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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Neil Peart's handlebar mustache returns! (AFD)

Update 4/1/15 - 5:30 PM PDT

As most of you have figured out, this was an April Fool's Day story. Thanks, everyone, for playing along - and apologies for creating any confusion or false hope for the return of the 'stache!

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The incredible news continues. First, Neil Peart found his motorcycle luggage after 11 years. And now, according to this interview, it appears his trademark handlebar mustache is also making a comeback for the R40 tour--after 37 years!

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This is a must read: "Fighting the Good Fight: An Iconic Moustache Returns to the Stage"

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Neil Peart update: March 2015 - "Miracle in Colorado"

Neil Peart posted a March update to his website entitled "Miracle in Colorado."

This installment follows the 11-year odyssey of finding a lost motorcycle luggage case and its contents. (The incident was originally reported in Peart's book, Roadshow: Landscape With Drums, A Concert Tour by Motorcycle.)

Kevin J. Anderson, who's also featured in this story, tweeted this summary:

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Above: Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart in Colorado, June 2004. Photo by Rebecca Moesta

Here's an excerpt:

Then I began to add up the irreplaceable items, like my shaving kit and medicines, my phone and address book, a copy of Traveling Music with all of my proofreading notes in it, the little Zeiss birdwatching binoculars Jackie had bought for our East African safari in 1987, and--worst of all--the Patek Philippe watch Carrie had bought me for my fiftieth birthday and the Cartier engagement ring she'd given me in 2000. I didn't wear them when I was riding or drumming, but I liked to have them with me, in what ought to have been a safely locked case.

Where was it?

One corner of my mind knew this wasn't the worst that could happen--my imagination always allowed for the possibility of extreme, fatal disasters. But at the same time, having barely survived some tragedies that weren't imaginary had left me permanently fragile. I lived and functioned inside a thin armor of "adaptation" that was easily pierced, and I was feeling bad about this lost case, near tears. I stopped at the side of the road, lit a cigarette with shaking hands, and tried to think what to do.

Definitely worth reading!

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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:

HOW TO PURCHASE NEIL'S SIGANATURE SHOE!

The first 150 pairs will be sold through URBANNBOARDS facebook fan page ( facebook.com/ubshoes)
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.

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I'm waiting to get information from UrbannBoards about how to order these shoes (you can contact them directly at ubshoes@gmail.com). 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.

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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 Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.

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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".

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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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