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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl surprised 9-year-old drumming prodigy Yoyoka Soma when she appeared on The Ellen Show this week.

Last summer, Japanese schoolkid Yoyoka Soma hit headlines across the globe when her astounding performance of Led Zeppelin's 'Good Times Bad Times' went viral online.

Invited back onto The Ellen Show this week following an appearance in 2018, Soma told Ellen DeGeneres, via a translator, that Dave Grohl is her favourite drummer because of his “really heavy groove”.

Soma, who has been drumming since the age of two, later got behind her kit to show her considerable skills drumming along to the 2007 Foo Fighters track ‘The Pretender’.

Following the performance, DeGeneres surprised Somo by sharing a video message from Dave himself, where he tells her: “Hey Yoyoka, this is Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters. I’ve seen you play ‘The Pretender’ before and you’re amazing! So keep it up, the world needs more drummers.”


Last July, Robert Plant told CBC radio program Q that late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham would have been impressed by the then 8-year-old musician.

"I think he would be so amazed," Percy said. "I think he would be so chuffed. It's great."

Ahead of their headline slots at Reading and Leeds Festival on the August Bank Holiday weekend, Foo Fighters play gigs at Glasgow Summer Sessions, Belfast Boucher Road Playing Fields and Dublin RDS Arena.

Their summer 2019 dates are as follows:

AUGUST 2019
Glasgow Summer Sessions, Bellahouston Park - Sat 17th
Belfast Boucher Road Playing Fields – Mon 19th
Dublin RDS Arena – Wed 21st
Leeds Festival - Fri 23rd
Reading Festival - Sun 25th

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