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Old 01-10-20, 05:18 PM
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RIP Neil Peart

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Argh just heard this today on the radio!! I need to start getting serious about seeing some bucket list bands.
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I was sorry to hear that chronic pain had finally forced him to retire from drumming, although by 2015 he seemed ready to leave it behind and just enjoy being a husband and dad again. The guy had more than his share of tragedy and setbacks. Just seems unfair that his health declined so badly after he retired.

Ringo Starr, on the other hand, still looks great, seems healthy and still plays... like Ringo.
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
I was sorry to hear that chronic pain had finally forced him to retire from drumming, although by 2015 he seemed ready to leave it behind and just enjoy being a husband and dad again. The guy had more than his share of tragedy and setbacks. Just seems unfair that his health declined so badly after he retired.

Ringo Starr, on the other hand, still looks great, seems healthy and still plays... like Ringo.
Agreed.
Also, I saw Ringo at Bethel Woods for the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock. I think his revolving "all star band" works pretty well.
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Playing my drums to Rush always put me in my place, " hey, I got this...it's not that hard...wait, what did he just do there?, CRAP!!! " farewell professor 😢
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A good read about dedication
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
The guy had more than his share of tragedy and setbacks.
He did , some background on this video starting around 0:55
early days joining Rush

sad and surprising news to me anyway. - RIP Neil
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Oh that hurts. Rush was my first big concert (Moving Pictures) and they've been with me ever since.

I read the now-aptly-titled Ghost Rider which starts out with Neil losing his daughter and wife in the space of year. More than a man can endure. And he found a way forward.
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Arena Rock of the 70's, those were the days.

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Originally Posted by StupidlyBrave View Post
Best drummer in the history of ever
https://youtu.be/kWCVIb_ku_Y
Just some good old Canadian boy's havin some fun.

RIP Neil you will be missed.
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Old 01-11-20, 01:51 PM
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To be honest, I've never been a big fan of Rush. Just a fan of Neil Peart.

I found a couple of videos of his earliest performances with another band. Even then he was incredible. How did a rural farm boy without access to a lot of clubs and concert venues, or even YouTube, learn such disciplined and complex rhythm? Just listening to radio and records? Amazing.

And rewatching several Rush videos the past couple of days is a good reminder that there are few real drummers and a lot of people making repetitive noises that are more or less rhythmic and pretty much in time.
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This tribute video just put together yesterday - nicely done, especially the last 5 minutes. Found it looking for Rush covers

...an interview where he talks about his cycling experiences


EDIT -- oops @norcalmike had already posted this 2nd video in C&V, but I'll leave it here too

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Going to crank up Rush 2112 to honor Neil Peart. Rush was my first concert back in 1980.
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
To be honest, I've never been a big fan of Rush. Just a fan of Neil Peart.

I found a couple of videos of his earliest performances with another band. Even then he was incredible. How did a rural farm boy without access to a lot of clubs and concert venues, or even YouTube, learn such disciplined and complex rhythm? Just listening to radio and records? Amazing.

And rewatching several Rush videos the past couple of days is a good reminder that there are few real drummers and a lot of people making repetitive noises that are more or less rhythmic and pretty much in time.
That's the way I feel too. When I was in college in the late 70's/early 80's Rush was very popular and they always seemed to be everything I disliked about big rock acts then. But in later years I've come to learn more about him and his tragedies which lead me to listen to his parts of the music more .
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That's the way I feel too. When I was in college in the late 70's/early 80's Rush was very popular and they always seemed to be everything I disliked about big rock acts then. But in later years I've come to learn more about him and his tragedies which lead me to listen to his parts of the music more .
Same. If Rush had peaked a few years earlier during my prog rock phase I'd have them on endless replay alongside Emerson Lake and Palmer. And I still enjoy ELPs interpretation of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

But by 1978 I was pretty much over ELP, Robin Trower, Yes and other heavily produced Big Sound bands. I was into punk, power pop, new wave, reggae, roots blues... even Cheap Trick... anything but big sound, high concept prog rock or art rock. Heck, I even finally learned to like the Grateful Dead after getting their 3-record 1973 Europe tour album -- which is still on my regular replay list, even though I don't care for the Dead's rather sterile sounding studio albums.

Now I'm over my anti-elitist elitism and can enjoy the musicianship of Rush, even if it'll never be on my regular playlist.
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Oh man the local FM station is specially playing "Joe Benson: Off the Record" featuring his interviews with Neil Peart. I love 2112 and moving pictures is awesome.
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Sound Opinions had a nice bit on him last night.
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I ran across this one today, a really great interview.


This was after 'Grace Under Pressure' came out. That's gotta be my fave of their "modern" works, and it's just come up in my playlist again, maybe because it fits my current mood (*cough* climate) so well. That was one of their three shows that I saw (Grace Under Pressure. Moving Pictures, and the one I just call Red Balls, but officially Hold Your Fire). I saw this concert at Atlanta's Omni, which like a lot of thing no longer exists.

Neil mentions his bike briefly but enthusiastically. Anyone know what he rode? (Not talking about his motorcycle.)

(For some reason this radio show was also called 'Off the Record', but it looks like a different show from the one GrainBrain mentioned?)
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Got 4th place in the junior high talent show panimining to Rush The Temples Of Syrinx. We made fake guitars out of plywood used fluorescent paint with black lights so our stage would glow. Tin foil covered Rush sign in the background.. this was back in 1980 the song was very popular and the kids went nuts. Felt like a rock star for a day 4th place with ZERO TALENT. Good times will miss Neil Peart....
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I gotta confess, after Neil Peart died, I watched -- or at least listened to -- several videos of him playing isolated drum tracks, or just interviews and chattering. He was a remarkable, engaging fellow.

And then I tried to binge every Rush album.

Couldn't do it.

I like some Rush material, but overall their albums still leave me with the same effect as decades ago when they were new. They're pretentious, artsy-fartsy stuff, soundtracks for Heavy Metal magazine illustrators and fans, and that girl I dated once in college who modeled her own poetry after Peart's lyrics. She was adorable and drove me nuts after only a couple of dates.

Luv ya, Neil, even if I did grow out of my libertarian philosophy phase. Kinda wish you'd jammed with Miles Davis, Pat Metheny and Jaco Pastorius. *That* would have been incredible.

Now I'm gonna go listen to B!tches Brew again for the umpteenth time this year.
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
I gotta confess, after Neil Peart died, I watched -- or at least listened to -- several videos of him playing isolated drum tracks, or just interviews and chattering. He was a remarkable, engaging fellow.

And then I tried to binge every Rush album.

Couldn't do it.

I like some Rush material, but overall their albums still leave me with the same effect as decades ago when they were new. They're pretentious, artsy-fartsy stuff, soundtracks for Heavy Metal magazine illustrators and fans, and that girl I dated once in college who modeled her own poetry after Peart's lyrics. She was adorable and drove me nuts after only a couple of dates.

Luv ya, Neil, even if I did grow out of my libertarian philosophy phase. Kinda wish you'd jammed with Miles Davis, Pat Metheny and Jaco Pastorius. *That* would have been incredible.

Now I'm gonna go listen to B!tches Brew again for the umpteenth time this year.
I figured you would be a huge Rush fan being a 70s guy. I love 70s era Rush not so much of their 80s material excluding 1981 Moving Pictures. I like the big bands and going to the arena shows I guess for the crowds of like minded soul. However I enjoy the underground music scene and the more obscure bands that are less known.
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I figured you would be a huge Rush fan being a 70s guy. I love 70s era Rush not so much of their 80s material excluding 1981 Moving Pictures. I like the big bands and going to the arena shows I guess for the crowds of like minded soul. However I enjoy the underground music scene and the more obscure bands that are less known.
Yeah, surprises me too. I was a fan of some prog rock, especially ELP. Somewhere along the way I lost my taste for the stuff. Maybe it'll come back some day. Lately I've been on a jazz binge, especially Miles Davis and Coltrane.
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