Dave Grohl writes and records entire song for 10-year-old viral sensation Nandi Bushell

Given she’s only 10 years old, Nandi Bushell has had a remarkable run of encounters with some of the music industry’s biggest figures, from Lenny Kravitz to Tom Morello. Her latest achievement? Having Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl write an entire song about her.

Back in August, Bushell posted a drum cover of the Foo Fighters’ Everlong, inviting Grohl to a drum-off. Grohl swiftly responded with his own drum performance of the song - the first time he’d played it on a drum set since he recorded the hit in 1997.

After inviting Bushell to play Dead End Friends by Them Crooked Vultures, which she duly did, Grohl conceded defeat, but warned, “Buckle up, cuz I have something special in mind…”

That “something special” was, in fact, a specially recorded song written entirely about Bushell, where Grohl hails her as “the best drummer in the world” and “the Queen of Rock ’n’ Roll”.

The Foo Fighters man handles drums, guitars, bass and vocals on the track, accompanied by The Grohlettes, aka Grohl’s daughters Harper, Violet and Ophelia.

Bushell’s going to have to produce something pretty special to compete with that…

This year, Bushell went viral after covering Rage Against the Machine’s Guerrilla Radio on guitar, bass and drums in support of Black Lives Matter, a performance that was hailed by Tom Morello, who went on to gift her his signature Fender Soul Power Stratocaster. Bushell promptly used the guitar for a hard-rocking Audioslave cover.

“It’s not like she just plays the songs well... it’s more than that,” Morello told us. “Her cover of Cochise blew my mind!”

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.