Dave Grohl honored Kent Stax, the late drummer of Grohl’s former band Scream, during Foo Fighters’ set at Louder Than Life Festival by dedicating “Everlong” to the artist. Watch the performance below.
“I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for Scream, and the man whose place I took in that band, Mr. Kent Stax,” Grohl said. “One of the best punk rock drummers of all time. He passed the other day. So this one’s for Kent.”
Scream announced Stax’s passing on September 20th, just one day after the DC hardcore legends announced DC Special, their first full-length album since 1993. According to the band, Stax died after “a bout with metastatic cancer.”
“Kent is the original heartbeat of Scream,” the band shared in a statement. “Though we have had to continue on without him before, we have always known Kent is irreplaceable. He was one of a kind. In addition to being a truly unique drummer, Kent was also an accomplished fisherman, skilled carpenter, and avid train enthusiast.”
Stax originally played with Scream from 1981 to 1987, after which he was replaced by a then-teenaged Grohl. Grohl performed with the band until 1990, when he joined Nirvana, and has since sporadically joined them on stage over the years. He even plays on DC Special, due out November 10th.
Foo Fighters will continue to tour North America in support of But Here We Are, their first album since the 2022 passing of Taylor Hawkins, into October, while they’ll head to the UK in 2024. At recent shows, the band has performed with everyone from Shane Hawkins and Violet Grohl to Hayley Williams, Alanis Morissette, Michael Bublé, and Billy Idol. Find tickets to their North American shows via StubHub, while seats for their UK run are available through Viagogo.