Drummer pays tribute to Neil Peart with incredible 175-song Rush medley

Brandon Toews
(Image credit: Drumeo)

Drummer Brandon Toews and learning platform Drumeo have released a video tribute to late Rush drummer Neil Peart. In the video, Toews plays sections of every Rush song from every Rush album, with all 175 segments arranged to flow seamlessly together to create a 24 minute masterpiece.

"Brandon Toews is a huge Neil Peart fan, so as a tribute to The Professor, he put together this drum medley over the course of 10 weeks," say Drumeo. "He recorded full takes in their entirety (nope… we didn’t just piece this together song by song) and used transcriptions available in DrumeoSONGS [an app that provides song breakdowns and play-along tools for aspiring drummers] to learn the parts. 

"The setup Brandon used for this performance incorporates different elements from the drum kits Neil used over his 40 years with Rush. This includes the legendary tubular bells, gong drum, and electronic pads." 

"This was a huge project to put together, definitely one of the most ambitious projects I've ever attempted," adds Toews. "But it was an absolute honour to pay tribute to Neil. I recorded four or five full performances in their entirety and then we chose the best angles for the final video!"

Toews is based in Vancouver, Canada, and is the author of The Drummer’s Toolbox and the co-author of The Best Beginner Drum Book. He's also a Project Manager at Musora Media Inc., home to Drumeo and to other online music education platforms Pianote, Guitareo, and Singeo. 

And let's be honest: if Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson ever decide to take the music of Rush out on the road again, this is a brilliant audition video. 

Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.