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Monday, February 16, 2015

Neil Peart in new Sacred Grove video: "A Little More Noise"

For a few years, Stuart Copeland has been hosting "wild jams" at his Sacred Grove studio. These jams have included musicians such as Snoop Dog (Lion), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Les Claypool (Primus), Larry Lalonde (Primus), Stanley Clarke, Andy Summers (The Police), and Neil Peart.

Now Copeland has released a new jam, "A Little More Noise," with Peart and Danny Carey (Tool) on drums. Other musicians include Matt Scannell (Vertical Horizon), Matt Stone (South Park/Book of Mormon), Mike Dolbear, Thomas Lang, Dave Elich, and Aaron Sterling.

Copeland wrote in the YouTube description:

Some new drums arrived so Peart and Carey came over to lay heavy hands upon them. Scannell and I banged out any old riffs while Stone chimed the gongs.
Couple days later four MORE drummers dropped by and took up the horns. The piano was an afterthought.

Copeland also posted this Tweet:

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Origin of Neil Peart documentary

In 2009, filmmaker Paul Miil released the documentary The Big Story of Small Potatoes. It explored the roots of the lost music scene of Niagara, circa 1964-1974, of which Neil Peart was a musician. As part of his research, Miil spoke to many musicians who played with Neil in his early years, as well as contemporary drummers.

Now, Miil has recut the footage to assemble a new 48-minute documentary, The Origin of Neil Peart. Miil explains in the intro:

Before the footage from The Big Story of Small Potatoes was lost to time, I thought it prudent to fill the commitment I made to myself in 2007 to make the Neil Peart documentary. Neil Peart's band mates and contemporary drummers are the true character of this film. I had a ton of fun researching and finding them, and thank them all for their participation. In any event, it may be more accurate to have the "many" explain the "one"...

Thanks to Paul Miil for documenting this important musical history.


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