Ever since he took the UK to second place at Eurovision 2022, Sam Ryder has been booked and busy. The latest achievement on the British singer’s list is appearing at the recent Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert, where he performed together with Brian May and Roger Taylor, two of the original members of iconic British band Queen.
Taylor Hawkins was the drummer of acclaimed American rock band Foo Fighters before he sadly passed away in March 2022, at only 50 years old. To honour the memory of their late drummer, Foo Fighters have organised a couple of tribute concerts. For the first of these at Wembley Stadium, they invited numerous long-living legends on stage: Paul McCartney of The Beatles, Liam Gallagher of Oasis, Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, plus Justin Hawkins of The Darkness (no relation to Taylor Hawkins).
But Brian May and Roger Taylor also brought some guests, including Eurovision star Sam Ryder. The “SPACE MAN” hitmaker took on the role of Freddie Mercury, the band’s original vocalist, and gave an incredible performance of the song “Somebody To Love”.
Foo Fighters founder Dave Grohl noted at the concert that they didn’t initially know who should sing “Somebody To Love” at the event. But at the suggestion of Queen’s Roger Taylor, they decided Sam was the person for the job. Grohl introduced Sam as “the most amazing vocalist” – something Eurovision fans and now many other will no doubt attest to.
Of course, the audience loved the performance from Sam Ryder at the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert.
Those who have been following Sam from TikTok will have seen him cover various Queen songs, such as “Bohemian Rhapsody” or “I Want To Break Free”. Seeing the British star now performing with half of the original band members is an absolutely delightful full-circle moment.
This is just the latest in a string of career highlights for Sam over recent months. Back in May, the viral TikTok star gave the UK an incredible result at Eurovision 2022, finishing as the runner-up with his song “SPACE MAN”.
Since then, Sam has hit #2 on the UK singles chart; performed at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at Buckingham Palace; sung the national anthem at the Formula 1 British Grand Prix; appeared at Capital’s Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium and more.
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