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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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Monday, October 06, 2014

Neil Peart update: October 2014 - "Science Island"

Once again, Neil Peart has updated the "News, Weather & Sports" section of his website: October 2014: "Science Island."

This installment focuses on Neil's summertime visit to the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec, including a return to the abandoned Le Studio building for an interview with Banger Films (working on a new documentary about Geddy Lee!). Le Studio is where Rush recorded many of their albums, including: Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures, Signals, Exit... Stage Left, Grace Under Pressure, Presto, Roll the Bones, and Counterparts

Neil describes the experience of revisiting Le Studio:

"At the moment of arriving, and even on the way there, I felt some emotions bubbling up, but I kind of pushed them down for the moment--unsure exactly what I was feeling, or would feel. Later I realized that the experience was really just too much to process all at once--because no other place on Earth had been more important in my life. So that's big."


Neil Peart and his Z-8 in front of Le Studio. (Photo by Martin Hawkes)


Neil Peart peering into Le Studio, where his drums were once set up. (Photo by Martin Hawkes)

Thanks to PowerWindows for the head's up!


10/6/14 - 9:45 p.m.

  • Added all Rush albums recorded or mixed at Le Studio.
  • Added quote from Neil about Le Studio.

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Sunday, October 05, 2014

Bid on rare Rush artifacts and memorabilia in Grapes for Humanity auction

As part of a Grapes for Humanity charity auction, Rush has donated many rare autographed items.  I've included photos and links to all items available (as of October 5).

For Neil Peart collectors, there are several items up for bid, including a DW "Hockey Song" snare and Remo drumhead and sticks used during the Time Machine tour. Good luck bidding!


1. Signed Geddy Lee Stage Worn Sneakers Used on Rush R30 + Time Machine Tours


2. Rush Signed Feedback 8x10 Promo Photo by Andrew MacNaughtan


3. Rush Signed Brown Sunburst Ovation Parlor Acoustic USED Geddy Lee Home Studio


4. Rare Rush Signed Moving Pictures Live Test Pressing 200 gram vinyl; 1 of 4 made


5. Rush Signed Different Stages 8x10 Promo Photo shot, Black and White

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6. Rush Signed Tour/Studio USED Oberheim DSX Sequencer Custom - Vital Signs Sticker


Check out the "Vital Signs" sticker!


7. Neil Peart Rush Signed DW Snare Drum with NHL Logos Rare Limited Edition, 1 of 6


8. Rush Neil Peart Signed Drumhead + Used Neil Peart Signature Sticks Time Machine


9. Rare Rush ReDISCovered (1974) Signed Vinyl Test Pressing 200 g vinyl LP; 1 of 4


10. Rush Roll the Bones Backdrop/Equipment Cover - Used on 1991 Roll the Bones Tour


11. Rush Signed Rush in Rio 8x10 promo photo by Andrew MacNaughtan


12. Rush Signed Alex Lifeson Signature Gibson Les Paul Axcess - Signed by Rush


13. Vintage Rush Signed Grace Under Pressure 8x10 Promo Photo by Yousuf Karsh


14. Rush Signed Limited Edition Fender Geddy Lee Replica Jazz Bass Custom Shop Relic


15. Vintage Rush Signed Hold Your Fire 8x10 Promo Photo by Glen Wexler


16. Rush Vintage Silver Rush Road Case USED on many Rush tours (w/ Signed Letter)


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Saturday, October 04, 2014

Moving Pictures voted most influential Prog album

Rhythm and Music Radar readers have chosen Rush's Moving Pictures as the most influential Prog album of all time.

Their story provides an excellent analysis about why Moving Pictures is such an important album and drum performance (for Prog or any other genre). Here's an excerpt:

Your winners by a country mile, Neil Peart and Rush are the prog heavyweight champions as chosen by Rhythm and MusicRadar readers.

After their progressive proclivities reached a zenith on the albums A Farewell To Kings and Hemispheres, Rush showed signs of moving away from epic compositions towards more radio-friendly rock on 1980's Permanent Waves.

But it was on Moving Pictures that their new direction reached fruition as Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart proved they could write radio-friendly hits that were still musically rich and satisfyingly complex. The group recorded the album at Le Studio, Morin Heights, Quebec with Terry Brown who had been Rush's producer since their second album Fly By Night in 1975.

Characteristically, Peart came to the recording sessions with every groove, fill and flam meticulously planned out and rehearsed. Seeking to try to capture the sound of the drums the way Peart heard them as he was playing, engineer Paul Northfield experimented with taping a PZM microphone to Peart's chest to capture the sound from the drummer's perspective.

The album became Rush's most successful, reaching Number 3 in both the US and UK charts. It opens with a track that remains a live standard to this day - 'Tom Sawyer'. As catchy as the song is, the drumming is enormously detailed.

 Read the rest of the story here.

Also topping the list of 30 albums were:

Systematic Chaos (2007) - Band: Dream Theater; Drummer: Mike Portnoy

AEnima (1996)- Band: Tool; Drummer: Danny Carey

The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974) - Band: Genesis; Drummer: Phil Collins

Fear of a Blank Planet (2007) - Band: Porcupine Tree; Drummer: Gavin Harrison

Fragile (1972) - Band: Yes; Drummer: Bill Bruford

The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) - Band: Pink Floyd; Drummer: Nick Mason

In the Court of the Crimson King (1969) - Band: King Crimson; Drummer: Michael Giles


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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Neil Peart Timeline: The Early Years - 1952 - 1974

To celebrate Rush's 40th anniversary, I've put together an extensive timeline of Neil Peart's early years, covering 1952 - 1974.


There are three sections to the timeline:

I: Childhood: 1952 - 1964 - Before drums

II: Early teenage years: 1965 - 1968 - Becoming a drummer

III: Early adult years: 1969 - 1974: Becoming a professional musician

In addition, I wrote two short essays about the history of rock and roll and the technology that made it possible:

A brief history of rock and roll

Rock and roll machinery

Let me know if you have any comments or feedback, and thanks for reading!

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