Foo Fighters Paid Homage to Late Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts: Here’s How

by Jonathan Howard

These last few weeks have been all Foo Fighters. There aren’t many rock bands having the success and recognition that these guys are. Last week, the band brought on the superfan and super drummer Nandi Bushell to play with them. Thanks to her, the band finds itself on the Billboard charts again with their song, Everlong. Last night they performed at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Last night marked the 40th VMAs. Over the years, there have been crazy performances, upset winners, and plenty of controversy surrounding the awards show. The coveted moon man awards have been a staple in pop culture for so long. The Foo Fighters used their time on stage to subtly honor the late Charlie Watts. As the drummer of the Rolling Stones, Watts influenced multiple generations of drummers and artists. Including Dave Grohl.

With just a small gesture, “CHARLIE R.I.P.” written on the bass drum, the band gave tribute to the rock legend. It was great to see and fans loved it. Of course, everyone knows that Grohl was the stick man for Nirvana. So, it makes so much sense that the band would go out of the way to honor Watts.

During the performance on the VMAs, the Foo Fighters ran through a quick three songs. Learn to Fly, Shame Shame, and Everlong were the songs they belted out to the crowd. It was a great all-around awards show performance. At 52-years-old, Grohl seems ready to keep things moving along.

After receiving the Global Icon award, Grohl thanked a number of old-school MTV personalities. He finished with, “We’ll see you in 26 years.”

Foo Fighters ‘Everlong’ Back on Billboard Charts

Thanks in large part to Nandi Bushell, the Foo Fighters have a 1997 classic back on the Billboard charts. While the song is 24-years-old, it has made it back up on a few rock charts. Over the summer, Bushell challenged Dave Grohl to a drum-off on the song. The rocker accepted.

Over the course of a few backs and forth, it was the 11-year-old that took the win. Grohl just couldn’t keep up with the young artist. However, thanks to her the band did get a lot of streams and plays online. In Los Angeles last week, they did the coolest thing ever and let her come up on stage to perform with them. Of course, she killed it. Honestly, she could tour with them full-time if they needed someone to fill in.

How great is it to see Grohl and the Foo Fighters still rocking on stage? Not only making tributes to the legend of the past but celebrating legends in the making in the present. Things seem to be all fun with them and the attitude is contagious. That is why they have had such great success in the last 26 years. I do hope we get to enjoy 26 more.