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12 Weird Facts You Didn't Know About Dave Grohl

The Foo Fighters frontman celebrates his 52nd birthday today.

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Legendary rocker Dave Grohl celebrates his 52nd birthday today.

The former-Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman has certainly established quite the legacy in the mere 52 years he's been on this earth. While touring might be paused at the moment, the rocker still kept busy while in quarantine, partaking in viral drum challenges against talented young children, and endlessly teasing the Foo Fighters 10th effort Medicine at Midnight.

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Our 8 Favorite Covers from Musicians in Quarantine

Are you bored in your house? So are these artists.

Stars, they're just like us—stuck in their homes and probably pretty bored.

Here in the states, we're going on a month and a half of practicing social distancing. We could very well go the rest of 2020 without being able to safely attend large gatherings like concerts, which is a huge bummer for both musicians and their fans. Thankfully, plenty of singers have turned to the magic of the Internet to help us get our live music fix, and there's nothing that spices things up quite like a good cover of somebody else's song.

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Who Is Nine-Year-Old Drumming Sensation Nandi Bushell?

The little prodigy is blowing our minds with her covers.

If you're at all in tune with the music side of Twitter, you've likely come across a video of this girl's cover of Nirvana's "In Bloom."

This is Nandi Bushell, a tiny 9-year-old rock extraordinaire. According to her social media run by her parents, she lives in Ipswich, England, a riverside town about 65 miles northeast of London. "I can jam to Nirvana In Bloom all day," Bushell wrote along with the clip. "Nirvana are in my top 5 bands so far. I just found out Dave [Grohl] also played with Jack Black in Tenacious D, Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age!!!! The film school of rock is the best film in the world." (My favorite part of the caption is that she specifies "top 5 bands so far"—she's plenty aware of how young she is and how much she's yet to discover.) Her chops give Grohl a run for his money as she thrashes along perfectly on beat. She gives the track her own twist with ferocious screams and facial expressions, proving that she's not only adorable, but already way more badass than we'll ever be. Even with her immense talent, the highlight of the video might be her beaming smile at the end: the face of a kid who's simply having a blast.

And people are having a blast watching. Bushell posted the video on Monday, November 11; by Friday afternoon, it amassed almost eight million views, almost 50 thousand favorites, and over 10 thousand retweets, not to mention countless responses cheering her on. "In Bloom" might've gained Bushell wider attention on Twitter, but this isn't her first rodeo. She's also very active on Instagram, where she's covered anything from "Chop Suey" by System of a Down to Prince's "Kiss" and Billie Eilish's recent No. 1 hit "bad guy." She's been posting these covers since she was six, and her videos have caught the attention of Zildjian and Vic Firth—cymbal and drumstick brands, respectively—who have each sent her shiny new gear so she can keep rocking out. The pros are catching on to her gift, too: within the last year, she's performed with Lenny Kravitz, hung out with Roots drummer Questlove, and her videos have been shared by Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, just to name a few. Most recently, she was featured in a Christmas commercial for British retailer Argos and is taking up guitar, too.

Basically, there's no reason not to be obsessed with Bushell. We're so inspired by how much she's accomplished in her short nine years, and we can't wait to see where her drumming takes her next.

As the 33rd Glastonbury Festival approaches, predictions about Saturday's headliner Kanye West now include bookmakers odds of 2/1 that he'll be booed off the stage.

The divisive rapper has triggered a petition to remove him from the line-up, and the festival's organizer has received death threats for giving Kanye the prestigious headliner spot.

Perhaps reacting to the petition as a measure of popular sentiment, Ladbrokes has revealed a host of odds on what will transpire during Kanye's Saturday night set.

While setting the odds of Kanye being booed off the stage at 2/1, they say that odds of the Mrs., Kim Kardashian, getting booed are so high, they aren't taking bets on it.

Here's a list of Ladbrokes odds, from NME

Kanye West to be booed off stage - 2/1

Kanye West to be an hour or more late - 5/4

Kanye West not to perform a song - 10/1

Kim Kardashian to be booed by the crowd - 1/20

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian to mud wrestle - 100/1

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian to sleep in a tent - 500/1

On the other hand, Dave Grohl recently weighed in on the Kanye controversy, comparing the rapper to legendary old school outfit Public Enemy as a possible historic game-changer.

In Grohl's opinion, 'It could be one of the greatest shows of all time," fueled by the fire of the petition and free-floating animosity toward Kanye. Note that Grohl admits he's not too familiar with Kanye's music.

Will Dave put his actual money on Kanye? Will Kanye's appearance be a debacle for the ages? Will he even show up? To borrow Grohl's analogy, will it be Woodstock or Altamont?

God am I glad I'm not going! What about you?

Dave Grohl and Jordyn Blum are one step closer to forming their own version of the Von Trapp Family Singers with news that a third baby is on the way!

The couple already have two daughters - Violet Maye, eight this month, and Harper Willow, five this month.

Dave has made it clear fatherhood is just about the best thing that has ever happened to him.

“When you have kids, you see life through different eyes,” he told TIME magazine. “You feel love more deeply and are maybe a little more compassionate. It’s inevitable that that would make its way into your songwriting.”

Dave's happiness and compassion no doubt had a lot to do with the olive branch he offered Kurt Cobain's widow Courtney Love at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony on Thursday night.

Courtney gave Dave a big hug on stage, ending their long-term feud and later tweeted, “The most magical part of the evening. Thank you Dave, love you. I know this made him smile up there.”

Congrats to Dave and Jordyn!

Eventually 121212 would become 121312, as The Concert for Sandy Relief rallied into Thursday morning with an expansive list of performers. Held at New York's Madison Square Garden and broadcast around the world, Paul McCartney and Nirvana were perhaps the night's most anticipated act, while Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Bon Jovi catered to the hometown heroes in attendance.

Between inspiring tales of compassion and community, as well as inspiring sets from some of music's greatest legends, it was an evening well spent in front of the television. Below, our instant takeaway from the biggest concert our living room has ever seen.

1. MOST EXCITED TO BE THERE: DIDDY

 

With booming shouts of "New York!" and "New Jersey!" Sean Combs helped to reawaken any viewers who may have started to doze off after the Stones failed to perform "Gimme Shelter," or were considering flipping to Top Chef. He was also on hand to call attention to the selfless doctors and nurses who acted quickly to save the young patients in NICU when NYU's Bellevue Hospital lost power during the storm ("Get up out 'cha seats!"). Once a hype man, always a hype man.

2. WORST OUTFIT CHANGE: BON JOVI

 

The skin-tight leather jacket JBJ wore to duet with Bruce Springsteen on "Born To Run" confused us, but that doesn't mean we wanted a turtleneck! (To be fair, it's cold out and lots of people are sick right now.) At least his pit stains were under control.

3. BEST EARLY EXCUSE TO LAUGH: ADAM SANDLER

 

We weren't sure what the mood would be like, or if sharing stories from neighborhoods most effected by the storm meant Kanye West couldn't play "Gold Digger." (We were wrong.) Luckily, Adam Sandler provided a bit of comic relief shortly after Springsteen's opening set, blending his guitar playing and joke-playing for a 12-12-12 original. Sandler and Paul Shaffer unveiled "Screw Ya Sandy," set to the tune of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." You know things are getting back together when New Yorkers are joking about how miserable their sports teams are. (Congrats, Giants. You're off the hook.) Bigger question: Is Sandler growing out what once was a fauxhawk?

4. WORST TIMING FOR COMEDIC RELIEF: SNL'S DRUNK UNCLE

We love Bobby Moynihan's character on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update, but it didn't feel appropriate to suddenly devalue the importance of such a historic night helping such a tremendous cause. Plus, when you're already running over your scheduled air time, cut the fat!

5. BEST SELF-PROMOTION: CHELSEA CLINTON

 

If those breakup rumors ever prove to be true, Bill's daughter just put up one hell of a personal ad. As for the response? SOLID.

6. BEST EXAMPLE OF HOW TO CELEBRATE: THE GRAYBEARDS

"Let's go, Buscemi, I love you!" The Boardwalk Empire star and volunteer firefighter was embraced by the Breezy Point volunteers, who were not shy about going in for hugs or spilling their drinks in celebration.

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7. BEST CHEST: ROGER DALTREY

 

Mick wasn't willing to commit to the full unbuttoned look, and Rozay wasn't invited, so... It might be glistening and you were probably unprepared, but he's 68—yes, 6-8—years old.

8. WORST SET CONSTRUCTION: KANYE WEST

Yeezy rebounded very nicely—we forgot how much fun "Diamonds from Sierra Leone," "Jesus Walks" and "Touch the Sky" are live—but the beginning of his set was a total mess. Choosing to performing just his verses from Cruel Summer without the G.O.O.D. crew (where are you, 2Chainz?) fell flat, and was probably confusing for most of the Over 40 crowd. Know your audience, Yeezy! They are the kind who definitely get confused by leather kilts.

Nice job slipping in the "Diamonds" remix, though. (Rihmix?)

9. MOST OBVIOUS ABSENCE: JAY-Z

When you write a song like "Empire State of Mind" and own part of a city's sports team, people expect you to show up to things like this. And with Kanye West, Alicia Keys and Chris Martin all on the bill, there was more than one artist Jay could have collaborated with if he didn't feel like performing a full set all by himself. Could it be possible that he's still fuming after Brooklyn's loss to the Knicks on Tuesday night?

10. BEST CASE FOR SECESSION: BILLY JOEL

"New York! New Jersey! Long Island!" If Billy Joel considers his homeland a separate entity, shouldn't tax payers?

11. WORST SNUB: THE ROLLING STONES

 

One more song! One more song! One more song—or five. Would that be cool, Mick? If not, Jimmy Fallon can take over on vocals for a bit.

That's his "go" coat.

12. BEST OBLIGATORY ONE DIRECTION REFERENCE: CHRIS MARTIN

"I know you really wanted One Direction but it's way past their bedtime," said the Coldplay front man, flying solo for the night. No, Chris. Michael Stipe will do just fine.

Added bonus? Their surprise "Losing My Religion" duet. Listen here.

13. BEST "HEY, I KNOW HER!" MOMENT: SKY FERREIRA

Just after midnight, Brian Williams made his finally check-in with the celebrities manning the call center, only to reveal our good friend, Sky. Taking donations, or requesting your song on the radio, hmm?

14. BEST DAD JEANS: PAUL McCARTNEY

Everybody throw your Ws up if you like deep Wings cuts and light wash denim!

15. BEST CONVERSATION STARTER FOR THURSDAY: SO... MACVANA?

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To quote Sir Paul, "Oh yeah." Paul just wants to jam, man! Introducing Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear, also known as the surviving members of Nirvana, to debut a little something they worked on capped an entire day's worth of speculation and was a true treat. Props to McCartney for being open and props to Novoselic for wearing those pants in assumed sincerity.

OTHER NOTABLES IN THE HOUSE...

Eddie Vedder and Roger Waters

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Setting the bar for live collaborations very high.

Susan Sarandon

She was told there'd be ping-pong.

Quentin Tarantino, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz

Yep, QT is still dressing like a seventh-grader.

Chris Rock

Whose ears likely haven't recovered since that One Direction show at MSG.

Jon Stewart

Providing plenty of shout-outs to his friends down the shore.

Kristen Stewart

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Who's just as confused about why she's there as you are.

Martha Stewart

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But Martha's not! She fits right in.