Neil was enormously influenced by Phil Collins’ drumming.RawGod said:The only other rock drummers that people compared him to were long deceased. The man was incontestably the greatest living rock drummer for decades. That's on top of his lyrics, and I speak only of his professional accomplishments. He also seems to have been an incredible human being. What a giant.
otd:placer said:Neil Peart was a very strong man. He lost his only child, a daughter, in an automobile accident then soon after lost his wife to cancer. This did not stop him; he traveled the Americas in a motorcycle to move beyond that pain, then he started over: He remarried and has a new daughter.
The lesson here is to never give up and never act like life is over or act like the best days are behind us.
Interesting article. I'm fascinated by the relationships artists have (or don't have) with each other. Like, at any time, I'm pretty sure that Mick Jagger could get Paul McCartney on the phone and reminisce about the 60s. But I bet they don't. In this case, Peart never even met fellow drumming legend Phil Collins properly.Dusty said:Neil was enormously influenced by Phil Collins’ drumming.RawGod said:The only other rock drummers that people compared him to were long deceased. The man was incontestably the greatest living rock drummer for decades. That's on top of his lyrics, and I speak only of his professional accomplishments. He also seems to have been an incredible human being. What a giant.
Most people have no idea that Phil Collins was a monster drummer before becoming a singer then pop superstar.
Grace under Pressure was my first Rush album and still a favorite. It came out 5 years before the Berlin Wall came down. Listening to it today reminds one of that Cold War hysteria.HermeticAlly said:Usually I could hardly care less about famous (or semi-famous) people dying, but this one actually hurts. Very sad. He was a true legend.
Rush is easily my favorite of the classic rock-type bands. Even though I tend to focus more on Geddy Lee's bass and Alex Lifeson's guitar playing, Peart really is the at the heart of the group.
Around Caress of Steel, when they started to jettison a lot of the blues baggage, was when they really took off. They put out a non-stop stream of outstanding albums for a decade, from the mid-70s to mid-80s, all while navigating changes in music trends, music technology, and their own personal growth. That's seriously incredible.
I think my personal favorite is an album that's largely been overlooked (maybe because of the presence of some electronic drums and other very 1980s elements), 1984's Grace Under Pressure. Peart's lyricism might be at its best on this album - especially on the first half. Every song is amazing, though, except for the cheesy Red Lenses.
This record contains my personal favorite Rush song, Between The Wheels. The lyrics are just terrific, and feel as apt today as any time in the 80s. The playing is great, the song is dark and heavy in the verses, with a huge chorus, and it contains my favorite Alex Lifeson solo. Just total perfection all around.
Rush really is one of those bands I think people will still be listening to decades from now, with kids discovering them and getting blown away by their canon of terrific albums and uncompromising musical vision.
The only bad thing I can say about Peart is that in the 2000s he embraced fedora atheism akin to Richard Dawkins. I think he was sometimes prone to Verysmartism, but he's definitely a thoughtful guy, and more often than not it led to some great music.