Viral sensation Nandi Bushell paid tribute to the late Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts with a multi-instrumental performance of the band’s “Gimme Shelter”.
The 11-year-old musician – who previously performed with Foo Fighters and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders, and covered songs from Nirvana, Linkin Park, Slipknot and Muse – shared the coverage on YouTube last week.
In the six-minute-plus clip, Bushell plays drums, electric guitar, keyboards, alternate percussion, and saxophone, and she even sings the vocal chorus of the 1969 song.
“This cover is for Charlie Watts,” Bushell wrote in the description of the video. “I wanted to do something really special for Charlie. This is my most ambitious cover to date. Gimme Shelter is such an amazing song. I hope that one day I will also play with the Rolling Stones. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood – I LOVE ROLLING STONES!
You can watch the performance below:
Longtime Stones drummer Watts passed away at the age of 80 in August, sparking a huge wave of tributes from the music world and beyond.
Bushell recently lent his skills to a new Cartoon Network commercial, in which animation and the real world collide.
In the TV channel’s “Redraw Your World” commercial, Bushell is seen drumming on “Drawsticks” – a song written and produced by songwriters Brian and Melissa – as she travels around town.
An ever-growing group of children and cartoon characters follows, some taking to the skies. The clip ends with Bushell and his kit breaking through a brick wall.
Last month Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl said watching Bushell play the drums was “the real meaning of rock ‘n’ roll.” It’s as inspiring as any Beatles record, any Zeppelin record, any AC / DC record, any Stones record.
“Watching her play the drums and see her passion and belief in this music… if that doesn’t inspire you, I don’t know what will. “
Before performing “Everlong” with the Foos at their show in Los Angeles in August, Bushell and Grohl participated in a virtual drum fight. The couple also gave themselves a series of round-trip musical challenges during the coronavirus lockdown in 2020.