Miley Cyrus sings with Def Leppard on the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Show
The Taylor Hawkins tribute concert brought a variety of musical highlights Tuesday night (September 28) to Los Angeles, serving as a culmination of the many influences that flourished in the late drummer’s mind. One of the highlights came when a trio of Def Leppard members stepped in to rock some classic tunes, with help from Miley Cyrus, Weezer drummer Pat Wilson and Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl Pat Smear. and Chris Shiflett and their support. singers.
The first of the performance came the group’s 1983 single “Rock of Ages” from the Pyromania album, but not without frontman Joe Elliott sharing an anecdote for the first time. “Thirty years ago, Phil [Collen] walked into a guitar shop in Laguna Hills and a 20-year-old sold him a bunch of guitar strings,” Elliott recalled. “And about four or five years later, we did top pops in England and this kid walks into the locker room, and [Phil] said, ‘What the hell are you doing here?’ He was playing drums for Alanis Morissette and it was Taylor Hawkins.”
The line-up led by Elliott, Collen and Rick Savage, along with Wilson, Grohl, Smear, Shiflett and the backing vocalists then released “Rock of Ages” in Hawkins’ honor. You can see a video taken by a fan of this performance below.
Watch Def Leppard, Foo Fighters + Weezer’s Pat Wilson Perform ‘Rock of Ages’
But that was just the precursor to adding a special guest to this lineup. Miley Cyrus was introduced to the crowd, then joined the collective to take on another Pyromania 1983 hit, “Photograph”, which served as the group’s single.
Cyrus, dressed in black with dark sunglasses, swapped voices with Elliott on the floor, the two simultaneously shouting their “whoa’s”. “I love you Taylor Hawkins. This was for you,” Cyrus said toward the end of the performance. Take a closer look thanks to the video taken by a fan below.
Watch Miley Cyrus perform “Photograph” with members of Def Leppard, Weezer + Foo Fighters
You can check out the full setlist for the night, as well as the performance video here and get a closer look at Van Halen’s performance led by Wolfgang Van Halen during the night here.