Why do you seem to assume that I don't see it that way??? Because it seems all I've done is disagree with you... you say Neil is important these reasons - that I disagree with. You state all these things about Buddy (and about Neil for that matter) - that I know to be factually wrong - so I disagree with you stating them as true.I did not title it such. The article was titled that way. I just copied the title of the article. Makes me wonder whether you read the article that this thread is about.
Look, I've said it before, and I'll say it again. The beauty of this forum is that we can all agree to disagree, whether you see it that way or not.
Even here - you say you didn't title the thread??? Then who did? The editors of MusicRadar didn't start a thread here - they may have chose this GOAT nonsense for the title of their article - but you chose it for the topic of a thread that you wanted to be about Neil. How did that go? Your title choice insured that the thread is about the article, which is specifically about whether Neil is the GOAT.
So that's what's been discussed.
Even now you're berating me for having not read the article - I've been discussing Neil (which I thought you said was the point of this). And of course I didn't read the article. I mean, I just skimmed it now, but no. I previously haven't. Why?
Because if countless Vistalite Black have taught me anything, it's that any article published by MusicRadar.com that starts with the words... "It's Official" is a surefire exercise in inane clickbait, light weight music journalism that is never, ever worth the time it takes to click on it's link, then 10 seconds in, smack the back button, while cursing my stupidity for once again subjecting myself to their tripe.
So I'm absolutely fine that we disagree. And generally don't care one way or the other about these pointless "my favorite player is the absolute GOAT" discussion. Until someone really leaves to land of opinion and really starts misrepresenting others to justify their allegiance to their "favorite play, the GOAT.
In this thread - you hooked me with your "Neil had the balls to play other styles of music. Buddy didn't. He played one style and that was it." line.
This is the problem with GOAT discussions - for someone to be crowned, others invariably need to be torn down. Because, not surprisingly, no can just win the title on their merits - because.... there is no greatest player of all time. There is no best. We are artists, not high jumpers. Our greatness cannot be sure measured with a simple tape measure.
Frankly from everything I've read of Neil Peart - I think he would be appalled that you feel the need to tear down, to diminish another players accomplishments (particularly one Neil so admired) in order to defend the desire to search Neil solely on some pedestal.
So that's what we really disagree about - I could care less what music rocks your boat, which player you hold as your gold standard - we all have our personal choices. We should feel secure in this choices - so secure that we have no reason to validate them with consensus.
Anyway - sorry for any ruffled feathers.