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Dave Grohl writes new, original song for drum battle with Nandi Bushell

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Dave Grohl‘s drum battle with Nandi Bushell has reached a new level.

In August, the 10-year-old viral drumming sensation shared a video of her playing along to the Foo Fighters classic “Everlong,” and challenged Grohl himself to a drum-off. Grohl accepted and fired back with his own drum performance of “Everlong,” and then challenged Bushell to learn “Dead End Friends” by his supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, which also features Queens of Stone Age‘s Josh Homme and Led Zeppelin‘s John Paul Jones.

After she responded with a typically enthusiastic rendition of “Dead End Friends,” Grohl then promised he’d have something “special” in store for “round two” of the drum battle. That something special: a brand new, original song about Bushell’s drumming skills.

The track, which Grohl said he wrote “off the top of [his] head,” features the Foo frontman singing lead vocals and playing guitar, bass and drums, with background vocals by his three daughters, aka The Grohlettes. Sample lyrics include “Nandi/Best drummer in the world” and “She’s got the power/got the sound/Nandi on the drums makes the world go ’round.”

“Every superhero needs a theme song,” Grohl writes to Bushell. “Here’s one for you! Mad props to The Grohlettes for the background vocals.”

Stay tuned for more of the drum battle that hopefully never ends.

By Josh Johnson
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