These songs ache with loss, even as they explode in full-bore rock mayhem, and that loss extends beyond the deaths of loved ones.
The rock group played the first of two tribute concerts for their late drummer Taylor Hawkins, who died in March at the age of 50.
Hawkins, who died in March, won 15 Grammys and became a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2021.
The show, despite a delay caused by the pandemic and brief moments of seriousness, was mostly a highly professional, relentlessly energetic showcase for the pleasure of live music. Plus a few awards.
In a year of particularly wide-ranging nominees and competitive fields, bandleader Jon Batiste and the duo Silk Sonic came away with big prizes. Ukrainian president Zelenskyy also made an appearance.
The multi-platinum band announced that it has canceled all upcoming tour dates, calling the death of its drummer a "staggering loss." Hawkins died Friday in Colombia where the band was on tour.
The longtime drummer for the megaplatinum band has died. On Saturday, Colombian officials released a statement, saying they found evidence of 10 types of substances in Hawkins' body.