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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Neil Peart planning to play on next Vertical Horizon album

Neil Peart is planning on playing on the next Vertical Horizon album, although it's still in the works. The news came out in a NAMM interview with DW drum maker John Good on YouTube. Good also talked about making a new drum kit for the recording session.

Vertical Horizon confirmed that it's talking to Neil about this session on the Pledge Music website (you need to pledge or sign in to get the entire update):

Okay this BIG news has come out online, and it's not definite yet...

... but we're working to make it happen. I won't comment publicly online about it yet, but since it's out there I wanted you to see this. Neil and I are working on the scheduling, and DW has kindl...

I'm not sure if this means that Neil is going to perform as a guest on a few Vertical Horizon songs, as he did on Burning the Days, or more. More updates as I get them.

Thanks to Rushisaband for the head's up.

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Thursday, February 09, 2012

Kevin J. Anderson thinks big with novelization of "Clockwork Angels"

Here's something most Rush fans probably never thought they'd see: Kevin J. Anderson, a writer of many books and sometime collaborator of Neil Peart's, is working on a novelization of Rush's forthcoming album, "Clockwork Angels."

Kevin J. Anderson

Here's the announcement from Kevin:

After dropping hints for a while, finally the big announcement, a new project unlike any other I've ever done...and something that I consider very cool.

Most of you are aware of my long-standing friendship with Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist from the legendary rock band Rush, as well as how much Rush has influenced my work. My first novel Resurrection, Inc. was closely inspired by the Rush album "Grace Under Pressure," and I can point to dozens of other novels and stories that bear a clear Rush influence. Neil and I wrote an original short story, Drumbeats, which we thought turned out rather well.

For more than twenty years, Neil and I have wanted to collaborate on something MAJOR, a way we could tie together our imaginations, and at last that's happening.

I'm writing the novelization of Rush's forthcoming album Clockwork Angels, their first new CD in five years. Imagine if someone had written the novel of The Wall, Tommy, or Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band when those classic albums were released. For Rush fans, CLOCKWORK ANGELS is that project.

I worked together with Neil to flesh out the epic story told over the course of the music, as well as the artist Hugh Syme whose paintings fill the CD booklet. In a young man's quest to follow his dreams, he is caught between the grandiose forces of order and chaos. He travels across a lavish and colorful world of steampunk and alchemy, with lost cities, pirates, anarchists, exotic carnivals, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life. To whet your appetite, Rush released the first two tracks, "Caravan" and "BU2B"--listen to those songs to get an idea of the story's beginning.

I'm writing the chapters now, incorporating the lyrics into the narrative, and having a fantastic time. More details to come, but for now--to quote a line from Caravan: "I can't stop thinking big."

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

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Monday, February 06, 2012

Three new replica drum kits

If you haven't seen this part of my website before, it's a section that features drum kits that are either replicas or kits inspired by Neil Peart's drums. People have been sending in pictures of their kits since 2006, so now there are quite a few drum kits to check out.

For the three new kits I've posted, I think you'll see there's definitely a chrome theme going on:

Tom Hildreth's Chrome Ddrum Reflex kit


Sam Kesteven's Chromey Replica


Shawn Freeman's Chromey Replica


In addition, I've added some new features to this page including:

  • A slide show that plays on the main page: You can click any of the pictures to go to that kit's page.
  • Voting options for every kit: Let the owners of these kits know what you think by voting. (You can also leave a comment at the bottom of every page.)

Thanks again to all the owners of these kits for sharing them.


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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Happy 2112 Day!

Thanks to the American date format -- 2/1/12 -- Wednesday, February 1, 2012, has been proclaimed 2112 Day, also known as International Rush Day

What are you going to do to celebrate? Of course, you'll be playing Rush's 2112 -- preferably the entire album. But listening to the isolated drums for "Overture" isn't a bad idea either. Reading the handwritten lyrics by Neil Peart is probably required -- especially if you've never seen these.

Original "2112" artwork by Neil Peart

Here are a few listening parties:

Make Feb 1st International Rush Day - Facebook Event

RushCon and Rush Radio are sponsoring a 2112 listening party.

Articles: gives their tribute to Rush Day

RTT news: February 1st Named International Rush Day






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