Peart didn't "become" that guy - he was always that guy because of a predominant social awkwardness and shyness - which he has always admitted to, and which Lee reinforced by calling him shy. There is nothing wrong with being socially awkward and shy; there is nothing wrong with wanting privacy and feeling anxious. Not everyone can be as extroverted as Lifeson, and to some extent Lee.
I don't know that I agree with this. At some point, if you're going to accept being in the public eye and for a rock star -- the wealth that goes with it -- then you need to be able to accept a fan who simply wants to say "thanks for the music." Period. Believe it or not, there are plenty of guys who could drum and write words as well as Neil.
And then to compound things by writing that horrible "middle eight" section of his last book, as a final way to shit all over Rush, the fans, and the music industry, is really unforgivable.
Neil doesn’t “need” to do anything he doesn’t want to do regarding interacting with fans and he proved it by avoiding and running successfully for 40 years.
I’m just saying that it sounds like Geddy and Neil were both similar in their shyness and were born with that social awkwardness and dislike of fan interaction. Geddy chose to work hard to change that and Neil didn’t. Good for Geddy.
Edited by LeaveMyThingAlone, 02 November 2017 - 10:52 AM.