Miley Cyrus shares voicemail from Taylor Hawkins encouraging her to sing Def Leppard song

30 September 2022, 13:41 | Updated: 30 September 2022, 14:05

Miley Cyrus and the late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins
Miley Cyrus shared a voicemail she received from the late Taylor Hawkins. Picture: 1. Charles Sykes/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images 2. Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

By Jenny Mensah

The star revealed why she joined Def Leppard for a performance of their Photograph hit at the Taylor Hawkins tribute show.

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Miley Cyrus shared a voicemail left to her by Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins, who she revealed was her neighbour.

The singer-songwriter was one of the artists to perform at the Taylor Hawkins tribute concert at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles on Tuesday (27th September).

Cyrus joined Def Leppard for a performance of their Photograph anthem and the next day, she took to Twitter to explain why.

In an audio clip posted to the platform Hawkins can be heard saying: "What up Miley? It's Taylor. I heard you're moving. Where? I'm listening to Photograph by Def Leppard. You could kill that one. Make Chaney learn that."

Cyrus captioned the message: "A personal request from the legend himself. #TaylorHawkins 📷 my friend, my idol…. My neighbor. Growing up on a farm I never could see the light of another house nearby, but living by Taylor for the years that I did out in LA were some of the most fun times of my life."

The Wrecking Ball singer added: "I miss Taylor so much like everybody else. It was such an honor to celebrate him last night and perform w@DefLeppard So lucky to have known him not just as a superstar but to have spent time watching him just be a dad and a husband!"

Sharing another clip of her performance, she added: "Last night was the most special way to remember the MOST special person!@foofighters forever "

READ MORE: What was played at the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert in London?

The star studded event also saw performances from the likes of Queen, Alanis Morissette, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith, P!nk, Wolf Van Halen, Them Crooked Vultures, Def Leppard and Joan Jett.

Dave Grohl's daughter Violet Grohl opened the show last night with a cover of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, which was accompanied by guitarist Alain Johannes.

Alanis Morissette, who gave Hawkins his first big break on tour, performed her iconic single, You Oughta Know, joined by Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith.

And Def Leppard, Foo Fighters and Weezer jammed on the iconic Rock of Ages.

Jack Black gave a dedication to Taylor Hawkins and introduced one of "Taylor's all time" favourite bands, Rush, who in turn said it was: "A privilege to be here".

Foo Fighters went on to play a 12-song set, with help from the likes of Travis Barker, Justin Hawkins, Dave Chappelle, Pink and Taylor Hawkins' son Oliver Shane Hawkins.

Dave Grohl ended the incredible 53-set gig with an emotional performance of Everlong, accompanied on the drums by Taylor Hawkins close friend, Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

READ MORE: Here's what was played at the Taylor Hawkins Tribute gig in LA

Taylor Hawkins Tribute Show Setlist - LA, Kia Forum 27th September 2022

  1. Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen cover) - Violet Grohl (with Alain Johannes)
  2. Cherry Bomb - Joan Jett and Foo Fighters
  3. Bad Reputation - Joan Jett with Travis Barker
  4. Riff Raff (AC/DC cover) - Chevy Metal
  5. Owner of a Lonely Heart - (Yes cover) - Chevy Metal with Jon Davison
  6. Heroes - (David Bowie cover) - Chevy Metal with Kesha
  7. Range Rover Bitch - Justin Hawkins + Josh Freese + The Coattail Riders
  8. It's Over (Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders) - Justin Hawkins + Josh Freese + The Coattail Riders
  9. Something About You (Level 42 cover - Justin Hawkins + Josh Freese + The Coattail Riders with Mark King
  10. I Believe in a Thing Called Love (The Darkness cover) - Justin Hawkins + Josh Freese + The Coattail Riders with Rufus Taylor
  11. Walk Away - James Gang
  12. The Bomber: Closet Queen / Bolero / Cast Your Fate to the Wind - James Gang
  13. Funk #49 James Gang with Dave Grohl
  14. Right Down the Line (Garry Rafferty cover) - Mark Ronson + Andrew Wyatt + Dave Grohl
  15. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Elton John cover) - Them Crooked Vultures
  16. Dead End Friends - Them Crooked Vultures
  17. Long Slow Goodbye (QOTSA cover) - Them Crooked Vultures
  18. Panama (Van Halen cover) - Wolfgang Van Halen + Justin Hawkins + Josh Freese + Dave Grohl
  19. Hot for Teacher (Van Halen cover) - Wolfgang Van Halen + Justin Hawkins + Josh Freese + Dave Grohl
  20. Rock of Ages (Def Leppard cover) - Wolfgang Van Halen + Justin Hawkins + Josh Freese + Dave Grohl
  21. Photogrpah (Def Leppard cover) - Wolfgang Van Halen + Justin Hawkins + Josh Freese + Dave Grohl
  22. Live Wire - Mötley Crüe + Foo Fighters with Derek Day
  23. Home Sweet Home - Mötley Crüe + Foo Fighters with Derek Day
  24. Shake It Up (The Cars cover) - Josh Homme + Elliot Easton + Foo Fighters
  25. Just What I Needed (The Cars cover) - Josh Homme + Elliot Easton + Foo Fighters
  26. Barracuda (Heart cover) - P!nk + Nancy Wilson + Foo Fighters with Jon Theodore
  27. Next to You (The Police cover) - Stewart Copeland + Foo Fighters
  28. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - Stewart Copeland + Foo Fighters with Jon Davison
  29. You Oughta Know - Alanis Morissette + Foo Fighters
  30. Supernaught (Black Sabbathsong - Sebastian Bach + Geezer Butler + Lars Ulrich + Foo Fighters
  31. Paranoid (Black Sabbath song - Sebastian Bach + Geezer Butler + Lars Ulrich + Foo Fighters (Followed by Jack Black trbiute/ intro speech for Rush)
  32. 2112 Part I: Overture (Rush song) Geddy Lee + Alex Lifeson - with Dave Grohl
  33. Working Man (Rush song) Geddy Lee + Alex Lifeson - with Chad Smith
  34. YYZ (Rush song) Geddy Lee + Alex Lifeson - with Danny Carey
  35. The Day I Tried To Live (Soundgarden cover) - Taylor Momsen + Kim Thayil + Matt Cameron + Krist Novoselic + Dave Grohl + Pat Smear
  36. Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden cover) - Taylor Momsen + Kim Thayil + Matt Cameron + Krist Novoselic + Dave Grohl + Pat Smear
  37. We Will Rock You - Queen + Foo Fighters with Justin Hawkins
  38. I'm in Love with My Car - Queen + Foo Fighters (Roger Taylor on vocals, Rufus Taylor on drums)
  39. Under Pressure - Queen + Foo Fighters with Justin Hawkins
  40. Somebody to Love - Queen + Foo Fighters with P!nk
  41. Love of My Life - Brian May solo (followed by the Queen song Somebody to love with a Foo Fighters' tribute video)
  42. All My Life - Foo Fighters with Josh Freese
  43. The Pretender - Foo Fighters with Jon Theodore and P!nk
  44. Walk - Foo Fighters with with Travis Barker
  45. Low - Foo Fighters with Matt Cameron
  46. This Is a Call - Foo Fighters with Brad Wilk
  47. The Sky Is a Neighborhood - Foo Fighters with Patrick Wilson
  48. Creep - Radiohead cover with Dave Chappelle and Patrick Wilson
  49. Run - Foo Fighters with Omar Hakim
  50. Best of You - Foo Fighters with Rufus Taylor
  51. My Hero - Foo Fighters with Oliver Shane Hawkins
  52. I'll Stick Around - Foo Fighters with Oliver Shane Hawkins
  53. Everlong - Foo Fighters with Chad Smith

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