Dave Grohl with Nandi Bushell
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Foo FightersDave Grohl is giving drumming wonder-child Nandi Bushell the praise she deserves, calling her drumming “the true meaning of rock ‘n’ roll.”

The connection between the two drummers began back in August 2020 when Bushell challenged the frontman to a drumming battle at the beginning of her cover of Foo Fighters’ 1997 single “Everlong.”

In the video’s description, Bushell states that her dream is to “one day jam with Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, and all the @Foo Fighters!” 

Grohl accepted Bushell’s challenge, and after a few rounds of their virtual drum-off, the young musician emerged victorious from the challenge.

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The drumming rivals reunited during Bushell’s vacation in the U.S., where she was invited to perform with Foo Fighters at The Forum in Los Angeles.

The young drummer’s dream to jam with Foo Fighters came true as she played the drums to “Everlong.”

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Grohl shares how much of a positive effect Bushell has already made in both the music world and with Foo Fighters.

“If you want to see the true meaning of rock ‘n’ roll,” Grohl says, “watch Nandi play the drums. That is as inspiring as any Beatles record, any Zeppelin record, any AC/DC record, any Stones record.

“To watch her play the drums and see her passion and belief in this music,” he continues. “…If that doesn’t inspire you, I don’t know what will.” 

Grohl concludes by discussing his experience with sharing the stage with Bushell and the unexpected benefit after her performance.

“So, the fact that we got to share a moment with her onstage makes all of this worthwhile,” Grohl says. “And the funniest is, after jamming with Nandi, ‘Everlong’ went back on the charts.”

The drummer has already gone on to accomplish numerous achievements such as being the youngest person to be featured on the cover of Modern Drummer, Cartoon Network’s first “kid-musician-in-residence” as well as meeting and jamming with musical influences such as Grohl, Tom Morello and more.