Before performing ‘Quick Escape’ at San Diego’s Viejas Arena on Tuesday (May 3), frontman Eddie Vedder honoured drummer Matt Cameron’s friendship with Hawkins.
“[Hawkins] emitted something very incredible and very special,” the Pearl Jam frontman told the audience. “We’re all missing him, and so, Matt, I’m sorry again for your loss. But it just gives us another chance to say how much we appreciate you as well.”
Hawkins passed away in March in Bogotá, Colombia, where the band had been touring. He was 50.
Cameron and Hawkins formed the band Nighttime Boogie Association in 2020 after they both took part in a tribute concert for the late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell in 2019.
Jett remembered Hawkins as “a fuckin’ wonderful guy”, adding: “[He] would light up a room. Kick-ass drummer.”
She added: “It’s really a tragedy that so many people who love him, lose him. But, you know, it’s not just physical. He’s around. And that’s hard for people to hear because they want the physical.”
Red Hot Chili Peppers also paid tribute to Hawkins during their headline set at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival last weekend. The band stepped in for Foo Fighters, who cancelled all of their forthcoming tour dates in the wake of their late drummer’s death.