"We're the fun part," Taylor Hawkins said at Saturday Night's benefit concert in Hollywood for Age of Autism and Generation Rescue. "But we know why we're here."
And oh, the fun part! Hawkins and his two Chevy Metal bandmates threw down a seriously jambalistic 90-minute set of 70s-ish rock at the Sayers Club. (Taylor said in a local radio interview on Thursday it's the kind of stuff that would have appealed to a meth dealer in 1974. Actually it appeals to anyone with a rock bone in their body.) Rolling Stone covered the showi n an article that ran yesterday.
Taylor is the drummer, a gig he also performs in a side group called the Foo Fighters. Actually, no! This is the side group, and the Foo are freaking world famous. But calling Chevy a side project or a cover band does nothing to capture the wild authentic energy at the heart of it all. The heart is Taylor's insane drum licks, which cause his long straight blond hair to mop his face in the manner of an Afghan hound shaking off a pesky fly.
For the encore, Taylor leapt from the drums to the main mike and wailed like a one-man Led Zeppelin. There was a whole lotta love.
And that was just on stage. People boogied In place and the Grey Goose flew, with bottles delivered with sparklers and some sort of internal illumination that made them look like lamps for library desks. But not.
All power to Candace, who pulled all this together with her GR staff after Taylor's sister in law, Tara, who has an affected child, got in touch with AOA about Taylor's offer to do an autism benefit if Tara handled the logistics.
AOA's Kim Stagliano pulled in GR, Sayers made a generous agreement with us, and the rest was a rockin' blast. Tara brought it all back home when she briefly told the crowd about the need to put "the CDC under pressure" to produce a vax-unvax study and end the autism nightmare.
"Tara is the reason we're all here tonight," Candace told the crowd. That's when Taylor said, "We're the fun part, but we know why we're here." His nephew -- his family -- has been harmed, and like a few million other folks, most of whom are not in rock
AOA Contributing Editor and Foo fanatic Julie Obradovic floo in for the event and said it was beyond worth it, a bucket-list must do. Taylor gave her a big kiss and worked the crowd like a pal, not a pro doling out meet-and-greet quotas. Rolling Stone interviewed Taylor before the show. (One more reason to subscribe to the mag that printed and won't retract Bobby Kennedy Jr.'s "Deadly Immunity.") So watch Random Notes.
Julie and I joked that under normal circumstances we'd never get past the rope line at the Sayers Club, so hip that it doesn't have a name on the door. (I'm pretty sure Julie would, actually.)
Rock on! We know who we are, we know why we're here, and
we're here to stay.
Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.