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Watch 11-year-old drumming and social media sensation Nandi Bushell's drum cover of Rush's Tom Sawyer

Mon, Feb 7, 2022@12:59PM | comments

11-year-old drumming sensation and social media celebrity Nandi Bushell recently posted her cover of Rush's Tom Sawyer to YouTube with the following caption:

This one is for you Professor Peart. I wanted to try a @rush song that would really challenge me. I watched an interview were the Professor said Tom Sawyer 'remains so difficult to play'. So I thought I would give it a try. It's actually really fun to play. I really hope I have done the song justice, Professor Pearts' playing is incredible. I hope I got the strength and smoothness balance right. I have a new found love for RUSH now too! ...

Bushell became a viral sensation back in 2020 thanks to a virtual, lockdown drum battle that unfolded between her and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. You can check out all of her videos on her YouTube channel here. The video has already garnered the attention of Rush, who retweeted her video with the following quote from Alex:

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! - Alex