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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Video: Neil Peart discusses Taking Center Stage

In a new Hudson Music video, Neil discusses the making of Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance.

For more information about this DVD, go to the Taking Center Stage home page.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Neil Peart talks about the inspiration behind Taking Center Stage: Rhythm Magazine

Neil Peart wrote an article that's in the new issue of Rhythm magazine (on sale October 25). You can read it here (not sure if this is an excerpt or the entire article):

Neil Peart talks the inspiration behind Taking Center Stage | Rhythm |

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Upcoming Chromey showings in Wisconsin and Illinois

Chromey, the chrome Slingerland kit once owned by Neil Peart, will be on display at two upcoming events:

Wednesday, October 26th, 5:00pm-11:00pm

RUSH: Time Machine 2011 Theatrical Premiere

Marcus Majestic Theatre, Brookfield

770 N Springdale Rd, Brookfield, Wisconsin (just west of Milwaukee)




  • Drum kit display open from 5pm-11pm
  • Showtime: 7pm

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

RUSH: Time Machine 2011 Theatrical Premiere

Goodrich Randall 15

550 North Randall Road, Batavia, Illinois, 60510




  • Drum kit display open from 5pm-11pm
  • Showtime: 7pm


Come see the original Rush drum kit that legendary drummer Neil Peart played on the first five tours (1974-1977) and recorded on the the classic albums, Fly By Night, Caress of Steel, 2112, and All The World's A Stage.

Come see this incredible piece of rock history up close and have your photograph taken behind the kit for a donation to benefit the American Cancer Society !!


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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Neil Peart featured in Sabian's Players Choice

Neil Peart is one of nine drummers featured in Sabian's Players Choice. You can see videos of Neil and other drummers playing 12 new cymbals, and then vote on which cymbals you like. Based on voting, Sabian will introduce four of these cymbals to the Sabian line.


Neil's videos:

14" click hats

21" HHX Groove Control Ride

Players Choice | You listen, You vote, You decide! | SABIAN Cymbals

Other featured drummers include:

Dave Weckl

Terry Bozzio

Mike Portnoy

Stefanie Eulinberg

Ray Luzier

Zigaboo Modeliste

Dave Elitch

Tony Braunagel

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Neil Peart interviewed in Modern Drummer December 2011 issue

Neil will be featured in the MD December 2011 issue.


MD December 2011 Information

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Freddie Gruber obituary written by Neil Peart

Neil Peart has written an obituary for Freddie Gruber, posted on Hudson Music's website.

In Memoriam: Freddie Gruber by Neil Peart


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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Drummer Freddie Gruber dies at age 84

Update 10/13/11: There are two new articles:


I was saddened to hear of Freddie Gruber's passing yesterday at the age of 84. He will be missed.

Gruber became known to Rush fans in the 1990s after Neil took off time to study with him. Gruber was instrumental in helping Neil change his feel and technique, culminating in the release of Rush's 1996 release Test for Echo.

In his instructional video A Work in Progress, Peart discussed many of Gruber's "dictums" and lessons. Gruber would join Neil in later videos, including the Drum Channel Master Class "Frontiers of Composition and Articulation."

Freddie Gruber and Neil Peart

In the 1995 Modern Drummer article, "Starting Over," Neil recounted his journey with Freddie  Here's an excerpt:

A lesson with Freddie Grubber is not about notes beats, or "chops." It's about the fingers, the wrists, the ankles, the feet - about the way the body moves naturally. In the same way, there is no Freddie Grubber "method" - he changes his approach to suit each individual, adapting his knowledge and experience to help accentuate your strengths and correct the weaknesses. Freddie's only goal, in his own words, is "to make the best possible you."

John Riley described Freddie to me as a "conceptual teacher," but that seems too dry for a character like Freddie, or for the roller coaster ride of studying with him. Whenever Freddie got excited about what he was trying to impart, he became a ball of pure energy - intensely earnest and physically animated - and my own energy level had to keep up with his. It wasn't easy.

To demonstrate the point he was making, Freddie did a little music hall dance for me, and I realized what he was showing me: It isn't about the steps, for most of the "dance" takes place in the air. He gave other examples: a piano player's fingering!, a cellist's bowing motion, a boxer' s stance. And - he took a deep breath - "playing the drums."

And then I saw it clearly for the first time - when we strike a drum with a stick or pedal-beater, the result is a note being sounded. But if you think about it, almost the whole motion is "non-note" - which is to say, it is the movement that accomplishes that note. So Freddie's unspoken method says, why not concentrate a little on the "non-note," since that is the major part of what we do?

Drum Channel has posted two free "Secrets from the Pros" videos to honor Freddie.

A great Jazz Times article about Freddie: "Freddie Gruber: None of a Kind."


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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Taking Center Stage DVD released - Pick this one up!

Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performances, released today, October 11. For more information about this DVD, go to the Taking Center Stage home page.

I've been able to watch two of the three discs so far, and while I'll be writing a more in-depth review about this DVD, here's a mini-review:

If you're a fan of Neil Peart, go out and get Taking Center Stage right now. It's that good.

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While I enjoyed Neil's other two instructional DVDs, A Work in Progress and Anatomy of a Drum Solo, the depth and breadth of this one goes beyond anything we've seen before. Here's why:

  • Nearly every song from the "Time Machine" tour is analyzed by Neil during interviews with co-producer Joe Bergamini. What makes the interviews so great is Bergamini asks all the questions I'd want to ask Neil about his drum parts.
  • Key sections in most songs are shown in real-time and in slow-motion. This means you get to see Neil fly through those three "YYZ" solo fills -- and then get to see it slowed down. I was surprised at how much I'd never seen before.
  • Each song is then shown during a Rush performance from drums-only cameras. The drum track is slightly louder than the bass, guitar, and vocals. All I can say is viewing Neil's performance from these cameras will give you a new appreciation of the man's talent. 

While the target audience is drummers for this DVD, I think many Rush fans will enjoy this DVD as well.


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Sunday, October 09, 2011

Taking Center Stage now available at Guitar Center

You can now buy Neil Peart's new DVD "Taking Center Stage" at Guitar Center stores. Here's how you can find out if it's available at a store near you:

1. Go to

2. In the Pickup in Store section, type your ZIP code and click Find Store.

If you plan on picking up at a store, I recommend calling first -- even if this is listed as available now.


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Taking Center Stage Contest at Guitar Center

Guitar Center is running a "Taking Center Stage" contest with some amazing prizes.

The Ultimate Neil Peart Prize Package Sweepstakes

Grand Prize:

  • Sabian Neil Peart Signature Paragon Cymbal Set
  • DW Neil Peart Time Machine Signature Snare Drum
  • Exclusive Remo Time Machine Bass Drum Head Signed by Neil Peart
  • Limited Edition Pro Mark Showcase stick set
  • "Taking Center Stage" DVD signed by Neil Peart

Runner-up prizes:

20 runner-up winners will receive a "Taking Center Stage" DVD set signed by Neil Peart.


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Thursday, October 06, 2011

The Making of Taking Center Stage: Part 4

The fourth and final installment of "The Making of Taking Center Stage" by lead editor and co-producer Joe Bergamini is now available:

Part 4: Post Production and Conclusions

I think this excerpt says it all!

I can't wait for everyone to see this thing! If, like me, you ever wore out a copy of Exit...Stage Left as a kid, I think you're going to be pretty amazed.

"Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performances," is scheduled for an October 11 release date (confirmed with Hudson Music).

Go to the Taking Center Stage home page


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Bubba's Far and Away Calendar 2012 available for pre-order

A 2012 calendar based on content from Neil Peart's book "Far and Away" is now available for pre-order.

Bubba's Far and Away Calendar 2012 - Showtech Merchandising


Here's more from Bubba's site:

Bubba and his sidekick Brutus have put together some of their favorite images and excerpts from the book FAR AND AWAY: A Prize Every Time, by their friend and best customer, Neil Peart. (Among regulars, that book is affectionately known as "F 'n' A.")

From Yellowstone National Park to the winter woods of Quebec to the highways of North America, South America, and Europe, each month offers a scenic escape and some words to ponder.

Order now, in time for the Pagan Midwinter Festival!

Thanks to Ed at Rushisaband for the head's up!


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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Neil Peart discusses "Time Stand Still" in "Taking Center Stage" excerpt

In another excerpt from the upcoming instructional video "Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performances," Neil Peart discusses "Time Stand Still."

In this excerpt, Neil discusses one of my favorite fills at the beginning of "Time Stand Still."


Go to the Taking Center Stage home page.


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