On Thursday, the dramatic feud between Dave Grohl and 10-year-old YouTube sensation Nandi Bushell came to a close when the Foo Fighters frontman conceded defeat on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Then on Sunday, Bushell issued her response to Grohl’s admission which, rather than gloating in the face of victory, looked ahead to the former adversaries’ upcoming collaboration.The saga between the British girl and the world-famous musician stretches back to August 17th, when Bushell posted a video on her YouTube page of her drumming to the Foo Fighters hit “Everlong” and challenged Grohl to a drum-off. Grohl responded in kind by performing the song, as well as issuing a new challenge for Bushell to play “Dead End Friends” by Them Crooked Vultures.In September, Bushell responded with a beat-for-beat recreation of Grohl’s performance, after which the 51-year-old musician declared her the victor of round one. In honor of Bushell’s victory, Grohl even wrote a theme song for the “superhero” in addition to admitting defeat on national television.Related: Watch Dave Grohl’s 8-Year-Old Daughter Rock The Drums In Iceland With Foo FightersNow, with their competition behind them, Bushell and Grohl are ready to join forces and collaborate on a song. But first, however, it was time for Bushell to claim victory, which she did in a charmingly well-produced video posted to her Twitter on Sunday. The video features her invoking the gods of rock in poetic verse, as well as quoting the Tenacious D song “Tribute” in anticipation of her and Grohl writing “The greatest song in the world.”Bushell says in the video,Mr Grohl, thou declare defeat at my feet/the rocks gods of old watch you retreat/your legend of history will echo in time/but still you resign to a child of three foot nine/sticks/rock gods be with me/I call on thee/strum Hendrix, slap Lemmy, and sing with me Freddie/the legendary Grohl wants to jam with me/and we shall create the greatest rhapsody!Watch Nandi Bushell claim victory over Dave Grohl, and look out for a forthcoming collaboration between the former combatants.
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GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 The Arima Kinen, which draws the curtain on the racing season, rivals only Britain’s Grand National as the race with the highest turnover in the world. Last season, the 2,500-meter contest at Nakayama Racecourse raked in ¥38.8 billion.The first 10 horses of the field are chosen by fans.Buena Vista, the top vote-getter who will retire after Sunday’s race, is coming off victory in the Japan Cup on Nov. 27, the 5-year-old mare’s sixth Grade 1 title.She also has career earnings of close to ¥1.4 billion, the most ever by a female horse in Japan.A win in the Arima Kinen will give her No. 7, which would match the all-time high jointly held by Deep Impact, T M Opera O, Symboli Rudolf and Vodka — all Hall of Fame thoroughbreds.Buena Vista has finished second in the Arima Kinen the last two years.“She’s got her confidence back after winning the Japan Cup,” Buena Vista’s jockey Yasunari Iwata said. “All I need to do is ride with belief in myself.”Orfevre has rattled off five straight graded wins and according to both trainer Yasutoshi Ikee and jockey Kenichi Ikezoe, is in even better form than he was when the colt crushed the competition in the 3,000-meter Kikka-sho.The Arima Kinen will be Orfevre’s first test against the older horses. In the 2005 race when Deep Impact ran as the unbeaten Triple Crown champion, he came up short, finishing runnerup to Heart’s Cry.“His time in the workout was fast, and he had good movement,” Ikee said. “I’m more than satisfied with what I’ve seen.”The stellar field of 13 — after 3-year-old Pelusa was scratched early Saturday — also features the race’s defending champion and Dubai World Cup holder Victoire Pisa, this year’s two Tenno-sho winners Hiruno d’Amour (spring) and Tosen Jordan (autumn) as well as Takarazuka Kinen champion Earnestly.Victoire Pisa fizzled to 13th in the Japan Cup — his first start since winning the Dubai World Cup back in March — but should vastly improve in performance and result this time.“He’s in much better shape without question,” trainer Katsuhiko Summi said. “He’s sharper and he’s starting to show the competitive fire.” Triple Crown champion Orfevre looks set to be the morning line favorite ahead of retiring superhorse Buena Vista for the 56th Arima Kinen on Sunday in what is shaping up to be a historic clash of the titans.The 3-year-old Orfevre, who became just the seventh Triple Crown winner in Japanese racing history with victory in the Kikka-sho in October, was the early pick of the punters through Saturday’s betting for the ¥416 million Arima Kinen.
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