Watch Mike Portnoy pay tribute to Rush’s Neil Peart… on a tiny drum kit

Mike Portnoy plays a tiny drumkit
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Mike Portnoy (opens in new tab) has paid tribute to Neil Peart (opens in new tab) by battering his way through a selection of Rush (opens in new tab) classics on a tiny children’s drum kit... and he's done it all for charity.

Portnoy is no stranger to dealing with the challenges of playing on kits made for kids, with the musician previously put through his paces on a Hello Kitty kit and a Pokemon-themed kit

Those were both set up by Loudwire (opens in new tab), who are behind the latest video clip.

In the video below, Portnoy attempts to play YYZ, Spirit Of Radio and the 2112 Overture, with varying degrees of success, with a few technical difficulties getting in the way. He then decides to keep people guessing with a Rush ‘name that tune.’

The drum kit is now up for auction, with proceeds going to charity (opens in new tab).

Portnoy explains: “I know we had a lot of fun, but all joking aside, losing Neil has been truly devastating and heartbreaking and I don’t want to make light out of that.

“So we’re going to auction the kit off and sign it and the proceeds for this are going to go to brain cancer research.”

Peart died last month after a three and a half year battle with brain cancer (opens in new tab).

The new issue of Prog magazine, which is on sale now (opens in new tab), pays tribute to Peart, with the drumming legend featuring on the front cover. Inside we look at Peart's finest musical and lyric moments and the enigma behind the public face of the man Carl Palmer called “one of the most innovative drummers in the prog world.”

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