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VIDEO: BC drummer plays all 175 Rush songs in 24-minute video – Saanich News

A video of a Chilliwack drummer playing all 175 songs of Canadian rock band Rush has gone viral.

Brandon Toes performed a spectacular 24-minute tribute in honor of the band’s late drummer Neil Pert and released it last week.

“Today marks two years since Neil Pert passed away,” Toes wrote on social media on January 7. La Villa Strongiato,’ and watching all the DVDs of the Rush concert over and over again to study Neil’s play.”

In the 24-minute-33-second video, Toes pounds in for a few seconds of each Rush song, released in chronological order.

The YouTube video was published through Drumio, a music school based in Abbotsford, where Toes is a content project manager and a coach. As of Thursday, January 13, the video had over 198,000 views.

Toez plays “the best part of every single Rush song”, Drumio said.

People are calling his performance “amazing,” “simply unbelievable,” and “crazy.”

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The story was picked up by Billboard, CBC, Metal Injection, ET Canada and others.

Toez said the response has been incredible.

“It’s great to see this video connect with so many Rush fans around the world and I certainly didn’t expect it to gain so much traction,” he added. “It really shows how big an impact Neil had on the drumming community around the world. It was an absolute honor and a privilege to put this project together as a tribute to Neil.”

Chilliwack drummer Brandon Toes put together a 24-minute video in which he plays every single Rush song released in chronological order. Here he is with his drum setup. (Laura Scotton/Drumio)

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