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Taylor Hawkins’ son plays “My Hero,” RATM kicks off reunion tour, Pearl Jam jams with Johnny Marr

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Here’s what’s been happening lately in the world of live rock music:

Shane Hawkins, the son of late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, paid tribute to his father with a cover of the Foos classic “My Hero.” Shane joined the band The Alive to play drums on a live rendition of the song during a July 4 neighborhood party in Laguna Beach, California.

If The Alive sounds familiar to you, that may be because the band’s usual drummer, teenager Kai Neukermans, made headlines when he filled in for Matt Cameron during a Pearl Jam show.

You can watch footage of the “My Hero” performance via TikTok.

Rage Against the Machine finally kicked off their U.S. reunion tour Saturday in East Troy, Wisconsin. The outing, which marks the “Killing in the Name” outfit’s first live shows together since 2011, was originally scheduled for 2020 before being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Setlist.fm, the show included performances of classics like “Killing in the Name,” “Bulls on Parade” and “Sleep Now in the Fire” as well as Rage’s cover of Bruce Springsteen‘s “The Ghost of Tom Joad.” Social media video shows that the band also used an onstage screen to declare “Abort the Supreme Court,” a reference to its recent overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Finally, Pearl Jam jammed with The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr on Saturday during the grunge band’s show in London. Marr joined PJ for covers of Neil Young‘s “Throw Your Hatred Down” and The Who‘s “Baba O’Riley.”

Pearl Jam also played in London on Friday and were joined by tennis legend John McEnroe for a rendition of Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.”

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