Foo Fighters, Jon Bon Jovi Lead Joe Biden ‘I Will Vote’ Concert

If you’re looking for some music tonight (Oct. 25) and are interested in helping out the Democratic campaign, you can catch Foo Fighters, Jon Bon Jovi and an eclectic lineup of artists taking part in the “I Will Vote” fundraiser.

The event, hosted by George Lopez and Ana Navarro, is helping to support the Biden / Harris presidential ticket as well as Democrats across the country.

As stated, Foo Fighters are one of the main acts performing. They state via Twitter, “Music has the power to change the world. So does voting. Join us and many other performers for a concert to support @JoeBiden, @KamalaHarris and Democrats down the ballot. Sign up here: http://joebiden.com/concert.”

The lineup also includes: A$AP Ferg, Sara Bareilles, Aloe Blacc, Black Eyed Peas and Jennifer Hudson, Jon Bon Jovi, Cher, Ciara, Darren Criss, Andra Day, Jermaine Dupri, NE-YO, Johnta Austin and Friends, Macy Gray, John Legend, Dave Matthews, P!nk, Ben Platt and more.

Special guests for the event include Joe and Jill Biden, Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff, plus La La Anthony, Jaime Camil, Margaret Cho, Whoopi Goldberg, Armie Hammer, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Helen Mirren, Maren Morris, Billy Porter, Amy Schumer, will.i.am, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness and more.

The concert takes place tonight (Oct. 25) at 8PM ET at the joebiden.com/concert website and can be viewed with a donation.

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Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder + More to Rock Virtual Tom Petty Fest

Rockers such as Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam‘s Eddie Vedder, Lenny Kravitz, the Killers, the Raconteurs and more will take part in a virtual festival celebrating the music of Tom Petty this Friday (Oct. 23).

The performances will all be part of Tom Petty’s 70th Birthday Bash, a two-tiered event honoring what would’ve been the late Heartbreakers bandleader’s first birthday as a septuagenarian (Oct. 20). The virtual fest will be livestreamed from Petty’s official website starting at 7PM EST on Friday. Just before, a separate set of performances from different artists will air on Sirius XM’s Tom Petty Radio channel beginning at 4:30PM EST.

A note on tompetty.com announced the event this week:

“For the first time ever, the Petty estate is working alongside fans and engaging with the music community to celebrate and pay tribute to Tom Petty,” it says. “In 2017, the first annual Tom Petty Birthday Bash debuted in Tom’s hometown of Gainesville, FL. Fans gathered for the free, six-hour show of all Petty tunes, performed in the legendary musician’s honor. The celebration has grown into a fully-fledged music festival featuring local as well as national acts, with fans traveling across the country to celebrate the life and legacy of Tom Petty.”

The statement continues, “Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s special Tom Petty Birthday Bash, honoring what would have been his 70th birthday (today), will be held virtually on Friday, October 23 with 5 hours of performances, testimonials and tributes to Tom from friends and fans including Stevie Nicks, Chris Stapleton, Post Malone, Foo Fighters, The Killers, Norah Jones, The Raconteurs, Jason Isbell, a very special performance by Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench and many more.”

Never-before-seen live footage of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is also scheduled to air during the video livestream on Friday. Below, see the festival lineup and find out what artists will appear during each portion.

Petty died on Oct. 2, 2017, after an accidental drug overdose at his home in Southern California. Hours before the news was confirmed by his manager, word of the musician’s death was prematurely reported across many news outlets as Petty was still clinging to life in a hospital.

Since then, the influential songster’s music has been remembered by Corey Taylor, Against Me!, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Trivium’s Matt Heafy, Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready with KT Tunstall and many more.

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Watch Foo Fighters Acoustic Set From Save Our Stages Festival

Foo Fighters were the big rock band taking part in the Save Our Stages virtual festival over the weekend, setting up shop at the celebrated West Hollywood music club The Troubadour for a short acoustic set bringing attention to the plight of independent music venues during the pandemic.

During their set, the band shared a few stories from their experiences at the Troubadour over the years and delivered a stellar five-song acoustic performance of such fan favorites as “Skin and Bones,” “My Hero,” “These Days,” “Times Like These” and “Everlong.”

Dave Grohl also offered an impassioned plea on the importance of smaller music venues and clubs, stating, “Thank you for watching the Foo fighters playing here at the Troubadour. As you’ve heard from all the stories we’ve told each of us has had some pretty amazing experiences in this club but there are lots of smaller venues like this around the world that need your support right now.”

“These memories and experiences that we have here were life changing and formative experiences that inspired us to play music. I can only imagine there are millions and millions of other people just like us that have done the same and it’s made their lives a better place,” he continued.

Grohl concluded, “It’s crucial that we do everything we can to make sure that these venues survive in order to inspire the next generation of musicians to go on and do beautiful things with their lives like make music. So please donate anything you can cause we’re really hoping that we can save these smaller venues.”

The #SOSFest was put on by the National Independent Venue Association which represents more than 2,800 members in all 50 states. These independent venues and promoters were the first to close and will be the last to fully reopen. To learn more about how you can help and where you can donate to aid in NIVA’s efforts, click here. Watch the full Foo Fighters set below.

Foo Fighters at #SOSFest

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Foo Fighters, Rise Against + More to Play Save Our Stages Fest

We’re all missing shows and live music right now, but we need venues for artists to play once Covid-19 conditions lift. With that in mind, Foo Fighters, Rise Against and a host of other acts across multiple genres will be participating the Save Our Stages (#SOSFEST) Fest, taking place Oct. 16-18.

The three-day virtual music festival is bringing attention to the National Independent Venue Association‘s campaign to rally relief and advocacy support in order to get a need-based grant program launched to help out many of the music venues that are struggling after seven months without touring shows.

Without financial assistance, 90 percent of independent music venues are currently on the verge of closing forever and they need help during the ongoing pandemic.

In addition to Foo Fighters and Rise Against, the eclectic lineup includes Dave Matthews, Leon Bridges, Demi Lovato, Little Big Town, Miley Cyrus, Portugal. The Man, Reba McEntire, The Roots, The Revivalists, Brittany Howard, Brothers Osborne, Finneas, Jason Mraz, The Lumineers, Macklemore, Nathaniel Rateliff and a number of others, with The Late Late Show band leader Reggie Watts hosting the event. Each of the acts will be playing at some of America’s most popular and historic music venues that are currently facing crisis during this time. See the full lineup poster at the bottom of this post.

You can tune in to #SOSFEST for free, and help out in a variety of ways. You can subscribe to the NIVA YouTube Channel (which is hosting the event), set a reminder on the NIVA #SOSFEST channel, tune in Oct. 16-18 to watch the exclusive performances and donate to the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund. You can also help spread the word by RSVPing on social media to the Oct. 16, 17 and 18 performances.

It’s also not too late to take action, by sending a message to your local representatives to drive support for government assistance. NIVA already has a letter ready to send if you wish to lend your support.

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The 66 Best Hard Rock Songs of the 21st Century

The end of grunge, the emergence of nu metal and pop punk and Y2K was upon us. It seems like yesterday the 21st Century started, but here we are with nearly two decades worth of amazing hard rock songs. In this list, we’ll run through 66 of the tracks that have left an indelible imprint on the century so far.

In many ways, the year 2000 marked a bit of a rebirth in the rock world, launching the careers of such acts as Linkin Park, A Perfect Circle, 3 Doors Down, Disturbed and Papa Roach, and things only grew from there.

Bands such as Evanescence, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Five Finger Death Punch, Paramore and many others sprouted up in the years ahead, ensuring a healthy mix of rock music carrying the torch through the first 20 years.

You also had holdover acts such as Nine Inch Nails, Korn, Deftones, Creed and Red Hot Chili Peppers continuing their amazing runs in the new century.

Enjoy this trip down memory lane as we revisit the 66 Best Hard Rock Songs of the 21st Century. And be sure to check out the 66 Best Metal Songs of the 21st Century here.

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Dave Grohl Wrote a New Song for 10-Year-Old Nandi Bushell

Dave Grohl doesn’t mess around when he says he has something special planned. As part of his drum battle with viral 10-year-old rocker Nandi Bushell, he wrote a song dedicated to her and posted a video playing it on Twitter.

Bushell originally posted a video drumming along to Foo Fighters“Everlong,” and challenged Grohl to a competition. He replied with a video playing Them Crooked Vultures‘ “Dead End Friends,” and the young protege played along as well. Grohl accepted defeat for the first round and teased that he had something special planned for the follow-up.

“Okay Nandi, you got me. You win round one,” the Foo Fighters frontman declared from his drum set in a video. “But I got something special for you. Something you’ve never heard before. Something I’ve never heard before, because I’m about to write this off the top of my head for you.”

The video splits into different frames, showing Grohl playing the drums, bass, guitar and singing. “Nandi, number one supergirl / Nandi, best drummer in the world” are the opening lyrics — talk about a compliment. The song also features backing vocals from “The Grohlettes.” Watch the video to hear the whole song below.

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10-Year-Old Challenges Dave Grohl to Drum Off, He Accepts

Dave Grohl, watch out! 10-year-old drum sensation Nandi Bushell recently challenged the Foo Fighters leader to a drum off. But Grohl was up to the challenge and served up a challenge back.

Bushell has become a YouTube sensation, posting videos of her drumming for a few years now and garnering the attention of many of today’s top rock stars. The musician recently posted her drum cover of Foo Fighters’ “Everlong,” but rather than just delivering a straight-up cover, she made it into a drum off challenge to Grohl.

Pounding away with passion on the drums and cymbals (which she adorned with Foo Fighters signage) and even letting out a few primal screams along the way, Bushell ended her performance staring at the camera and yelling “Checkmate” before walking off.

Bushell stated in the description for the video, “My dream is to one day jam with Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and all the @Foo Fighters! 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!!!” Watch below:

Nandi Bushell Challenges Dave Grohl to Drum Off on “Everlong”

Grohl responded a few days later, stating in his social media post, “Hey Nandi Bushell! Challenge accepted. Haven’t played these songs in a loooooong time…..thanks for the inspiration!!! Your move!!! Your friend in rock, Dave.”

Grohl opened his video playing his daughter Harper’s drum set, rocking through “Everlong,” then offering up a challenge back to Bushell. “I haven’t played that song since the day I recorded it in 1997,” said Grohl, adding, “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 gonna do? Look, I’ve seen all your videos, I’ve seen you on TV. You’re an incredible drummer 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, so today, I’m gonna give you something you may not have heard before. It’s a song called ‘Dead End Friends’ from Them Crooked Vultures.”

Grohl then added, “This is my response, your challenge, so now the ball is in your court,” before launching into “Dead End Friends” from his other band Them Crooked Vultures. Have a look below.

Will this drum off continue with Bushell’s response? Will she put the challenge to any other rock or metal drummers? Stay tuned and see more of Bushell’s instrumental covers here.

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