- Jul 16, 2011
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I just realized that I have a drum head that was signed by Neil, Alex and Geddy after the Cleveland concert in 2011. It was gotten for me by Jim Fox the drummer for The James Gang.
Cool story thanks for sharing.Several years ago, a good friend of mine worked production for the Rush concert in Raleigh. After setting up the PA and lights, she helped Neil's tech set up his kit. My friend also rides motorcycles, so Neil asked her to ride with him. They spent an hour on the roads and he shared some road stories with her. She then got to watch him play from 50 feet above his kit in the lighting truss, and he gave her his sticks, which she showed me. Like all of us, she's in shock, but grateful for that time she got to spend with him.
I don't want to take this thread off the rails, but as someone who worshiped Neil as a kid and cried at the death of this man I never met, Neil was not perfect. He was the perfect drum hero for doing the things that some criticized him for. His playing wasn't overly sophisticated even if busy and over the top, but it was quite accessible to the lay person. Anyone could hear Rush and come away thinking "that drummer is really good!" That's what inspired thousands and thousands of kids to pick up the sticks.Rush was a musicians band and two got the appreciation they deserved from their peers, Neil, for some reason I never understood, got a lot of flack from the drumming community (overplayed, show off, couldn't swing, stuck up, etc etc etc) How could anyone not see his talents and not appreciate what he brought to us ?
RIP Mr Peart, you will be sorely missed.
I totally get it, things have a way of leaking though, this just shows what a tight ship the rush organization runs!Sometimes people need their privacy in times like this, Neil seems to be this way. He didn't ask for sympathy when his first wife and daughter passed, just to be left alone to recover best he could in his own way. He had three years left to be with his current daughter/wife and chose to do that instead of deal with media/fans.
This was obviously what he wanted and I can respect that.
This has been the most stunned I've been by a death outside my family. I was listening to tributes to NP on XM radio Friday afternoon while I was riding my mountain bike. When a commentator reminded me of his young daughter Olivia, I literally started bawling as I was riding my bike... straight up ugly crying, thinking about a girl losing her father at such a young age.Guys anit gonna lie...this is hitting me harder than I would have imagined.
I've been watching a lot of YouTube videos on Neil. It simply seems that a lot of the flack that he received was due to his shyness. He would become anxious around people that wanted to grab him and tell him how great he was. He said to Eddie Trunk in an '06 interview, "I'm just a guy, beating on things with sticks." Amazingly intelligent. I'm going to buy at least ONE of his books if not all at some point. Those that called him eccentric, simply didn't understand him, nor did they really respect him.Rush was a musicians band and two got the appreciation they deserved from their peers, Neil, for some reason I never understood, got a lot of flack from the drumming community (overplayed, show off, couldn't swing, stuck up, etc etc etc) How could anyone not see his talents and not appreciate what he brought to us ?
RIP Mr Peart, you will be sorely missed.
I'm not going to argue with you. I see what you're getting at. But maybe, that's when he REALLY LIVED? He made the decision after finding out about his brain cancer, that he didn't want to trot around the globe with his pains and sicknesses, but rather spend as much time with those he loved.I’ll be honest, I’m a huge rush and Neil fan, pretty much a daily listener. My stories for my love of Neil and rush are no different than your stories. The death of Ronnie James Dio and Chris Squire hit me a little harder than neils death. The fact that they kept this a secret for 3 1/2 years is more shocking to me than his death. Neil Peart the person died last Tuesday, but Neil Peart the drummer( the guy we all know) died on August 1st 2015.