Rush’s Alex Lifeson Praises Nandi Bushell’s Neil Peart Tribute


Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson posted a tweet as a reaction to the drummer Nandi Bushell who paid tribute to Neil Peart with her drumming skills.

Formed in 1968, Rush is known for its musicianship, elaborate stage performances, distinctive lyrical motifs, complex compositions, and its classic power trio lineup featuring Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, and Neil Peart. They achieved commercial success in the 1970s, rose in popularity throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and continued to perform until 1997.

In 1997, Rush entered a four-year hiatus due to Neil Peart’s personal tragedies, since he lost his daughter Selena in a car crash in August 1997 and his wife Jacqueline from cancer in June 1998. When Peart decided to rejoin the band in 2001, the trio came together and released three more albums. In January 2018, Lifeson announced that Rush was over.

On January 7, 2020, Peart passed away at the age of 67 due to a type of brain cancer named glioblastoma after battling it for three and a half years. After his passing, Rush closed the doors for a reunion. In a recent tweet, the social media personality and drummer Nandi Bushell decided to pay tribute to Neil Peart by playing the Rush song ‘Tom Sawyer,’ which Peart considered highly difficult to play.

When he saw Bushell’s tweet, Alex Lifeson decided to reveal his thoughts on the young drummer’s performance. He said that Bushell brought a tear to his eyes with her Peart tribute and said ‘Tom Sawyer’ is really a difficult song to play drums to. However, he added that Bushell made playing it fun, and Peart would have loved her performance, just like he and Geddy Lee.
Nandi Bushell’s tweet read:

“This one is for you, Professor. I wanted to try a Rush song that would really challenge me. I watched an interview where Neil Peart said ‘Tom Sawyer’ ‘remains so difficult to play.’ So I thought I would give it a try. It’s actually really fun to play.”

Upon seeing Bushell’s tweet, Alex Lifeson said:

“Oh, Nandi Bushell, you brought a tear to my eye with this tribute! ‘Tom Sawyer’ is a difficult song to play drums to, and you made it so much fun. Neil would have loved your performance and wonderful smile, as both Geddy and I do!”

You can check out the tweets below.