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Friday, October 30, 2009

Ari Gold interviews Neil Peart on Drum Channel

There's a new video on of Ari Gold (from the film Adventures of Power) interviewing Neil Peart.


Update: 7/18/10 - This video is no longer available on Drum Channel.

Click to watch the video on Drum Channel

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Win "The Masked Rider" signed by Neil Peart

The Rush Backstage Club has a new contest this week. You can win a signed, hardcover copy of "The Masked Rider."

Enter contest here.

This contest closes on November 12, 2009.

Good luck!


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Producer Paul Northfield talks about recording Neil Peart's drums

Paul Northfield has worked with Rush as a recording engineer, mixer, and producer on many albums, including Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures, Exit Stage Left, Signals, Grace Under Pressure, A Show of Hands, Different Stages, and Vapor Trails. has a fascinating (if somewhat technical) interview with Paul about recording Rush and in particular Neil Peart's drums. Also discussed is Paul's recording of Dream Theater and Porcupine Tree.

Read the article here.


"It's hard to believe that, when you listen to Moving Pictures and Permanent Waves, that there's very rarely two songs that have the same mics on the drum kit. I mean, the tom mics might have stayed the same for most of the time, but the kick drum mic would be changed all the time, and yet you wouldn't necessarily know, because you always end up kind of re-EQing and fiddling. Which kind of gives you an idea that the thing that gives things consistency, with recording drums, has more to do with the nature of the room and the player, and the way his kit is tuned."

Thanks to Rushisaband for the head's up!

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Matt Scannell talks about Neil Peart

Neil Peart plays on three songs on the new Vertical Horizon CD, Burning the Days. Here's an article about the new CD, as well reflections on his early days as a Rush fan.

Music links friends and heroes 

Via Counterparts message board (mystress aynn)



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Neil Peart's first Slingerland kit update

As reported back in August, Neil Peart's first Slingerland kit sold on eBay for $25,100.00. At that time, Michael D.F. Lowe of, who knows the new owner, hinted at plans to display the kit where people might even be able to play kit!

Well, Michael has just released details, which you can read about at


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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Neil Peart remembers Blue Cheer's Dickie Peterson

Neil Peart remembers how Blue Cheer influenced him as a 16-year-old. Blue Cheer's Dickie Peterson died on October 12, 2009.

Louder Than God: Rush's Neil Peart Remembers Blue Cheer's Dickie Peterson


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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bubba's Bar 'n' Grill Updates

There are a few changes to the Bubba's Bar 'n' Grill section of that are worth noting:

  • Brutus (Neil's friend and long-time riding partner) is now the manager of Bubba's Bar 'n' Grill, and will also be helping with other website duties. Read more about Brutus' management philosophy here. Neil writes about Brutus taking over as manager, "It just seemed right. Brutus is enthusiastic about most everything, and is organized and unflappable. He loves people, and they love him. He's a great cook in his own right and I've got to admit I'm awfully fond of his martinis."
  • You can now buy official Bubba's Bar 'n' Grill merchandise.
  • You can register for Neil Peart website updates (click through this link).
  • If you haven't been to Bubba's Bar 'n' Grill in a while, there are lots of new recipes and stories about how Neil got those recipes.


I've also added links to all of the recipes under the Explore this site menu on the home page of my site:


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Monday, October 12, 2009

Adventures of Power Los Angeles release party on 10/13

If you live in the Los Angeles area, consider attending the Adventures of Power Los Angeles release party.


When: Tuesday, October 13, 8 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Where: El Cid, 4212 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

What to bring: It's free, but bring $10 for kids' music education

Click the image below for information: 



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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Power vs. Peart video

Update: The video was removed from YouTube. It's now available in the video section of

The video of Power (Ari Gold) and Neil Peart is now on YouTube:

Thanks to Rushisaband for the head's up!

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Adventures of Power now in NYC

Adventures of Power opened in AMC Loews Village 7 on 10/9, and will continue to open in theaters throughout October and November.

Adventures of Power is about a man on a quest to become the greatest air drummer in the world, and features a cameo by Neil Peart.

See the official website for other theaters and dates.

Watch the trailer here.


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See Neil Peart's Snakes & Arrows kit

Guitar Center will be displaying Neil Peart's Snakes & Arrows tour kit at the Percussion Arts Society show in Indianapolis, IN. The show runs from 11/11 - 11/14, and the kit will be displayed in Booth #620. Go to for more details about the show.

Here's the Guitar Center flyer:


If you go to the show and take pictures, please send them to me and I'll post them for you.

Thanks to Rushisband for the head's up and the flyer image.

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Neil Peart's favorite top 10 Atlantic Canada books

Stephen Clare and Trevor Adams of Halifax Magazine are holding a web poll to find the top 100 Atlantic Canadian books ever written. The results will be published in Spindrift: The 100 Greatest Atlantic Canadian Books Ever Written.

As they write on their website:

By way of methodology, we are polling over 1,500 writers, readers and literary people of all sorts across the country to submit their "Top 10" list of fiction/non-fiction works from the East Coast.

According to, one of the writers polled was Neil Peart, who weighs in with his top 10:

Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan

The Colony of Unrequited Dreams: A Novel by Wayne Johnston

The Custodian of Paradise: A Novel by Wayne Johnston

Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie Macdonald

The Way the Crow Flies: A Novel by Ann-Marie Macdonald

The Republic of Nothing by Lesley Choyce

An Avalanche of Ocean: The Life and Times of a Nova Scotia Immigrant by Lesley Choyce

Shipping News: A Novel by E. Annie Proulx

Architects Are Here by Michael Winter

The Wreckage by Michael Crummey

Thanks to Kjmastaw for the head's up.

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Friday, October 02, 2009

Power and Peart

This was posted a week or so ago, but here's a picture of Power (Ari Gold) and Neil Peart after filming a video together at Drum Channel headquarters. Neil Peart has a cameo in the movie Adventures of Power.


Here's what Ari wrote about Neil on his blog:

September 24, 2009

There are few people I've met in my life that are as generous and soulful as drummer, lyricist, writer, and proud new father Neil Peart. Last week I was on tour with my band in Los Angeles, and Neil took five hours out of his schedule to drive up to Drum Channel in Oxnard and shoot an interview with me about the power of music to change lives. "Adventures of Power" is running a charity to support music education and Neil's a part of it. Afterwards I got in costume as Power and we shot an air-drums-versus-drums video. Drum Channel is editing it all right now and it'll be ready soon!

If you're looking for lessons on how to live a good life, how to ride the ups and downs, pick up his book "Roadshow".

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