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Glowstick air-drummer at Rush show nails Neil Peart’s part

But was the air drummer wearing a Neil Peart cap?


Josh Katzowitz


Rush is nearing the end of a nationwide tour that celebrates the prog-rock band’s four decades in music. But for at least one talented fan in Las Vegas last weekend, he or she proved that bassist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer Neil Peart weren’t the only talented musicians in the house.

Check out the air drummer in the audience at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night. No, check out the air drummer with the light-up sticks that drums along perfectly with Peart during “Subdivisions.”

According to Eric Swannie’s description on YouTube, “This guy did this the ENTIRE concert and seemed to be very accurate.” So, kudos to the guy or girl who must have impressed/annoyed everyone around him or her with this production of percussion.

Obviously, this video would have been even cooler if we had a closeup on the person playing a show within a show—at least to see if he or she also was donning Peart’s cap.

But there’s also something really nice about two lonely glowsticks moving so in tune with Peart’s beat. As one of video commenters beautifully wrote, “The drummer is our tiny lonely existence, a speck among the billions of billions of stars in the whole wide ever expanding universe, moving vibrantly with life only to be gone like tears in the rain.”

Photo via Josh Tidsbury/Flickr (CC BY ND 2.0)

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