Jay-Z and Foo Fighters Lead Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Noms and Wow We Are Old

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is mostly filled with musicians your dad loved. It hits differently, though, when they start inducting the people who made YOUR music, and the stuff you loved growing up. That’s the case more than ever with this year’s nominated artists, with likely inclusions Jay-Z and the dad-rocking Foo Fighters are leading the way.

The nominations were announced this month by the Rock HOF, with a pretty wide-ranging group of artists hoping to leap the final hurdle to inclusion. There were some older legends, overlooked in the past but finally getting their due, like Dionna Warwick, Carole King, and Tina Turner.

But Jay-Z and the Foo Fighters are first-timers on the ballot, both eligible for the first time. Which means…we are old. Because they are old. Artists aren’t eligible until 25 years after their debut.

While there are always surprises and snubs, and plenty of debate, both are seen as pretty much locks for the R-HOF. It will be a second inclusion for Dave Grohl, King of Dad Rock, as he is already in with Nirvana.

Jay-Z will become only the third(!) rapper in the Hall (I suppose it is technically the “rock and roll” Hall of Fame, although it’s definitely now just the “music” Hall of Fame). He will be the first rapper to be at his induction though, as both the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac were shown love posthumously.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame said it was the most diverse class of nominees since 1996, and that they have all left their mark on music.

“This remarkable ballot reflects the diversity and depth of the artists and music the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame celebrates,” Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation Chairman John Sykes says in a statement. “These nominees have left an indelible impact on the sonic landscape of the world and influenced countless artists that have followed them.”

But really, Jay-Z and the Foo Fighters have been around for so dang long, they are going to be in the Hall of Fame. Which makes a lot of us feel older than we thought we were.

Dave Grohl Says His Drum Battle With 10-Yr-Old Inspired Him to Release New Album

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Dave Grohl, King of Dad Rock, credited who we have to thank for the release of the new Foo Fighters album; the 10-year-old music prodigy who he faced in a virtual drum battle. His back and forth with musical powerhouse Nandi Bushell over the summer delighted large parts of the internet. And it had a lasting effect on Grohl (and for Nandi, obvs).

Speaking to a Kerrang in advance of the new album dropping, Grohl said the band’s new album, Medicine at Midnight, was finished and close to release. The band had set up an ambitious tour to support the new record, but it was shelved due to that pandemic thing we have seen in the news from time to time. Grohl was set to keep it back until the band could tour to support it, but then his battle with Nandi changed that. He said that the whole saga caused him to realize touring isn’t the only reason they make music.

“We make these songs to be heard, and the thing that inspired me the most to release this album was that drum battle I had with Nandi,” he said. “It was spreading joy and happiness. People would turn on their computer or phone and for three and a half minutes they would smile because a 10-year-old girl was kicking my fucking ass in a drum battle. To me, that’s what the world needed.”

The world did need it, which is why it went viral, racking up millions of views the two kept raising the stakes. Grohl said it was a real departure from the typical gloom you see in modern culture (outside of browsing the latest from good news at The Dad).

“You open your laptop or look in your fucking phone and it’s just this dark cloud of doom, you know,” Grohl said. ​“Every day you pick up your telephone and you think, ​‘Oh, God, what is it now? What’s next?’ You’re just waiting for this bad news. But this exchange that she and I were having did nothing but bring happiness and joy to people. I thought, ​‘That’s done entirely remotely, so why can’t our music do the same?

“Why can’t we put the record out and hopefully it’ll give people that same feeling. Why can’t we do that now?’ And so we did.”

Medicine at Midnight came out recently and is already another in a long line of hits for the Foo Fighters.

Dave Grohl’s Dream Is to Be His Daughter’s Drummer

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Dave Grohl is the king of dad rock. Partly because he embraces the label, partly because of his outstanding career, and also because he seems like a genuinely good, cool dude. We saw that when he had a virtual back and forth drum battle with a 10-year-old wunderkind, and when he did his Hanukkah sessions late last year.

Grohl was in the news again recently, and during an interview, he expressed a dream every dad can relate to. The legendary musician, Nirvana drummer, and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl wants to be the drummer for his daughter. His 14-year-old daughter Violet has a growing music passion and even provided backup vocals on the last Foo Fighters album.

Grohl described in an interview how he’d take a break from recording in the afternoon to pick her up from school, and she’d come back and sit on a couch doing homework while he recorded. One day, a producer asked if she’d like to do a back-up vocal, and ended up doing the chorus of ‘Making a Fire.’

“It seemed very natural [but] it didn’t seem official until my accountant called a few months ago and asked where she should deposit Violet’s check,” he said. He was surprised and said he’d put it in an account for her when she turns 18.

Grohl went on to say Violet is the best vocalist in the family, ‘has perfect pitch and sings from the gut’ and can learn any instrument in a week.

“To be her drummer is one of my life dreams,” he said. And we get it. It’s one of the coolest moments in sports, entertainment, etc. when a dad and his child gets to perform at a high level. We’ve seen it with Eddie and Wolf Van Halen, Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr. and numbers of others. Some sports analysts think we could see it with LeBron James and son Bronny someday.

And it would be just as cool to see Violet Grohl tearing it up, with her dad on the drums.

Dave Grohl and Producer Greg Kurstin Announce 8-Song Hanukkah Celebration

Dave Grohl and Producer Greg Kurstin Hanukkah Sessions
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The holiday season is upon us, and whatever you celebrate, this year’s festivities are going to look a bit different. Fortunately, many of us have found ourselves with a bit of extra free time to pour our creative energy into making the holidays special this year. While our holiday festivities may be directed towards friends and family, celebrities have the unique ability to spread some much-needed cheer around the world.

Foo Fighters’ frontman Dave Grohl and producer Greg Kurstin announced last week that they were taking on a special project to celebrate Hanukkah this year. Though Grohl doesn’t celebrate the holiday himself, his producer does. It’s no secret that Christmas music tends to get all the attention this time of year (to be fair, there aren’t all that many classic Hanukkah songs), so the pair set out to make the eight days of Hanukkah sound a whole lot better.

Grohl announced in a tweet, “With all the mishegas of 2020, @GregKurstin & I were kibbitzing about how we could make Hannukah extra-special this year. Festival of Lights?! How about a festival of tasty LICKS! So hold on to your tuchuses… we’ve got something special coming for your shayna punims. L’chaim!!”

Allow me to translate. With all the bullshit of 2020, Kurstin and Grohl were chatting about how to make Hanukkah extra special. Festival of Lights is another name for Hanukkah. Tasty licks refers to music, not food. Hold onto your butts, because something special is coming for our pretty faces. To life (L’chaim is basically a Hebrew “cheers”)!

I’ll be honest, the Yiddish-packed tweet was enough to delight the heck out of me, but Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin are just getting started.

Grohl explains in the video, “This year, instead of doing a Christmas song, Greg and I decided to celebrate Hanukkah by recording eight songs by eight famous Jewish artists each night of Hanukkah for you, so we hope you enjoy!”

We’re already a few days in, and so far, the duo’s Hanukkah Sessions have delivered some absolute gems. Night one’s song started things off strong with a classic Beastie Boys tune, followed the next day by a dance-infused Drake cover. Day three got lit (haha, you know, because of the festival of lights thing) with a hard-rocking Mountain song, honoring Jewish band member Leslie West.

We have several days and several Hanukkah Sessions left, so keep your eyes on the Foo Fighters’ YouTube channel for eight full days of Hanukkah jams.

Dave Grohl Invites His 10-Yr-Old “Nemesis” to Jam on Stage With the Foo Fighters

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One of the coolest parts of 2020 (I know, the bar is low) has been the ongoing virtual drum battle between Dad Rock aficionado Dave Grohl and 10-year-old superfan and musical prodigy Nandi Bushell. Despite throwing epic challenges back and forth, the two finally met (virtually) for the first time earlier this week.

In a video shared by Nandi, Grohl is exactly who we thought he was; effortlessly awesome.

“I get to meet a rock star! Oh my God!” Grohl said to Bushell. The youngster was glowing and rendered speechless at first.

“Oh my gosh! It’s you!” she said. “It’s so nice to meet you…I can’t believe it. I feel like I’m meeting a Beatle.”

Grohl brought up the latest round of the challenge when they each wrote original songs for the other.

“I had an idea for how to respond to your last song, but I haven’t done it yet,” he said. “It’s a really good idea. … I don’t want to give it away.”

Grohl also said she’s so good at the drums it made him briefly consider quitting. And when it came to advice, he told her just to practice, practice, practice. But maybe the coolest part of their convo was when he invited her to jam with the Foo Fighters, on stage.

“When the Foo Fighters finally come back to the U.K., do you think that you would get up onstage and jam with us?” Grohl said. “But it has to be at the end of the set, because you’re gonna steal the show. It can’t be at the beginning of the set, because if you come out first, it’s just all downhill from there.”

That show promises to be epic if it comes close to living up to the back and forth they’ve had over the past few months. Regardless, it’s always fun to see someone meet their hero, and have that person be as cool as everyone thought he was.

10-Yr-Old Escalates Battle With Dave Grohl by Playing All the Instruments

Nandi Grohl Response Song

The most enjoyable battle of the summer has taken another turn as the calendar moves to Fall. Foo Fighters frontman and dad rocker  Dave Grohl was challenged to a (virtual) drum battle by a 10-year-old musical prodigy. And because he’s awesome, he accepted.

After ceding round 1 to the young star, Grohl came back strong for round 2, by writing young Nandi Bushell her own theme song. It was a pretty rocking response and escalated the battle to the next level. And now Nandi has answered with her own original song written for Grohl.

Bushell posted the video on twitter and on her popular YouTube page, saying:

“My Grohl. The song you wrote for me was truly, truly EPIC! You really are LEGENDARY! I wrote a song for your to say THANK YOU! It’s called ‘ROCK and GROHL, The EPIC Battle’! I hope you love my song as much as I love your song for me.”

This is fun! This is like what the internet should be! Instead of constantly doom-scrolling through terrible news, worse takes about the news, and then bad-faith arguments that go nowhere but last forever. We need more drum battles between celebs and kids!

Nandi really rocks out in her song, in which the prodigy not only sings but plays guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards. Her chorus seems like a pretty strong mantra for the budding star, as she sang “Rock ‘n’ Roll’s my love / Rock ‘n’ Roll’s my soul / Rock ‘n’ Roll will help me change the world.”

After she finished, she stares down the camera and declares herself the victor, saying “Checkmate.”

…but not so fast! Grohl responded to the video saying he may be down, but he is NOT out, so stay tuned.

Dave Grohl Escalates Drum Battle With 10-Year-Old by Writing Her a Theme Song

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Foo Fighters’ frontman and iconic dad rocker Dave Grohl is at it again. A few weeks ago, he had a 10-year-old wunderkind throw down the gauntlet for a (virtual) drum battle. And because he is a great dude, he accepted the challenge.

And you know what? 10-year-old music prodigy Nandi Bushell held her own. She’s a legit badass on the drums (and other instruments, if you check out her IG) and held up her end of the drum battle.

So much, in fact, that Grohl decided she was the winner of round 1. And he hinted there would be second round.

And Monday, we got round 2. Grohl took the drum battle to the next level, by challenging her to play a new song he wrote, just about her. It quickly garnered more than 1 million views. He wrote on Twitter:

“….Round 2! Every superhero needs a theme song. Here’s one for you! Mad props to The Grohlettes for the background vocals.”

His theme song, which he said he made up off the top of his head, included lines like

“Number one supergirl/ Best drummer in the world/ Always right on time/ Hero wunderkind/ She got the power/ She got the sound/ Nandi on the drums make the world go round” and “She’s got the power/she got the soul/gonna save the world with her rock & roll!”

His daughters helped with the background vocals. Nandi was thrilled at the latest turn in their drum battle, and took to twitter:

“I can’t believe Mr. Grohl wrote a song about me!?! This is so so EPIC. I think it’s the best song EVER, in the WORLD, EVER!!! Thank you so much Dave. You have raised the stakes to all instruments! I accept your next challenge! Thank you to the whole Grohl family!”

And she posted an adorable reaction video.

In a year where every new development and trending topic is met with dread and trepidation, it’s refreshing to have something cool ongoing and to enjoy awesome people doing awesome things.

Dave Grohl Is Having an Epic Virtual Drum Battle With a 10-Yr-Old Prodigy

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It’s always cool when a famous person turns out to be an actually decent human being. And few seem cooler than Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. For evidence, I’d submit (among many things) that the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famer is currently locked into a (virtual) drum battle with a 10-year-old kid.

Of course, we’re gonna go hard for Dave Grohl here. The former Nirvana drummer has gone on record as claiming the Foo Fighters as Dad rock. How can you not like a guy that readily embraces the “not cool” mantle and is someone who will even bring his daughter on stage to jam during a concert?

So when 10-year-old music prodigy Nandi Bushell threw down the gauntlet, we all knew where this was headed.

“My dream is to one day jam with Dave Grohl, @taylorhawkins and all the @foofighters!” she wrote on Twitter. “Mr Grohl I would love to have a drum battle with you! I LOVE Everlong it’s really hard to play as it’s so fast but so much FUN!”

A note about Bushell here. She is, by all indications, an incredible musician. Not incredible for a 10-year-old, but just straight awesome. She kills it on a variety of different instruments (check out her YouTube for proof, as she has more than 100k followers). I think it’s pretty clear how hard she ruled in this, as it quickly cleared 2 million views.

And when someone brings it that hard, the challenge demands satisfaction, so of course, Dave Grohl accepted.

“I haven’t played that song since the day I’ve recorded it in 1997,” said Grohl in his response after playing “Everlong.” “Nandi, in the last week, I’ve gotten at least 100 texts from people all over the world saying, ‘This girl is challenging you to a drum-off. What are you going to do?'”

“You’re an incredible drummer,” he continued. “And I’m really flattered that you’ve picked some of my songs to do for your videos and you’ve done them all perfectly.”

He then challenged her to play “Dead End Friends” by Them Crooked Vultures and played it on his daughter’s drumset. He signed off his tweet with a “Your move! Your friend in Rock, Dave.”

Nandi was floored that he accepted the challenge.

“This is UNREAL! I can’t believe Dave Grohl actually accepted my drum battle, Thank You! Now it’s my turn to learn ‘dead end friends’! I am going to checkmate this one too. Thank you Harper for lending your Dad the kit!” she wrote in her tweet along with her reaction video.

We have not seen the end of the epic virtual drum battle, and for that, we should all be thankful, because it’s always cool when fun things happen on the internet in 2020.

Dave Grohl Admits the Foo Fighters Are Dad Rock

Dave Grohl Admits to Dad Rock
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Everybody loves Dave Grohl.

He first came to prominence as the drummer for Nirvana, one of the modern era’s most respected and revered bands, and has spent the last twenty-plus years fronting the Foo Fighters, who were formed shortly after Nirvana’s run ended.

Not only that, as a well-known and seemingly well-liked dude who’s been putting out successful records and selling out arenas even while rock has taken a backseat to hip-hop in the hierarchy of popular music, he’s sort of become the unofficial face of the genre.

Full disclosure: I’ve never been a big fan. He seems like a good enough guy, and he’s obviously a talented musician, I just find the Foo Fighters bland, and he reminds me of a game show host. Plus, I’ve always sort of resented the way he appointed himself the Ambassador of Rock. Keith Moon never would have given a shit.

That may sound harsh, but it seems that Grohl himself might not totally disagree!

On a recent episode of comedian Whitney Cummings’s podcast Good for You, Grohl confessed that his band has never been cool.

“You know the whole dad rock thing?” he said. “We’re totally dad rock.”

He’s right. Look, the Foos (do people call them that?) have some good songs. My wife loves Everlong. But are they cool? Not according to a guy who was once in one of the coolest bands ever.

“First of all, we are all dads, and you’re right, we’re a rock band… Look, I’m 50 years old, I have fucking grey hair,” he said. “But you know, the thing is, I have never considered our band cool, and I like that.”

he even calls out some of his songs, citing the fact that their 1999 single “Learn to Fly” had more in common with 70s soft rock than anything else. He thinks their lack of adherence to current trends is what has kept his band around for so long (they’re currently recording their latest album).

“We’ve just never been hip or cool; we just really haven’t,” he told Cummings. “I think that the reason why we’re still here is because we do kind of disconnect ourselves from the popular stuff that’s going on, but also because, what the fuck do we care? I just want to fucking play music.”

Love him or hate him, the fact that he’s been able to do just that for 30 years, and has accepted his role as a dad rocker, is pretty cool.

Oh and here’s a video of Dave literally performing dad rock with his daughter.

5-Yr-Old Rocks Out With the Foo Fighters in Front of Thousands


The Foo Fighters are known for bringing fans (and family) on stage to rock with them, but they really pushed the envelope at the recent 2019 Belfast Vital music festival in Northern Ireland, when they welcomed their youngest fan yet.

5-year old Taylor Davids—named after both Taylor Hawkins and David Grohl, two of the Foo Fighters—was already a total fanatic for the rock band before being invited to jam with them. Prior to the show, he could even be found giving folks his best “Monkey Wrench” scream.

Unsurprisingly, when Dave Grohl spotted Taylor and his sign claiming this to be his first gig ever, he couldn’t help but invite the little fella to perform with them.

Did Taylor play an instrument? Nope.

Can he sing? No clue.


Other 5-year-olds would probably find the nearest stagehand to hide behind when called up in front of thousands of people, but Taylor clearly couldn’t wait to go frickin’ nuts while the band played “All My Life.” I’m a grown man with a bevy of concerts under my belt and even I don’t think I’ve ever reached this kid’s level of musical nirvana. *wink*

Matthew Greer, who was watching the show from backstage, caught the performance from just a few feet away.


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This kid better go and start a band one day ???????????????? #Foofighters #frankcarterandtherattlesnakes #summerofsnakes

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“This kid better go and start a band one day,” Matthew captioned the video.

If he does, he’ll have one hell of a performance to match.

Dave Grohl’s 13-Yr-Old Daughter Crushes a Performance With the Foo Fighters

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The Foo Fighters are known for boldly inviting fans and artists (Rick Astley!) on stage to jam with them during live performances. But during their headlining performances at Leeds festival in the U.K., they decided to bring up someone particularly special—Dave Grohl’s daughter, Violet.

“Let me tell you something—she is the best fucking singer I know,” Grohl said to the audience, probably making a mental note to donate to the family swear jar after the show. “Ladies and gentlemen, the best singer in the Grohl family: Miss Violet Grohl right now, right here.”

Quite possibly the cutest damn rock performance you’ll ever see.

Harmonizing through the 1997 hit “My Hero,” the father-daughter duo share goofy, lovable glances at each other—Grohl grinning like the proudest man on the planet and Violet reacting to him with sheepish smiles of her own.

After headbanging in unison during a lengthy musical outro, Grohl gets on his knees to praise his daughter with over-the-top bows, embarrassing her with his love as any good dad should.

Dammit, Dave. Can you do no wrong?

Dave Grohl Rickrolls 60,000 UK Fans with Surprise Rick Astley Duet

Dave Grohl and Rick Astley Duet

The internet has birthed a lot of jokes, some more enduring than others. One of the oldest jokes is that of the Rickroll, in which someone is led to a link, and upon clicking it is immediately ambushed by 80s pop star Rick Astley singing his one and only hit, “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

The song hit the charts in 1987, but more than 30 years later, Rickrolling is the joke that keeps on giving.

Wikipedia credits the fist instance of Rickrolling to a 2007 trailer for the video game Grand Theft Auto IV that was posted on the 4chan boards and it spread from there. An April 2008 survey found that more than 18 million Americans had been rickrolled. As recently as 2018, the HBO show Westworld found new victims when lead actress Evan Rachel Wood teased spoilers for the upcoming season only to sing “Never Gonna Give You Up” on the piano instead.

That was a pretty elaborate version of the prank, but it was nothing compared to what Dave Grohl just pulled off with the Foo Fighters in front of 60,000 fans.

Earlier this month Grohl dropped by Hackney’s Moth Club in East End, London for a Club NME event, and he brought his friend (?) Rick onstage. They performed a handful of Foo Fighters songs – Astley even manned the drums! – and then the pair combined for a live rendition of Astley’s legendary internet sensation/pop song.


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“I’ve been a friend of the people at the NME for a long, long time,” Grohl said as he made his way on stage, according to ToneDeaf. “When I walked in tonight, everyone said: ‘What are you gonna do?’ I said, ‘I have no fucking clue.’ So tonight we’ll play a couple of songs. I can’t believe how many people are here. We might have to do more than one fucking song!”

“I don’t know much about Club NME,” Dave says, “but I know you’re not gonna see this anywhere else.”

Except all over social media. And here on The Dad!