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Monday, February 16, 2015

Neil Peart in new Sacred Grove video: "A Little More Noise"

For a few years, Stuart Copeland has been hosting "wild jams" at his Sacred Grove studio. These jams have included musicians such as Snoop Dog (Lion), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Les Claypool (Primus), Larry Lalonde (Primus), Stanley Clarke, Andy Summers (The Police), and Neil Peart.

Now Copeland has released a new jam, "A Little More Noise," with Peart and Danny Carey (Tool) on drums. Other musicians include Matt Scannell (Vertical Horizon), Matt Stone (South Park/Book of Mormon), Mike Dolbear, Thomas Lang, Dave Elich, and Aaron Sterling.

Copeland wrote in the YouTube description:

Some new drums arrived so Peart and Carey came over to lay heavy hands upon them. Scannell and I banged out any old riffs while Stone chimed the gongs.
Couple days later four MORE drummers dropped by and took up the horns. The piano was an afterthought.

Copeland also posted this Tweet:

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Origin of Neil Peart documentary

In 2009, filmmaker Paul Miil released the documentary The Big Story of Small Potatoes. It explored the roots of the lost music scene of Niagara, circa 1964-1974, of which Neil Peart was a musician. As part of his research, Miil spoke to many musicians who played with Neil in his early years, as well as contemporary drummers.

Now, Miil has recut the footage to assemble a new 48-minute documentary, The Origin of Neil Peart. Miil explains in the intro:

Before the footage from The Big Story of Small Potatoes was lost to time, I thought it prudent to fill the commitment I made to myself in 2007 to make the Neil Peart documentary. Neil Peart's band mates and contemporary drummers are the true character of this film. I had a ton of fun researching and finding them, and thank them all for their participation. In any event, it may be more accurate to have the "many" explain the "one"...

Thanks to Paul Miil for documenting this important musical history.


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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Neil Peart Signature UrbannBoards Drummer Shoes

Updated 1/29/14

UrbannBoards posted info on their Facebook page about how to purchase these shoes:


The first 150 pairs will be sold through URBANNBOARDS facebook fan page (
Share the post that will go on February 2nd, comment with your name, e-mail, shoe size, then we will send the charge of US$169,90 thru PayPal.
With the shoes you will also receive a metal tag with your name on it, the serial number and Neil Peart's Signature....
First come first serve, we will send you an e-mail and when the payment is completed, then your order will be confirmed. If the payment is not confirmed, the next person will take place, (But you still receive your shoes, just without the tag after shoe #150)
The shoes will be sent via UPS and the freight will be charged according to your location, it will be ready to be shipped within 45 days directly from the factory in Brazil.
For the very first shoe, there will be an auction, and the money donated to a Children Institute Charity, for that there will be a special post on February 2nd as well.

UrbannBoards Drummer Shoes introduced Neil Peart Signature shoes at NAMM this week.


I'm waiting to get information from UrbannBoards about how to order these shoes (you can contact them directly at You can also read some reviews here:

Music Radar

Verdict - 4 out of 5 stars

In today's drumming, the feet are just as important as the hands and Urban Boards may provide the ideal solution. There's an intimate connection with the pedal board and yet the shoe provides support while the thin rubber sole is enough for stress and shock protection.

So let's go back and answer the question "are these shoes a gimmick?"

The evolution of drumming has come a long way since our ancestors hit hollowed out tree trunks with branches. What would we have done without the invention of drum sticks? If the hi hat pedal hadn't been invented our cymbals would still be placed 12 inches off the floor. What about the double bass drum pedal? The boom stand? The list goes on and you get the idea. While I am not saying that these shoes are as important as these devices that we now take for granted, if something new comes along to help us play better or more comfortably then bring it on! These shoes are no gimmicks.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Neil Peart R40 snare drum

At NAMM 2015 this week, DW announced that the Neil Peart R40 14 x 6.5 snare drum will be available for purchase. All Pro Percussion has a listing for the snare with an estimated delivery date of April 2015. It's listed for $1,499.55, which is the same price as the Neil Peart ICON Time Machine Snare. Note that this drum features the same level of exotic inlay artwork as well, meaning that the designs on the drum are produced by different wood types and colors (as opposed to graphics).

Here's the description:

In celebration of Rush's 40th Anniversary Tour, Drum Workshop, Inc. (DW Drums) is releasing the Neil Peart R40 snare drum. Just like Neil's R40 touring kit, this DW Icon series snare features exotic inlay artwork from previous Rush albums and gold plated hardware. Each snare includes DW's Mag Throw-Off with 3 position butt plate and a DW Deluxe Snare Drum Bag.


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Thursday, January 22, 2015

New Neil Peart R40 drums

As if the R40 tour announcement wasn't enough, DW also unveiled Neil Peart's new R40 Live tour drums at the Winter NAMM 2015 show today.

This looks to be a variation on the "S.S. Professor" R30 kit design. I'll post more info about the kit as I get it.

Here are a few photos from Twitter:

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Rush announce 34 city R40 Live tour!

Today Rush announced they'll be touring 34 North American cities in 2015. The tour starts on May 8 in Tulsa, OK, and finishes in Los Angeles on August 1. Tickets will go on sale for some shows starting January 30. See full list below.

From the press release:

Celebrating 40 years, Rush and Live Nation confirmed that the R40 LIVE Tour will visit 34 cities throughout North America this summer beginning May 8 in Tulsa, OK and finishing August 1 in Los Angeles, CA. These not to be missed concerts will highlight four decades of the band's music. Tickets for the RUSH: R40 LIVE TOUR will go on sale starting January 30th in select markets at and


R40 Live Tour dates

Date Location Venue Tickets
8-May-15 Tulsa BOK Center On sale January 30, 2015
10-May-15 Lincoln Pinnacle Bank Arena On Sale Soon
12-May-15 St. Paul Xcel Energy Center On sale January 30, 2015
14-May-15 St. Louis Scottrade Center On Sale Soon
16-May-15 Austin Austin360 Amphitheater On Sale Soon
18-May-15 Dallas American Airlines Center On sale January 30, 2015
20-May-15 Houston The Toyota Center On sale January 30, 2015
22-May-15 New Orleans Smoothie King Center On Sale Soon
24-May-15 Tampa Amalie Arena On Sale Soon
26-May-15 Atlanta Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre On Sale Soon
28-May-15 Greensboro The Greensboro Coliseum On Sale Soon
30-May-15 Bristow (DC Area) Jiffy Lube Live On sale January 30, 2015
8-Jun-15 Columbus Nationwide Arena On Sale Soon
10-Jun-15 Buffalo First Niagara Center On sale January 30, 2015
12-Jun-15 Chicago United Center On sale January 30, 2015
14-Jun-15 Detroit Palace of Auburn Hills On Sale Soon
17-Jun-15 Toronto (I) Air Canada Centre On sale February 6, 2015
19-Jun-15 Toronto (II) Air Canada Centre On sale February 6, 2015
21-Jun-15 Montreal Bell Centre On sale February 7, 2015
23-Jun-15 Boston TD Garden On sale January 30, 2015
25-Jun-15 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center On sale January 30, 2015
27-Jun-15 Newark Prudential Center On sale January 30, 2015
29-Jun-15 New York Madison Square Garden On sale January 30, 2015
9-Jul-15 Kansas City Sprint Center On Sale Soon
11-Jul-15 Denver Pepsi Center On sale January 30, 2015
13-Jul-15 Salt Lake City Maverik Center On Sale Soon
15-Jul-15 Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome On sale February 6, 2015
17-Jul-15 Vancouver Rogers Arena On sale February 6, 2015
19-Jul-15 Seattle Key Arena On Sale Soon
21-Jul-15 Portland MODA Center On Sale Soon
23-Jul-15 San Jose SAP Center at San Jose On sale January 30, 2015
25-Jul-15 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena On Sale Soon
27-Jul-15 Phoenix US Airways Center On Sale Soon
30-Jul-15 Irvine Meadows Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre On Sale Soon
1-Aug-15 Los Angeles The Forum On Sale Soon


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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Neil Peart July 2014 update: "Bamm Bamm and the Lemon Slug"

This week, Neil Peart posted a story about driving in the July racing event, "24 Hours of LeMons," in Tooele, Utah. You can read the story at Neil's website,  July 2014: "Bamm Bamm and the Lemon Slug".


photo by Craig M. Renwick

Here's an excerpt:

Your reporter poses with his full-face helmet and fireproof gloves, wearing his fireproof suit, socks, long underwear, and shoes (I know--red; they were out of black, see, and I thought, "Okay-I will rock those red shoes"). I am about to take my first driving shift in the "24 Hours of LeMons," in Tooele, Utah. (Pronounced "Too-ill-uh.") The endurance racing series, punning on the famous 24-hour race in Le Mans, France, was conceived around 2006 by journalist Jay Lamm. His mission was to give low-budget enthusiasts an opportunity to race--safely and humorously.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Neil Peart's November 2014 interviews

Neil Peart has been one busy drummer these days. As part of promoting his new book Far and Near: On Days Like These and the new Rush Blu-ray box set R40, he's appeared on many programs this week. If you missed any of these, here they are:

The Strombo Show: Nov 10

The Strombo Show welcomes Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist of RUSH, for a rare and intimate conversation from George's home.


CBC Music: Jesse Kinos-Goodin: Nov 12

Neil Peart, the legendary drummer of Rush, and Jesse Kinos-Goodin sit down for an in-depth discussion in this CBC Music exclusive about his literary influences, his new book Far and Near, changing his drumming style, the Foo Fighters, why Tom Sawyer will "never be easy" and more.

Part 1: Motorcycles and writing

Part 2: 40 Years of Rush


CBC Music: November 12

Neil Peart explains 10 great Rush songs

Neil Peart's Guide to Neil Peart's Drums


One On One with Neil Peart of RUSH (upcoming)

This weekend on your radio, Neil Peart sits down with Legends of Classic Rock host Jeff Woods, for an hour featuring stories and music, related to membership in RUSH, the band's new retrospective DVD release R40, and Peart's life and adventures on the road, expanding upon stories in his latest book "Far and Near - On Days Like These".

For stations and showtimes, go to:

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Sunday, November 09, 2014

See Neil Peart's Time Machine drum kit at Just Drums in Toronto, 11/15, 12 p.m.

For those of you in the Toronto area on Saturday, November 15, Neil Peart's drum tech Lorne "Gump" Wheaton will be at Just Drums with Neil Peart's Time Machine kit.

WHEN: Saturday, November 15 from 12:00-4:00PM.
WHERE: Just Drums, 137 Willowdale Ave, Toronto, ON


From the Facebook event page:

On November 15 in Toronto, Roland Canada and Just Drums are proud to host the WORLD' S MOST RECOGNIZED HYBRID DRUM KIT EVENT!

Don't miss this once in a lifetime chance for an Interactive Experience with the world's most recognized hybrid drum kit and drum tech for one of THE most accomplished drummers in the world! Neil Peart's Time Machine Hybrid kit is a work of art and has been on stage all over the world with RUSH on their Clockwork Angels and Time Machine tours. Drum technician Lorne (Gump) Wheaton was there the whole way . and now they will be at Just Drums for one day only. There won't be another chance this to get up close to the kit, and get the inside scoop from the guy who makes it all work, Neil's right hand man Lorne Wheaton.

Get your picture taken with Neil's kit, chat with Lorne, and learn how this Hybrid Kit all works. Join Roland Canada V-Drums Specialist Darren Schoepp at 1pm and 3pm for an Interactive Presentation that includes the history of Neil Peart and V-Drums, a detailed look at the technology of the Time Machine Kit, and a Q&A session with Darren and Lorne. Come see an exclusive custom TD-30KV Steam Punk themed V-Drums kit honoring Neil, and check out many other custom V-Drums finishes.

Additional Experience: hands-on Hybrid kit demo stations, V-Drums test drive zone, one day V-Drums Contest, V-Drums Specialists demonstrations, and in-store specials are all happening from noon - 4pm.

Enter to win a signed copy of Neil Peart's new book FAR AND NEAR: On Days Like These, plus many door prizes!

This will most likely be the last time you can see this kit for a while, as it's being officially retired after the event:

Having seen Lorne present the S.S. Professor kit many years ago in Los Angeles, I can say that seeing something like this is extremely rare and well worth any effort. (I flew from Seattle to Los Angeles just to see it.)

Also, please let me know if you have photos or videos to share after this event.

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Neil Peart on The Strombo Show - Sunday, 11/9 - 8 p.m. EST

Neil Peart will be joining George Stroumboulopoulos on The Strombo Show tonight, Sunday, 11/9/14, starting at 8:00 p.m.  EST.


From the The Strombo Show site:

"One likes to believe in the freedom of music..."

The Strombo Show will run the gamut this Sunday night, keeping the spirit of radio alive by delivering the best records in the best order.

It's a show for music lovers by music lovers.

We'll be ranging over three hours of commercial-free music to honour both old and new. George Stroumboulopoulos will be joined by Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist of the legendary band Rush, for a rare and intimate conversation from George's home.

Aside from being one third of the holy trinity, Peart is a celebrated author, and he recently released his seventh title: Far And Near: On Days Like These. With George, they'll explore his open road journeys and reflect on forty years of Rush.

We'll be joined by a few friends throughout the program to share stories and request songs and, as always, we'll be tipping our hats to those ground-breakers and game-changers with a Nod to the Gods, spinning the best new tracks, paying tribute to Tom Waits on Ten with Tom and we'll send you into the collective horizontal with the Big Lie Down.

For further musical exploration with George Stroumboulopoulos, tune in to The Strombo Show every Sunday night on CBC Radio 2 or CBC Music from 8 to 11 p.m. for three hours of uninterrupted music for music lovers.?? ??


Peart also joined Stroumboulopoulos on The Hour in 2011 as well.

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