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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Praetorianx1 Twitter updates - July 31

The West Side Beamer Boys Twitter account continues to evolve as Neil, Michael, and friends gear up for the new tour. If you haven't been following along, here are some updates:

  • The name has remained West Side Beamer Boys since around July 27. 
  • The page itself now includes a nice custom background with Bubbawares, maps, and photos:


  • The page description has changed to:

"Neil Peart Official - Join Neil, Michael, Brutus, and pals as they ride the Clockwork Angels Tour 2012-13 from a two-wheel motorrad perspective!"

  • The badge now includes "B" instead of "PM" for "Brutus."




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Sunday, July 29, 2012

R38: Happy Birthday, Geddy Lee!

Today, Geddy Lee turns 59. This also marks the day that Neil Peart joined Rush -- 38 years ago, or R38. Happy Birthday, Geddy. Many happy returns!

Here's a photo of Geddy my brother took at the last show on the Time Machine tour (the Gorge in Washington State):



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Friday, July 27, 2012

Praetorianx1 Twitter updates - July 27

Neil (Bubba) and Michael have been wading (diving?) into the Twitterverse over the past few days under the @Praetorianx1 account. The changes have been coming fast and furious.

For about 24 hours, the name went from Praetorian Animus to Clockwork Motorrad. Today, the name has changed to West Side Beemer Boys. Since it seems to be in flux, here's another idea: Neil Peart's Tales from the Trails.

If you haven't been following along, here's a recap of the past few days:

  • The followers have increased substantially (now at 1,866)


  • We've seen photos of a fancy dinner and...


Neil standing next to his bike in a suit.


  • They've unveiled new logo for their Twitter page (complete with their initials -- not sure who "PM" is - Brutus?):


Anyway, looking forward to what happens next!

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Follow Neil Peart on Twitter during the Clockwork Angels tour

Neil Peart and his riding partner Michael will be tweeting from the road during the Clockwork Angels tour. You can follow them at the Clockwork Motorrad Twitter account.

I'll be retweeting choice tweets as well.

This is a confirmed, official account via Michael (below with Neil).


Thanks to RushCon for the head's up and Rushisaband (for the confirmation).

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Clockwork Angels signed editions pre-order on Friday, July 27, 10 a.m.

Update: 7/31 - Gold Editions are now sold out.


Update: 7/27 @ 10:30 a.m. - Silver Editions are sold out at both ECW Press and Gold editions are still available.


There are two special, signed editions of Clockwork Angels: The Novel going on sale on Friday, July 27, at 10:00 a.m.

Gold Edition: $299.95 - "The Gold Edition is a must have for die-hard fans. Slipcased and signed by both authors, The Gold Edition is accompanied by a lithograph image from the book, signed by artist Hugh Syme, and a unique autographed page of the original CLOCKWORK ANGELS manuscript. Both pieces are presented in an attractive frame with an engraved and numbered plate. With only 302 copies available, the Gold Edition will retail for $299.95, and is available exclusively from"

Silver Edition: $74.95 - "Introducing the Silver Edition of Clockwork Angels: The Novel. This wonderful addition to any collection comes in a linen slipcase, with a bookplate (pictured below) signed by both Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart."


The Silver Edition is available at ECW Press and

More info from author Kevin J. Anderson.


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Saturday, July 21, 2012

"Moving Signals & Waves" - A Tribute To Rush: Coming soon

The folks at Sonic Reality Progressive Rock Project who brought us, XYZ - A Tribute to Rush featuring Neil Peart Drums EP, are at it again. There's a new album due by the end of summer, featuring new Rush songs, called Moving Signals and Waves. You can listen to some early mixes of "The Spirit of Radio" and "Subdivisions" below.


Here's more info from Dave Kerzner:

I'm producing, engineering and playing keys on a full album of Rush covers featuring Neil Peart of Rush on drums via his Sonic Reality sample library "Neil Peart Drums" plus special guests from bands like Yes, Porcupine Tree, Asia FJP, It Bites, Triumph and more. Due to be out on iTunes and on CD by the end of the Summer. :)!

Read my interview with Dave Kerzner about Neil Peart Drums:

Everything you wanted to know about Sonic Reality's Neil Peart Drums

Buy Sonic Elements XYZ - A Tribute to Rush featuring Neil Peart Drums EP

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Jim Ladd interview with Neil Peart (audio)

This interview was held on June 13, 2012 on Sirius XM's Deep Tracks station.

Thanks to Ari Gold and for the head's up!


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Monday, July 09, 2012

Neil Peart in New York Times Magazine

There's a short piece written by Neil Peart in the July 8, 2012, New York Times Magazine called "How to find balance in life."


Thanks to Rushisaband for the head's up!


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Thursday, July 05, 2012

Drummer's Reality Camp Roundtable video with Neil Peart

Update - 7/21/12: All three parts are now available at now.


Neil Peart participated in a roundtable for LA Music Academy's 3rd Drummer Reality Camp on Friday, June 29, 2012. The other panelists included Jim Keltner, Doane Perry and Don Lombardi with moderator Michael Packer. Michael posted a photo of the event to his Facebook site:

image also filmed the event and now has Part 1 on their website (subscription required to view):

Roundtable Discussion with Neil Peart, Jim Keltner and Doane Perry Part 1

Description from

50 students attended this class and they all agreed they would never approach the drum set the same again. It's not about writing the song, it's about how a drummer should compose his part to enhance the song. This is a passionate in-depth look at how these legends approach their instrument. This is a four part Roundtable that could shape your entire career.

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Clockwork Angels: Review roundup and sales

Clockwork Angels has been released for a little over three weeks now, and it's mostly been receiving rave reviews. The score for Clockwork Angels is 82% (Universal Acclaim), although this is only based on 8 reviews (as of 7/5/12).

My own feeling about this album is similar to what I've been reading: It's one of the most ambitious albums we've ever heard from Rush -- and also one of the heaviest. Peart's drumming has arrived at a sweet spot that brings together the best of composition, power, groove, and improvisation. 

Read more Clockwork Angels reviews at Cygnus and PowerWindows.

As far as sales go, Clockwork Angels debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 for June 30, #10 for July 7, and #26 for July 14. Rushisaband reported on June 30, "The exact sales numbers for the week from SoundScan were 26,756 units sold compared to 103,172 last week."

Here are the full charts for 7/14/12:

Billboard charts for Clockwork Angels

Here are some review excepts:

Rolling Stone - 3.5/5

It's got a dystopian sci-fi plot and lyrics like "All I know is that sometimes the truth is contrary." But the first Rush album in five years isn't just one of the band's Rushiest; it's also very good -- frenetic and heavy, low on prog thought puzzles, high on power-trio interplay that could put guys half their age in the burn ward. Nickelback-like meathead modern-rock production actually adds power to these ancient masters' gnomic turgidity: Even the seven-minute tripartite title track burns rubber, and Neil Peart's dragon-tailed paradiddles and Alex Lifeson's helix solos make the koanic hokum of Peart's lyrics feel like a sermon from the peak of Mount Nerd. 

The Village Voice

Still: tunefulness persists. "Headlong Flight" is all bubbly bass, muscular guitar, and busy drumming, but by the time they lock into a surging groove on the triumphant chorus, it brings to mind how every "By-Tor and the Snow Dog" had a "Fly by Night," every "Xanadu" a "Closer to the Heart." The title track is pure Joshua Tree ebullience shot through with King Crimson courtliness, right down to the trebly reverb and chugging cymbal drive. Rush really wants you to believe in this album, and by the time Alex Lifeson takes his solo, you just might. (You'll have to overlook that the next three songs work along very similar lines and that the album clocks in at 1:06:07, but still.)

Pop Matters - 7/10

But with Clockwork Angels, Rush have escaped these trappings of late-career complacency. For this twentieth LP, the trio has opted for the timeless prog convention: the concept album. They're no stranger to this format, having mastered it many times before. But while Hemispheres this isn't, it's an engrossing story; Peart's lyrics are the best they've been in a long time. The proliferation of prog bands worldwide has made concept records a dime a dozen, but these old dogs have breathed fresh air into this well-worn format. Clockwork Angels, while musically strong, isn't anything revelatory given the high bar Rush set for themselves in the prog pantheon. Conceptually, however, it's the strongest progressive rock concept album since Dream Theater's Scenes from a Memory.

The Objective Standard

In terms of sound, this album features Rush at its hard-driving best, dominated by the ten combined strings of Lifeson and Lee and the aggressive drumming of Peart. Yet some of the hardest songs, such as "Caravan," and "BU2B," soar into some soulful, serene moments. In contrast, "Headlong Flight" is powered almost from beginning to end by adrenaline-fueled bass. Quieter songs feature strings or piano performed by outside artists. The closing song, "The Garden," combines strings with some nice acoustic work from Lifeson; it is one of the band's softest and most reflective pieces to date.

Bravewords - Martin Popoff

What we have here is Rush's bassiest production quake ever. Neil's drums have never sounded so fat, warm and powerful, and Geddy and Alex storm on along with him, through track by blustery track, many neo-Maiden- and Death Magnetic-like in their sodding of conventional verse/chorus structure in redefinition of the word "break." The boomy resonance of all this was captured inside of three months at a brand new/one-year-old studio in Toronto called Revolution Recordings, and through an approach that had Geddy and Alex writing their crazy musicks, then handing it to Neil to make sense of. The Professor then supposed for himself a pile of spontaneity (an oxymoron, until you hear how much exertion is necessary through the album's 66.6 minutes), literally conducted with a drumstick by producer Nick Raskulinecz, who would and obviously could suggest fills by singing them like a Three Stooges routine (which makes him the fourth Stooge).

The result is Neil's grooviest playing ever, groove being the one area Neil, by necessity of Rushwriting, rarely bothered himself with -- I think he'd have to admit he's a white man playing the drums. Ergo, he gorgeously falls off the end of bars all around Clockwork town, helping to create a hot mess of a '70s prog album, the type that would never sell, but to fellow English cynics born out of tyme, squelching through the moors.

MSN Music

At 66 minutes, there is a lot to take in on Clockwork Angels (Roadrunner), so much that it requires several listens for it all to start to settle in, so it's a good thing that those two great 2010 songs "Caravan" and "BU2B" are the first two tracks, that familiarity easing listeners in to the sprawling album. In retrospect it comes across as an ingenious move by the band, because the meat of the album, those middle tracks, are more of a challenge. At seven and a half minutes the title track is a suite-like composition that careens from shimmering to thunderous, Lifeson showing great dexterity, his guitar work lively and unpredictable. A sense of defiance permeates "The Anarchist" as the threesome play insistently and forcefully, while "Carnies" sees them veering from slow, massive grooves to upbeat, melodic choruses. "Seven Cities of Gold", meanwhile, is built around a central riff that sounds straight from the first Rush album, simple, bluesy, and heavy.

Prog Archives reviews

Amazon customer reviews

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Wednesday, July 04, 2012 "The Future as Seen from the Past"

The full bio for Clockwork Angels is now posted to

(Or: "Yesterday's Tomorrowland")

There are a few concert pictures included, as well as one of Booujzhe conducting Neil.


There's also a full-size version of the "Caravan" artwork.



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