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Dave Grohl Surprises Kid Drummer with a Special Message

September 12, 2019

Yoyoka, did you have
fun last time you were? [SPEAKING JAPANESE] Yes. [LAUGHTER] And what I didn’t
ask you the last time is when did you learn
how to play drums? How old were you? And why did you start? [SPEAKING JAPANESE] [SPEAKING JAPANESE] [LAUGHTER] So she started playing the
drums since she was two. Wow. And she taught herself. But she doesn’t know
how to read music. Because she’s a little too lazy. [LAUGHTER] Wow. I don’t think you’re lazy. And who is one of
your favorite– who do you like as drummers? Who’s your favorite? [SPEAKING JAPANESE] [SPEAKING JAPANESE] Dave Grohl. I heard it, Dave Grohl. Dave Grohl, she has
a lot of favorites. But that’s her favorite
in the rock genre. Yeah, he’s pretty good. He’s really good. OK, and what do you
like about Dave Grohl? What’s the best thing about him? Dave Grohl [SPEAKING JAPANESE] [SPEAKING JAPANESE] Uh-huh. [LAUGHTER] So she loves the sound
that his drums make it. She thinks it’s really cool. And she thinks that he
has a really heavy groove. Yeah, he does have
a heavy groove. All right, and you
went to New York. And what surprised you about
New York when you went there? [SPEAKING JAPANESE] [SPEAKING JAPANESE] So there was a lot of
different smells in New York, good ones, bad ones. Yes. [LAUGHTER] And she was really
surprised on how big the beds were in New York. And the one she saw in her
hotel that she was staying in was the biggest bed she’s
ever seen in her life. Oh, wow. That must have been a big bed. [SPEAKING JAPANESE] [LAUGHTER] Wow, yes. It’s is a nice-sized bed. [SPEAKING JAPANESE] You could sleep standing
up against that wall, too, if you wanted to. [LAUGHTER] [SPEAKING JAPANESE] [LAUGH] [LAUGHTER] All right. So here’s something that
you want to teach me. Is this what you
want to teach me? [SPEAKING JAPANESE] Hai. OK. What happens? [SPEAKING JAPANESE] [SPEAKING JAPANESE] This is a kendama. It’s a traditional
Japanese game. OK. [SPEAKING JAPANESE] [APPLAUSE] [LAUGHTER] All right, all right. [LAUGHTER] [CHEERING] This is stupid. [LAUGHTER] All right, so the last
time you were here– see, what happens is, we
interview you ahead of time and ask questions of what
things that you like. And then I pretend
like I don’t know. And I ask you
questions out here. And this– we’ll explain
all of this later. But this is what happened
last time she was here. And then what kind
of instrument do you want to learn how to play next? [SPEAKING JAPANESE] She wants to know how to
play the guitar and the bass. That’s not what I was
hoping she would she. [SPEAKING JAPANESE] Ask her some other instruments. [SPEAKING JAPANESE] No. [LAUGHTER] That’s it? Does she like a xylophone? [LAUGHTER] [SPEAKING JAPANESE] She doesn’t want to learn it. [LAUGHTER] Does she want to look at one? [LAUGHTER] [APPLAUSE] There you go! All right, so we
thought that you wanted to learn the xylophone. [SPEAKING JAPANESE] No? [SPEAKING JAPANESE] She did want it. Oh, good. So have you used it? Have you learned? [SPEAKING JAPANESE] [SPEAKING JAPANESE] Yeah, she’s using it every day. Oh, well, that’s wonderful. Because I was going
to take it back. That’s good. [SPEAKING JAPANESE] Look at that! That’s fun, right? [SPEAKING JAPANESE] All right. [APPLAUSE] Here to perform “The
Pretender” by Foo Fighters, nine-year-old drummer Yoyoka. [MUSIC – FOO FIGHTERS, “THE
PRETENDER”] (SINGING) Keep you in the dark. And so it all began. The need you buried deep,
the secrets that you keep are ever ready. Are you ready? I’m finished making sense,
done pleading ignorance. That whole defense. Spinning infinity, boy. The wheel is spinning me. It’s never-ending, never-ending. Same old story. What if I say I’m
not like the others? What if I say I’m not just
another one of your plays? You’re the pretender. What if I Say I’ll
never surrender? What if I say I’m
not like the others? What if I say I’m not just
another one of your plays? You’re the pretender. What if I say I will
never surrender? So who are you? Yeah who are you? Yeah who are you? [APPLAUSE] So good! [SPEAKING JAPANESE] So good. All right, earlier,
you said Dave Grohl was one of your favorite drummers. So take a look here. 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, because the
world needs more drummers. [APPLAUSE] All right. Also, while you’re here, we
want to give you four VIP passes to go to Universal Studios. And then you’re going to go– [APPLAUSE] [SPEAKING JAPANESE] Hi, I’m Andy. Ellen asked me to remind you
to subscribe to her channel, so you can see more
awesome videos, like videos of me getting scared, or
saying embarrassing things, like ball peen hammer, and
also some videos of Ellen and other celebrities, if
you’re into that sort of thing. Ah! Ah, [BLEEP]! God [BLEEP]!

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