Muppets Video: Does Dave Grohl Drum Battle Trump Animal vs. Buddy Rich?

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl stopped by The Muppets on Tuesday to partake in a hotly-anticipated drum battle.

But was the percussive duel (video above) anywhere near as good as the one-time battle between Animal and Buddy Rich?

In the following Muppet Show clip from 1981, the legendary jazz drummer stops by for the episode’s big finale. As a favor to Kermit the Frog, Rich agrees to duel with the rowdiest muppet, trouncing his competition in a musical fight to the death:

Unlike the battle with Rich, which culminates with an obvious victor, Grohl and Animal agree to a tie after throwing in the towel (and quite literally their drum sets) in just under a minute. So while the answer might seem obvious, we have to ask: Which drum-off did you prefer? Vote in our poll and sound off below!


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7 Comments
  1. The one from 81 was better.

  2. Kvivik says:

    Dave Grohl should have decimated Animal (as much as I love the little guy).
    I much prefer the original battle with Buddy Rich cause Buddy took it seriously and showed off real genius. It was fabulous.

  3. Agent86 says:

    There are a lot of jazz drummers I like better than Buddy Rich, but compared to him Grohl is strictly an amateur.

  4. Mikey Jaymes says:

    Sorry, I love Mr. Grohl’s band and all, but……Dave couldn’t carry Buddy Rich’s stick-bag. No contest.

  5. DrHomeschoolMom says:

    Get Neil Peart in there – one of the few who might give Buddy Rich a run for his money (although I am sure he would still say Buddy would win as he has mad respect for the man’s drumming skills).

  6. Marie says:

    Has anyone else seen the drum battle between Animal and Travis Barker on Youtube? It is hilarious!

  7. Barbara Corday says:

    There will never be another Buddy Rich.