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Monday, May 30, 2011

Photos of the night: Frankfurt, Germany - May 29, 2011

Three photos from the last show in Europe.

Note: Neil's wearing in-ear monitors instead of headphones (only the second show on this tour that he's done this).




Photos by John Arrowsmith

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Jeff Woods' interview with Neil Peart now online

Jeff Woods has posted his 26-minute audio interview with Neil Peart. This was recorded on April 19, 2011, before the Hamilton, Ontario, show.

Jeff Woods sits down with Neil Peart by ExploreMusic


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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Photos of the night: Rotterdam, Netherlands - May 27, 2011

Update 5/30/11 - 6:43 p.m.

Confirmed that Neil broke a drum head in "The Camera Eye."


Update 5/30/11

Reader Ken Harvey noticed in the second picture that Neil's kit appears to be missing a rack tom. I'm asking to see what happened.


Outside the Ahoy...


... and inside.


Photos by John Arrowsmith

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Neil Peart scheduled to appear on David Letterman - June 9

Neil Peart is scheduled to appear on David Letterman on Thursday, June 9, as part of "Drum Solo Week." This was discovered in the latest Entertainment Weekly (via


No official word from the Rush camp about this, or whether it will be a live or pre-taped "solo." I'd be really surprised if this were live, given that Rush likes to put all their energy into their tour when they're on the road. But they do have a day off, and Neil has been surprising us these days with appearances on the Colbert Report, I Love You, Man, and Adventures of Power.

More information as I get it.

Thanks to Ed at Rushisaband for the head's up and for the scan of EW!

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Photos of the night: London, England - May 25, 2011

Looks like a great crowd at the O2 in London.



Nice one of Neil and London Tower Bridge.


Photos by John Arrowsmith

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"Countdown" wakes up Space Shuttle crew on May 25

You can now watch a video of the wake-up call, featuring "Countdown."

Astronaut Mission Specialist Mike Fincke talks about the song's meaning for him and the space program.

Thanks to for the head's up!


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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Photo of the night: Birmingham, England - May 22, 2011

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Update: "Countdown" to be beamed to Shuttle on May 25

Update: 5/24/11 - 8:17 p.m.

"Countdown" wasn't played for the wakeup call today. I heard from Chromey owner, Dean Bobisud:

I just received word that the playing of this song has been postponed 1 day due to that fact that Mike is preparing for a spacewalk today and he will not be available to listen to or respond to the song.

The new time for the flight day 11 wake up song is:

Wednesday 5/25/11 at 6:54pm CDT.

The flight day 11 highlights will be replayed periodically throughout the afternoon on the following day and will include the wake up song at the beginning. 


The Rush song "Countdown" will be beamed to the Space Shuttle on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.

A one-minute edited clip of the song from the 1982 Rush album Signals will be transmitted into space to wake up the Space Shuttle crew and start flight day 10. It will be played for Mission Specialist Mike Fincke.

The song was cropped and spliced to include some of the best parts and lyrics and to fit it into the required one-minute timeframe. Written about STS-1, the song is a tribute to the entire Space Shuttle program.

It will be played at approximately 7:00pm CDT on Tuesday 5/24/11. You can watch it live on NASA TV at If you don't catch it live, you should be able to watch the wakeup call as part of the Flight Day 10 highlights, around noon the following day (5/25/11).



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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Photos of the night: Newcastle, England - May 21, 2011

Two from the Newcastle show.

First, a nice one of all three (with Alex laughing, of course):


Next, a great shot of "Starman" looming behind Neil. (Love how "Starman" is also part of the drum riser)


Photos by John Arrowsmith

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Photo of the night: Manchester, England - May 19, 2011

Another goofy one of Neil:


Photo by John Arrowsmith

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Photo of the night: Sheffield, England - May 16, 2011

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Photos of the night: Glasgow, Scotland - May 14, 2011

It's always nice to see Geddy in mid-air next to Neil!


Also, here's a good one of Neil goofing around behind the kit:


Photos by John Arrowsmith

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Photos of the night: Dublin, Ireland - May 12, 2011

I couldn't pick just one from the Dublin show.



Photos by John Arrowsmith

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Win a meet and greet with Lorne Wheaton - London, May 25

One lucky winner and his friend will win the following to take place on May 25, 2011, in London's O2 arena:

Enter here

Enter this exclusive competition and you, along with a friend, will be in with a chance to meet Neil’s right-hand man, drum tech Lorne Wheaton who will take you onstage for a guided tour of Neil’s phenomenal drum set-up. The kit tour will take place at London’s O2 Arena on Wednesday 25th May, and the prize also includes two pairs of tickets to watch the band perform that evening.

To be in with a chance of winning we want to know how much of a Peart fan you really are. Using the box below, in no more than 25 words, explain why you are the world’s biggest Neil Peart superfan and deserve this all-access pass to check out Neil’s kit. The more creative you are the better! Closing date for entries is 9am on Friday 20th May.

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Photo of the night: Malmo, Sweden - May 8, 2011

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Sunday, May 08, 2011

Photo of the night: Stockholm, Sweden - May 6, 2011

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Saturday, May 07, 2011

Photo of the night: Helsinki, Finland - May 4, 2011

Rush moved their Time Machine tour over to Europe this week. Here's a photo of Neil smiling at the show in Helsinki, Finland.


Photo by John Arrowsmith.

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