Miley Cyrus continued her tribute to the late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins this week by revealing the heartwarming inspiration behind her performance.
In a tweet Wednesday, Cyrus posted an audio clip of a voicemail she received from Hawkins before he died this spring. In it, he suggests she cover Def Leppard’s 1983 hit, “Photograph.”
“What’s up, Miley?” It’s Taylor. I heard you moving,” Hawkins said in the clip. “I listen to ‘Photograph’ by Def Leppard. You could kill this one.
Cyrus responded to that request Tuesday night, joining Def Leppard onstage at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles to perform “Photograph.”
This performance was one of many highlights of an all-star tribute concert celebrating Hawkins’ life, with appearances from Dave Chappelle, Alanis Morissette and Pink, among others.
Catch a snippet of “Photographing” below.
In a follow-up tweetCyrus noted that Taylor “missed her so much like everyone else”.
“It was such an honor to celebrate last night and play [with] Def Leppard, ” she added. “So lucky to have known him not only as a superstar, but to have spent time watching him just be a father and a husband!”
Hawkins died March 25 at the age of 50. At the time of his death, he was in Bogota, Colombia ahead of a scheduled performance with the Foo Fighters.
Cyrus previously honored Hawkins at Lollapalooza Brasil in March. Taking to the stage just days after the drummer’s death, she dedicated the song “Angels Like You,” from her 2020 album, “Plastic Hearts,” to his memory.
“I would have done anything to go out with him again,” she said at the time, wiping away tears. “So I couldn’t imagine how the Foo Fighters felt today.”