Recently, 10-year-old Nandi Bushell blew us away with her solo cover of Joy Division’s classic “Love Will Tear Us Apart.” The gifted youngster showed off her incredible musical skills by playing all of the instruments in the song. We weren’t the first to appreciate her talent, though. She’s previously caught the attention of big names like Lenny Kravitz and Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello. But now she’s taken aim at an artist also known for his versatility. Nandi is officially in a drumming throw down with the Foo Fighter‘s Dave Grohl.
Nandi Bushell/Foo Fighters
Back on August 17 the musical prodigy threw out a very public challenge on Twitter to the former Nirvana drummer (which we first learned about at Mashable). She offered up a “drum battle” featuring the Foo Fighter’s “Everlong.”
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
If that was all that came of her tweet it still would have been great, as Nandi absolutely killed her rendition. Fortunately, that recording was just the start as Grohl responded via the band’s official Twitter account. He played the song (on his daughter’s drums) for the first time since he recorded the song in 1997. The band’s actual drummer Taylor Hawkins has played it ever since.
Grohl then praised Nandi for her amazing talents before putting the proverbial ball in her court. He challenged her to play “Dead End Friends.” It is a song he recorded as part of the band Dead Crooked Vultures, which had Grohl on drums, Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme from on guitar and lead vocals, and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones on bass.
Nandi is more than up for the next showdown in this amazing war of musicians.
And as if that weren’t enough, on September 14, Grohl released a video of a song he wrote and performed (along with back-up singers “The Grohlettes”) all about what a rock star Nandi is. Pretty great time to be an aspiring drum impresario, eh?
This is the rare battle with no losers, only winners—especially us, so we hope this is a contest of wills that lasts a long time. And, of course, that Nandi wins.
Featured Image: Nandi Bushell/Foo Fighters