to pay homage to late Foo Fighters’ drummer Taylor Hawkins. Hawkins had just been inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame last year, a few months before he was found dead in his hotel in Bogotá, Colombia, in March 2022.
The concert took place at Wembley Stadium in London and lasted over six hours! Sam Ryder sang a 5 minute rendition of Queen’s “Somebody To Love” from 1976, along with Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters and Brian May from Queen, with Roger Taylor on drums!
In fact, when Grohl introduced Sam Ryder to Wembley, he had this to say:
“We have a very special guest tonight who you may not expect – we didn’t! When we were talking about this next song [“Somebody To Love”] to perform we weren’t entirely sure who should come up to sing it with us, and I think it might have been Roger [Taylor] that had this idea. […] Roger showed us a clip of someone singing along to this next song and we made one phone call and within 20 minutes this person told us that he he would come here tonight to sing it with us, so would you please welcome the most amazing vocalist, Sam Ryder come up to sing with us tonight!”
Other performers on stage at Wembley included members of Queen, Sir Paul McCartney, Liam Gallagher, Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Brian Johnson (AC/DC), John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), and Nile Rodgers. The concert closed with the with Foo Fighters’ first performance since Hawkins’ death.
This was the latest in a series of high profile performances for Sam Ryder, who has seen his career explode since placing second for the United Kingdom at Eurovision in Turin in May.
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