- Drumming sensation Nandi Bushell finally shared the stage with her musical hero Dave Grohl and the rest of the Foo Fighters at L.A.’s The Forum on Thursday, August 26.
- The 11-year-old shot to viral fame with impressive covers of iconic tracks from several rock bands.
Dreams come true. For Nandi Bushell, “It happened!”
Nandi, the 11-year-old girl who challenged Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl to an online drum duel, finally realized her dream of playing on stage with her musical idol. By the way, Nandi beat Dave in the virtual drum battle.
On Thursday, Nandi joined the band’s live performance at The Forum in Inglewood, California. She played drums for the band’s 1997 hit, “Everlong.”
It happened!!! It was #EPIC!!! Thank you so much @foofighters!!! I had the best night ever jamming with you at @TheForum! Thank you so much Mr. Grohl and Taylor! #foofighters – Full Video here: https://t.co/4xJtHT4l3w (My Daddy was screaming a lot in the video it took) pic.twitter.com/QGgZe4xtOB— Nandi Bushell (@Nandi_Bushell) August 27, 2021
“It happened!!! It was #EPIC!!! Thank you so much @foofighters!!! I had the best night ever jamming with you at @TheForum! Thank you so much Mr. Grohl and Taylor!” Nandi tweeted.
Nandi and the Grammy Award-winning singer, drummer and guitarist have developed an unlikely friendship though decades apart in age and experience. The two repeatedly battled one another virtually on drums.
In September last year, wrote a song about Nandi and her musical gifts.
The two met for a virtual chat late last year. Nandi was accompanied by her parents. It was during that chat that she was invited to play with the band on stage one day.
“But it has to be at the end of the set, because you’re going to steal the show,” Dave told Nandi, who was 10 at the time. Of course, she agreed.
“I can’t believe I’m talking to you. I feel like I’m meeting a Beatle,” Dave said. “Have you been playing drums a lot?”
“A lot,” Nandi replied.
“I haven’t. I quit playing drums because I realized I’ll never be as good as you so I just quit playing drums,” Dave said.
Nandi’s advice: “Well, just practice, practice, practice.”
Nandi told Dave she started playing drums with her dad when she was 5.
“Then, I got too good for him,” she added, and so they got her a proper teacher.
Nandi also plays bass, guitar, and piano.