Arguably the world's greatest living drummer, but realistically who's gonna rush forward to debate? NEIL PEART has influenced just about everyone with his impeccable technique, creative innovation, and out-of-this-world rhythms that transcend rock and prog. The man is a machine--a true road warrior and deep-thinking soul.
Going back into the vault, we remember a time when RUSH played the old Knickerbocker Arena in Albany, NY. The band was staying at the Desmond Americana and yours truly got summoned to a guest room for bellhop assistance. Only it wasn't help with bags the guest needed, and it turns out the guest with the question was none other than the living legend himself. What exactly did Neil Peart want? Directions to the arena--so he could ride his bike to warm up. Turns out that how Neil prepared for his marathon gigs. All part of his pre-game routine.
Peart is a prolific motorcycle and travel enthusiast, who savors exploring unchartered, under-appreciated, and often exotic terrain and chronicling his experiences with the care he puts into crafting his music and poignantly arranged lyrics. The template for drumming and percussion, Peart is the gold standard to which others often aspire to be or are measured in comparison.
To listen to Peart play is to hear the heartbeat of his soul. One of the most expressive drummers ever, Peart paints a wide expanse of emotions and imagination with his sticks and kit, choosing to let his music convey the visions he's reflecting upon. Love live Neil Peart! One of the greatest...EVER.
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