Wearing a white shirt and a black bow tie befitting a busboy at a fancy restaurant far more than a musician rocking out to an adoring audience, Hawkins covers Van Halen’s “Panama” with his band at Hawkins’ Laguna Beach High School in California.
Screams consistently fill the auditorium during the performance, which really has no right being as good or as entertaining as it. Besides showing how good the young Hawkins already was, the video showcases two pretty amazing tasseled-jackets that deserve just as much adoration.
It would be ten years after this video was shot when Hawkins would join up with the Foo Fighters, replacing William Goldsmith on drums. The band’s last album, Sonic Highways, was released in November of 2014. The band has been touring this summer, despite Dave Grohl breaking his leg during a show in Sweden this past June.
Hawkins has also released two solo albums with the band Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, the self-titled 2006 debut release and 2010’s Red Light Fever.
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