Ten-year-old multi-instrumental extraordinaire Nandi Bushell made headlines across the internet once again when she challenged Dave Grohl to a drum-off on the Foo Fighters song “Everlong”. Now, the former Nirvana drummer has accepted the challenge and responded with a request of his own.
Bushell has gone viral numerous times for her spot-on covers of songs by Rage Against The Machine, Metallica, System of a Down, and more. Back in June, after her cover of “Guerrilla Radio” went viral, RATM guitarist Tom Morello sent Bushell one of his custom Fender Soul Power Stratocasters, telling her to “keep it up!”
On August 17th, Bushell posted her drum cover of “Everlong” off Foo Fighter’s sophomore album The Colour and the Shape, and challenging Grohl to a drum-off on the song he recorded 23 years ago. Bushell’s video, which shows the song is a lot more difficult on percussion than probably most of us realized, has already garnered nearly half a million views in just under two weeks, and word apparently got back to Grohl.
Nandi Bushell – “Everlong” (Foo Fighters) Drum Cover
[Video: Nandi Bushell]
My dream is to one day jam with Dave Grohl, @taylorhawkins and all the @foofighters! 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! #foofighters pic.twitter.com/Pmdhvl57uu
— Nandi Bushell (@Nandi_Bushell) August 17, 2020
In a video posted to the Foo Fighters’ Twitter account, Grohl performs on a drum kit he borrowed from his daughter. He goes on to say that “in the last week, I’ve gotten at least 100 texts from people all over the world saying, ‘This girl is challenging you to a drum-off, what are you gonna do?'”
Never one to back down from a challenge, Grohl fires right back at Bushell by requesting that she perform the drum part to “Dead End Friends” by Them Crooked Vultures. Grohl goes on to play the part himself, showing just how difficult it is and what the young girl has gotten herself into.
Haven’t played these songs in a loooooong time…..thanks for the inspiration!!!
Your friend in rock,
(Thanks to my daughter, Harper for letting me borrow her drum set) pic.twitter.com/Ytq47CcZRC
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) August 29, 2020