“Thank you for inviting me over to watch the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert yesterday,” Holly said sweetly and held up her coffee cup as if she planned to make a toast.
It was the Sunday before Labor Day and the best friends were seated on their favorite bench across the river. Instead of looking at the water, however, they were both drawn to the outdoor concert venue on the other side of the river.
“I only seemed fitting,” Aaron explained. “We were supposed to be over there together back in July for the Foo Fighters concert that never happened because of the tragedy…”
His voice trailed off and they continued to stare at the empty stage in the distance.
“It was quite a show, but my favorite parts were definitely when Foo Fighters played their set,” he admitted. “I was honestly worried they’d never play together again.”
Holly nodded her agreement as she drank her coffee.
“It was fun seeing them back up so many other famous names, but I agree that the best part was when they finally took over and totally rocked Wembley.”
Now it was Aaron’s turn to nod.
“How touching was it when Dave started crying while he was trying to sing Times Like These?” he asked. “Tears were welling up in my eyes as well.”
“Think about it,” she replied. “That’s the first Foo Fighter song the band has performed in front of an audience since Taylor died. And the words are pretty damn powerful when you’re dealing with loss..”
They sat in silence for a moment and contemplated that fact.
Her beautiful face lit up at the memory.
“The kid’s only 16, he’s taking his father’s place, playing on a song about a hero,” she pointed out. “How the hell did he keep it together long enough to rule that like a rock god?”
“He was amazing,” Aaron agreed with a huge smile. “And Dave’s reaction to it, watching his best friend’s son fill in like a seasoned pro, was absolutely priceless.”
“Amen!” Holly declared and held up her coffee.
This time, Aaron reached across with his Snapple to tap her cup.
“Would have been an amazing moment to share together,” he told her as he nodded across the water at the empty concert venue. “I really wish we had gone to that concert because it would have meant that Taylor was still with us…”
“Agreed, but we did share an amazing moment together yesterday,” she reminded him. “Think about all the joy that concert brought to millions of people across the world. Maybe even a sense of closure to fans who never got the chance to say goodbye to one of their heroes.”
Aaron nodded in agreement.
He whistled the chorus to My Hero and Holly quickly joined him.
RIP Taylor Hawkins.