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Mystery Grandma Rocks A One-Man Concert On A Drum Kit In Wisconsin Music Store


I don’t think AD/DC ever thought that a viable re-wording of their seminal song “Let There Be Rock” would look like this: “Let there be sound, light, drums, grannies!”

Wait, grannies? Yes. Grannies.

A mysterious elderly woman walked into the Coalition Drum Shop in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and proceeded to play a mindblowing 15-minute drum solo, much to the surprise of other customers and the store staff. After she finished kicking ass and taking names, the woman left the store without even leaving her name.

I choose to think of her as an angel of rock and roll, delivering unto us the holy balm of awesome music. Rock on, metal granny, Rock on.

(via Jezebel)

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  • http://adronbuske.com/ Adron Buske

    Mary Hvizda, 63, of Onalaska, Wisconsin. And “Grandma” is a rather ageist title, since she never had children or married. :)

    http://www.news8000.com/news/mystery-grandma-drummer-mary-hvsida-has-long-history-in-drumming/-/326/21086146/-/3rjx34/-/index.html

  • http://adronbuske.com/ Adron Buske

    I learned early to never discount an aging musician. A high school friend’s grandmother (then in her 60s) had perfect pitch and the ability to play anything on the piano by ear, in its entirety and fairly precisely, after a single listen. Her preference was ragtime and swing, but we loved to test her by playing popular music of the time (mid-90s), which created some interesting translations.

    I wish we could have recorded the time when we challenged her with Metallica’s “Master of Puppets”. She disliked the aggressive metal sound, but what she distilled into piano form was bombastic and spine-tinglingly beautiful, particularly the classical influenced guitar solo segments. When she got playful towards the end, spinning Hetfield’s riffing into ragtime swagger, we were simply astounded.

    She’d never had a lesson. Just has music in her DNA.

  • Lisa Liscoumb

    Agreed, Adron. I play in a community concert band, and we have at least two members in their 80s. Our oldest member, at 86, unfortunately just passed away rather suddenly.

  • Anonymous

    She was the original Rolling Stones drummer before they kicked her out for being under age :)