Neil Peart -- The Latest News

Sunday, June 28, 2009

New NEP News Update: Neil's going to be a papa!

Neil has posted an update to his website called "Under the Marine Layer - June 2009." About two-thirds into the update, Neil drops a big surprise:

At the same time, under that same marine layer, my wife Carrie was seven months pregnant. [Pause for sharp intake of breath and shiver of apprehension.] Our baby was growing and kicking, protected and insulated in its own oceanic fluid, its own marine layer. The anxious (not to say terrified) father kind of wished the baby could stay there, safe from harm, and not have to embark upon a life of menace and potential tragedy. He had lost before, and probably couldn't stand to lose again. People kept saying it was going to be all right, and he tried to keep telling himself that. Even in the June Gloom.

When I first read that passage, I had to go back and read it again. Did Neil really just write that he was going to be a father?

Congratulations to Carrie and Neil!

Labels: , ,

posted by AndyO @ 2:00 AM   0 comments

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Bubba's Bar 'n' Grill - Opening Soon on

Update: 7/1/09: A new "press release" of sorts is now available about this section on Neil's site.


A new banner ad has appeared on Bubba's Bar 'n' Grill: Good Simple Food.

In the Official Announcement Concerning the Illustrated Roadshow Companion, Neil wrote about a possible new department called "Chef Ellwood's Kitchen":

imageCooking, for example, might become a new department on the Web site called "Chef Ellwood's Kitchen." Or sports cars -- I have written a fair amount about motorcycles and motorcycling, but relatively little about cars, though four-wheelers have fascinated me since boyhood, and absorbed much time and interest in my life. Over the past year I have been forging a sometimes rocky relationship with a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, and it has engendered plenty of stories -- at least for people interested in that sort of thing. Perhaps I'll open a new department called "Bubba's Garage."

Labels: ,

posted by AndyO @ 10:34 PM   0 comments

Thursday, June 18, 2009

New Neil Peart drum jam, master class, and chat

It's a great week for Neil Peart fans! On, you can watch the following:

1. Neil Peart Drum Jam - Part 1 - With Neil Peart, Terry Bozzio, and Joey Heredia (Free)


During a warm-up session with Neil Peart, Terry Bozzio, and Joey Heredia, the Drum Channel crew was so impressed, we started rolling the cameras and managed to capture this amazing musical performance.

We call this "Part 1" of the Neil Peart Drum Jam. The full length jam can be found as a "Bonus Lesson" in Neil's Master Class titled Frontiers of Composition and Articulation - available on DC later this week.

2. Live video webcast with Neil Peart, Terry Bozzio, and Doane Perry

On 6/18, at 6pm PST we have a live video webcast with...
- DOANE PERRY (Jethro Tull)
- TERRY BOZZIO (Frank Zappa, Missing Persons)
They'll be talking about progressive rock drumming and answering your questions in chat. This is gonna be huge, you won't want to miss this.

3. Neil Peart Master Class on - Now Available - $14.95

I just bought this but haven't watched it yet. I'll write up a review when I get a chance.

Here are the details:


Neil Peart's Master Class is a series of lessons that will give you creative concepts and applications to expand your musical vocabulary as he shares what he has learned in the areas of composition and articulation.

LAST UPDATED: 6/17/2009
TEACHER/S: Neil Peart
PRICE: $14.95

Lesson 1 Lesson 2 Lesson 3 Lesson 4 Lesson 5 Lesson 6 Lesson 7 Lesson 8 Lesson 9 Bonus Lesson

Workbook : Neil Peart Master Class Workbook

Labels: ,

posted by AndyO @ 12:31 AM   0 comments

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Current and upcoming Neil Peart releases

Even though Rush is on hiatus, there are quite a few current and future releases for Neil. I've created a page to track all these: Upcoming Neil Peart Releases.

In case you haven't seen all of these yet, here's the list:

May 18, 2009 - June 2009 DRUM! Magazine Cover

DRUM! Magazine readers interview Neil Peart. On newsstands now.

Read more about this.

May 28, 2009 - Buddy Rich Memorial Concert - 2008

Order from Drum Channel

Featuring Neil Peart, Chad Smith, Tommy Igoe, John Blackwell, Terry Bozzio with Efrain Toro, Nick Rich, Peter Erskine, Will Lee, and Jeff Berlin. These artists pay tribute to Buddy Rich, one of the greatest drummers of all time. With an all-star big band, they play not only Buddy classics but also their own hits. Over two hours of concert footage, plus almost two hours of rehearsal and backstage footage memorialize this historic drumming event.
Special Features:
* Interview with Cathy Rich
* Rehearsal Footage
* Pre-show & Backstage
* Contest winner Donnie Marple
DVD produced by Neil Peart and Don Lombardi
Published By: Drum Channel
Total Content: 286 min

June 18, 2009 - Drum Channel LIVE with Neil Peart, Doane Perry, and Terry Bozzio

Mark your calendars for June 18th at 6pm PST

Neil Peart (Rush) will be joined by special guests Doane Perry (Jethro Tull) and Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa) to answer your questions and talk about progressive rock drumming. There may even be some trivia questions with prizes, so be sure to catch the live feed!
You can ask your questions live in our chat room during the event, or email them in advance to info

Find out more here.

August 11, 2009 - I Love You, Man [Blu-ray]

Summer 2009 (expected): Vertical Horizon - "Burning the Days"

Neil Peart is a guest drummer and lyricist on this album.

"All Is Said and Done"

  1. "The Lucky One"
  2. "The Middle Ground"
  3. "I Believe in You"
  4. "Save Me From Myself"
  5. "Carrying On"
  6. "Back to You"
  7. "Can You Help Me"
  8. "Afterglow"
  9. "Here"
  10. "Welcome to the Bottom"
  11. "Even Now"

Read more here.

Unknown: Ultimate Drum Play-Along Drum Transcription (Coming Soon)

The June 2009 edition of DRUM! magazine has an advertisement for this product. More details when I get them. The product ID is listed as 00-31869.


There are also a few items that I missed from 2008

Dimensions Behind the Twilight Zone: A Backstage Tribute to Television's Groundbreaking Series- Released in 2007

Neil Peart wrote an essay for this book called Magic Realism Comes to the Suburbs. You can read a sample here.

2112 Drum Transcriptions


Moving Pictures Drum Transcriptions

Labels: , , , , ,

posted by AndyO @ 11:17 PM   0 comments