Dream Come True: 11-Year-Old Drummer Girl Joins Foo Fighters on Stage

By Darby Jones September 3, 2021
Nandi Bushell said being invited on stage to perform with the Foo Fighters was the “best night” of her life.

In the thick of the pandemic, 11-year-old Nandi Bushell challenged Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl to an “epic” online drum duel — and she won.

Although the musicians are decades apart in age, they have formed an unlikely friendship and Grohl even wrote a song about Bushell in Sept. 2020. The pair met for a virtual conversation, and Bushell was accompanied by her mom and dad. During the conversation, she got the invitation to join the band on stage. “But it has to be at the end of the set, because you’re going to steal the show,” Grohl told Bushell.

Bushell said she began playing drums with her dad when she was just five years old. “Then, I got too good for him,” she said. So, the family hired a proper teacher for her. Bushell, who is from the U.K., also plays bass, guitar and piano.

On Aug. 26, Bushell was invited to join the band’s live performance at The Forum in Inglewood, California. She played the drums during the 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!” Nandi tweeted.

Following her live performance with the Foo Fighters, Bushell has since linked up with Tom Morello and his son, Roman, to write a song together that is set to be released soon. She thanked the Rage Against the Machine guitarist for “welcoming us into your beautiful family.”

Morello connected with the young musician after she covered his band’s “Guerrilla Radio” as a Black Lives Matters tribute. He then gifted her a special guitar and said, “I’d like you to have this guitar as a gift from me to you because you rock so great, and to see someone rocking so great who is so young, it really gives me hope for the future.”

Image source: Teen Vogue