Dave Grohl Accepts 10-Year-Old Drummer's Virtual Drum-Off Challenge
Dave Grohl continues to spend the pandemic virtually jamming with fans as the Foo Fighters frontman accepted a drum challenge issued by a 10-year-old British girl.
On August 17th, in a viral clip viewed over 500,000 times on YouTube and 2 million times on Twitter, 10-year-old Nandi Bushell — who posts videos of her drumming along to rock hits — delivered a note-perfect performance of Foo Fighters’ “Everlong.”
Bushell previously went viral with a cover of Queens of the Stone Age’s “No One Knows” and also played Nirvana’s “In Bloom” on an episode of Ellen earlier this year; both songs feature Grohl’s stick work.
“My dream is to one day jam with Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and all the @Foo Fighters! Mr Grohl I would love to have a drum battle with you! I LOVE Everlong it’s really hard to play as it’s so fast but so much FUN,” Bushell wrote in the video’s caption.
On Saturday, Grohl responded to the challenge, telling Bushell in a video uploaded onto the Foo Fighters’ Twitter that he was bombarded by hundreds of texts about the young drummer’s challenge:
Grohl played about 30 seconds of “Everlong” on his daughter Harper’s kit before noting, “I haven’t played that song since the day I recorded it in 1997. Our drummer Taylor Hawkins plays that song on tour for us almost every night.” Grohl then challenged Bushell to drums on he’s more familiar with, Them Crooked Vultures’ “Dead End Friends.”
“I’ve seen all your videos, I’ve seen you on TV, you’re an incredible drummer. “I’m really flattered you picked some of my songs to do for your videos,” Grohl told Bushell. “This is my response to your challenge. Now the ball is in your court.”
Bushell replied on Twitter soon after, “Challenge Accepted! Mr Grohl you are amazing! Thank you so much.”
Earlier this month, Grohl made a surprise appearance during a Philadelphia musician’s virtual “Grohl-A-Thon” to sing Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing” with the host.
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