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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Neil Peart featured in second issue of iDrum magazine

In the second issue of iDrum online magazine, Neil Peart is featured in an interview, conducted by drummer Jamie Borden:

Go to page 48 of issue 2 here.


Go to issue 1.

Visit iDrum on Facebook.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Photo of the night: Concord, CA - June 26, 2011

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Photo of the night: Las Vegas, NV - June 24, 2011

Really cool lighting on this one:


Photo by John Arrowsmith

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Photo of the night: Los Angeles 2 - June 22, 2011

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Photo of the night: Los Angeles 1 - June 20, 2011

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Full Strombo interview now online

You can watch Neil's full interview with George Stroumboulopoulos here.

Thanks to Rushisaband for the head's up!

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Photo of the night: San Diego - June 18, 2011

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Neil Peart on "Strombo" tonight - June 17, 2011 - CBC Television

There's a preview video available:

From the Strombo site:

The drummer and lyricist for Rush on how his relationship with drumming has changed over the years - and the evolution of his monster drum solo. 'I get lost in it ... and I do challenge myself,' he says of his largely improvised solo. 'There are no consequences. There's no mistake. If I do something weird, play it twice and it's a new part.'

Highlights Include:

Being Inspired By Other Drummers
'Eric Clapton said he wanted to burn his guitar after hearing Jimi Hendrix. I never understood that. If I hear somebody great it makes me want to go home and play. Not out of frustration, but out of joy.'

On His Drum Solo
'I compose a solo and then perform the variations within it as a piece of music for the audience. At this point, the first half of my solo is completely improvised from the first beat through changes that I've become familiar with in the process of a night's discovery.'

For full-length interviews and behind-the-scenes content from George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, visit

Strombo | Upcoming Guests - Week of June 13, 2011 | CBC Television

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Photos of the night: Phoenix, AZ - June 16, 2011

I was at this show and was amazed at the intensity and energy of the band.

Looks like Neil's having a good time, too:


I also don't think I saw Neil miss a stick all night:


Photos by John Arrowsmith

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Photo of the night: El Paso, TX - June 14, 2011

Here's a good one of a young fan in the crowd:


And one of Neil:


Photos by John Arrowsmith

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Photo of the night: Austin, TX - June 12, 2011

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Photo of the night: New Orleans, LA - June 10, 2011

Neil is wearing in-ear monitors again, instead of the headphones (he also did in Greenville, SC):


Photo by John Arrowsmith

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Thursday, June 09, 2011

Video: Neil Peart on Letterman

Update: 6/10/11 - 8:00 p.m. - Adding HD version of video and screenshot from opening of show.

Update 6/10/11: Here's the full David Letterman episode.


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Photo of the night: Greenville, SC - June 8, 2011

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Neil Peart on David Letterman tonight

Tune in to see Neil Peart on David Letterman tonight, Thursday, June 9, at 11:30 p.m.

David Letterman's website


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Video excerpt of Ari Gold's interview with Neil Peart now online

An excerpt of Ari Gold's interview with Neil Peart is now available on YouTube.

Watch the video here.

The full interview, which was recorded at Drum Channel, eventually ended up as an Extra on the Adventures of Power US DVD release.

If you haven't seen Adventures of Power yet, check it out! Not only is it a great movie, but it has a nice Neil Peart cameo.

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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

New News Update - June, 2011

Neil has updated his website with stories from the European leg of the "Time Machine" tour. You can read it here:

Singletrack Minds in the Sceptered Isle

Photo from Neil Peart of the London O2 arena

Excerpt (about the photo):

In a previous story, "The Power of Magical Thinking," I concluded with a photograph of the audience I had taken from the stage in Santiago, Chile -- the first time in my life I had ever done that, and a memorable occasion to capture that way.

I decided to do the same in London, as another memorable occasion, for all of the reasons outlined above. On my way back up the steps and across the stage to the drums for the encore, I had Lorne hand me my camera, and while Alex and Geddy were tossing out T-shirts to the crowd, I snapped this photograph.

Like the photo of the Santiago audience, this one tells many stories. First of all, it's of me and my bandmates headlining in front of 13,517 people in London, England -- exactly forty years since I arrived there as an ambitious teenager.

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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Interview: Rush's Neil Peart talks drum solos - caught up with Neil Peart to talk about this David Letterman solo, as well as drum solos in general.

Here's an excerpt:

Just back from a morning rehearsal, Peart admits that when he was approached to be part of Drum Solos Week, his initial reaction was, "I don't know�it's not really my thing. But then I thought, Hey, a drum solo on TV - sounds great! I'd be very honored to be the ambassador to drum solos."

Interview: Rush's Neil Peart talks drum solos |

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Monday, June 06, 2011

Neil Peart taping solo today for David Letterman

According to tweets from both Brutus, Neil Peart's friend and riding partner, and Lorne Wheaton, Neil's drum tech, Neil is taping the drum solo today (Monday) to be broadcast on David Letterman's Thursday, June 9 show.

I've also heard there are two shows being taped today, and that Neil's is the second. (I don't have any official word on this.)

If you attend the show, let us know what you thought.

Thanks to Rushisaband and PowerWindows for the head's up!

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Friday, June 03, 2011

Lorne Wheaton video tour of "Time Machine" kit

At the London O2 Rush show, Rhythm Magazine got a tour of the "Time Machine" kit from drum tech, Lorne Wheaton. You can watch the video here:

Here's the info from Rhythm Magazine:

On May 25, 2011, Rhythm ventured to London to interview The Professor, Rush's Neil Peart, for a forthcoming issue of the magazine.
In addition to the interview we also headed to the stage of the O2 Arena for an exclusive tour of Neil's phenomenal Time Machine kit with his long-time tech Lorne Wheaton. Join us on stage for a AAA look at one of the greatest drum set-ups on the planet!
Our thanks to Lorne for the tour and to Chris from Sabian for helping us set this up.

Thanks to for the head's up!

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Strombo - Neil Peart On "Moving Pictures": Track-By-Track

A 15-minute video of Neil Peart's appearance on Strombo, recorded earlier this year, is now available on the web:

Strombo | Neil Peart On 'Moving Pictures': Track-By-Track | CBC Television


Thanks to Power Windows for the head's up!

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Thursday, June 02, 2011

More details about Neil Peart's David Letterman appearance

TVLine reports that Neil Peart will be the last drummer in a week full of drum solos on David Letterman:

Band geeks unite: Late Show with David Letterman is kicking off its first ever "Drum Solo Week."

The late-night staple is dedicating a week's worth of episodes to performances by some of the music industry's top percussionists, starting with a standout solo on Monday, June 6 from the Late Show's very own Anton Fig, the drummer in Paul Shaffer's band.

The following night, Letterman welcomes Sheila E. and her world renowned skill with the sticks.

On Wednesday, June 8, drum legend Roy Haynes takes the stage, boasting a career filled with Miles Davis and Sarah Vaughn collaborations (to name a few). And rounding out the week is a performance by Rush's Neil Peart, a drummer who is often regarded as one of rock music's greatest.


The Late Show's "Drum Solo Week" debuts Monday, June 6 at 11:35/10:35c on CBS.

Still no word about whether Neil will be live on the show or pre-taped.

Thanks to and Rushisaband for the head's up.

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