Watch Elton John’s Moving Tribute to Taylor Hawkins with ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’ from 1974

Watch Elton John’s Moving Tribute to Taylor Hawkins with ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’ from 1974

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Elton John has delivered a moving tribute to the Foo Fighters’ beloved drummer, Taylor Hawkins, who passed away unexpectedly last Friday (March 25th), aged 50. 

Hawkins was on tour with the Foo Fighters in South America at the time of his death. The band announced the sad news in a social media post, saying:

“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of Taylor Hawkins,” the statement read. “His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever. Our hearts go out to his wife, children and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect in this unimaginably difficult time.”


Tributes have been pouring in for the legendary drummer, with everyone from Liam Gallagher to Guns N’ RosesSlash have performed heartfelt tributes to Hawkins at recent shows around the globe.

Last night, music icon Elton John honoured Hawkins with a touching performance of his own 1974 track Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me during a US arena, show on his ongoing Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. John also shared his memories of the late music legend prior to the performance. Watch below.

Elton John | ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’ [Tribute to the late Taylor Hawkins]

Speaking about the passing of the Foo Fighters drummer, John said: “I was so shocked because he played on my ‘Lockdown Sessions’; he was one of the nicest people you could have ever met, and one of the greatest drummers, and a true musician who loved all sorts of music, and loved life.”

John continued: “And it seems so sad that at 50 years of age we’ve lost someone that had that much passion. And it makes me so downhearted for his family and his three children, his wife, his other relatives, and of course the Foo Fighters have lost a dearest loved one that can never ever be replaced.”

He added: “His music will live on, but I can tell you he was a great, great guy.”

Elton John | 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me'

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