Red Hot Chili Peppers Honor Taylor Hawkins During Festival Set

Red Hot Chili Peppers honored Taylor Hawkins at the conclusion of their set at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on Sunday night (May 1). After closing their performance with a rendition of “By the Way,” drummer Chad Smith — whose drum kit was emblazoned with “Taylor” — grabbed the mic to remember his departed friend. “We just found out about this [gig] two weeks ago, because Foo Fighters were supposed to play here tonight,” Smith said, alluding to the fact the Chili Peppers took over a headlining spot that the Foo Fighters vacated following Hawkins’ death. “We love the Foo Fighters, and we love our brother Taylor Hawkins. So this means a lot to us to be able to play for them.”