You may remember 12-year-old drummer Nandi Bushell from her epic drum battle with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. And after emerging from the battle victorious and being invited to play the band’s classic hit Everlong with Grohl and the rest of his bandmates onstage a year later, Bushell thought all her dreams had come true with the once-in-a-lifetime performance. But now, the talented percussionist will be joining the iconic band onstage once more for their upcoming tribute concert to honor their late drummer, Taylor Hawkins, after his unexpected death on March 25, 2022.
Along with Hawkins’ family, the Foo Fighters recently announced the performers that will be joining them for the London concert, which will take place at Wembley Stadium on September 3. So now, Bushell gets to join ranks with famous musicians from among the late drummer’s closest friends and influences to honor his life and legacy. Performers will include members of iconic rock groups Queen, the Police, Rush, Oasis, Pretenders, and Queens of the Stone Age, in addition to a lineup of many other well-known artists.
“Mr. Grohl, it would be an honor to join you onstage…in tribute to my hero and friend, the legendary Taylor Hawkins,” Bushell shared in response to the extraordinary invitation. “With these sticks he gave me, I’m going to rock harder than I’ve ever rocked in my entire life!…This one’s for you, Taylor.”
There’s no doubt that Hawkins would be honored to have Bushell take his place on stage alongside his Foo Fighters brothers. And now, at 12 years old, the young drumming prodigy will be able to say she played onstage with the Foo Fighters, not once, but twice. It seems those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities can’t help but keep coming her way.