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#1 Alexmai

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 10:03 AM

I'm a fan of Stephen King at least as I'm a fan of Rush.
When King said he's going to stop writing, he meant to stop publishing, because you can't stop doing a thing that is good for yourself.
I just read that Neil sold his personal drum kit.

It is possible to stop playing at all, if not because you can't phisically play?

Even in the black days, Neil didn't sold it. Why now?

And: to stop play live is one thing, to stop play at all is another... isn't it?

PS Stephen King is currently writing ;)

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 10:10 AM

What's your source on Neil selling his drum kit? Also, after all these years i'm guessing he has more than one drum kit sitting around.

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 10:32 AM

It is possible to come to hate that which you excel at.  Ask any child musical prodigy who completely gives up the instrument by the time they reach adulthood.  Ask any actor that completely gives up the Hollywood scene.  I'm not saying that's what happened w/ Neil.  But he seems pretty tired of it all...and he has certainly achieved a lot w/ his personal accomplishments.  And if he no longer can play like he used to I wouldn't doubt that he'd get rid of his personal drum set (if indeed he has).

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 10:40 AM

Source please.

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 12:50 PM

Yes it's entirely possible to give up playing a musical instrument. It's not like Food, Air or Water.

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 01:51 PM

I wonder what has become of all the bands equipment, a decision of the future of it would have to be made at some point I imagine? Neil doesn't have a home studio so I guess his drums would be in storage with everything else!

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 01:56 PM

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 02:13 PM

I read about him selling his kit over a year ago. I don’t remember who said it except it was someone who should know.

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 02:25 PM

Here's what is happening.... Neil likes to challenge himself so this is part of the process. He has sold his drums, will not sit behind a kit for 10 years, let the absence make his heart grow fonder and then pick up the sticks again and teach himself the craft all over again - like a born-again virgin. After a year of practice he will call those men of Willowdale and say he's ready to go. So save your pennies for the Rush Reunion 2027/28

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 03:02 PM

View Posttaurus, on 22 November 2017 - 02:25 PM, said:

Here's what is happening.... Neil likes to challenge himself so this is part of the process. He has sold his drums, will not sit behind a kit for 10 years, let the absence make his heart grow fonder and then pick up the sticks again and teach himself the craft all over again - like a born-again virgin. After a year of practice he will call those men of Willowdale and say he's ready to go. So save your pennies for the Rush Reunion 2027/28

Yes and his drum seat will be a wheelchair.

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 05:23 PM

I think the OP was referring to what Eddie Trunk said towards a fan question on his show (this might be from a speaking engagement he did actually) not too long ago...


Edited by PolarizeMe, 22 November 2017 - 05:29 PM.


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Posted 22 November 2017 - 06:01 PM

View Posttaurus, on 22 November 2017 - 02:25 PM, said:

Here's what is happening.... Neil likes to challenge himself so this is part of the process. He has sold his drums, will not sit behind a kit for 10 years, let the absence make his heart grow fonder and then pick up the sticks again and teach himself the craft all over again - like a born-again virgin. After a year of practice he will call those men of Willowdale and say he's ready to go. So save your pennies for the Rush Reunion 2027/28
R53/54 it is then!

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 07:17 PM

I'd rather he get rid of his kit and stop playing than let his diminishing abilities get to him the same way they got to Keith Emerson.

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Posted 23 November 2017 - 04:13 AM

:D-13: < Neil enjoying life

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Posted 23 November 2017 - 05:04 AM

You'd think at this point in his life he'd just GIVE the damn thing away. Unless he's an utter moron with money he should be worth at least 20 million by now. What, did he put an ad on craigslist?

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Posted 23 November 2017 - 05:22 AM

View PostJ2112YYZ, on 22 November 2017 - 10:10 AM, said:

What's your source on Neil selling his drum kit? Also, after all these years i'm guessing he has more than one drum kit sitting around.

This forum is the source ;)

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Posted 23 November 2017 - 08:52 AM

View Postedhunter, on 23 November 2017 - 05:04 AM, said:

You'd think at this point in his life he'd just GIVE the damn thing away. Unless he's an utter moron with money he should be worth at least 20 million by now. What, did he put an ad on craigslist?

From what I've read around here he must be a moron with money because apparently he blew a large chunk of it after his family passed away riding all over the North American continent and only returned to the band to replenish it.

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Posted 23 November 2017 - 05:37 PM

View PostWil1972, on 23 November 2017 - 08:52 AM, said:

View Postedhunter, on 23 November 2017 - 05:04 AM, said:

You'd think at this point in his life he'd just GIVE the damn thing away. Unless he's an utter moron with money he should be worth at least 20 million by now. What, did he put an ad on craigslist?

From what I've read around here he must be a moron with money because apparently he blew a large chunk of it after his family passed away riding all over the North American continent and only returned to the band to replenish it.
  I doubt that's true, he's not or ever was poor!

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Posted 23 November 2017 - 06:29 PM

View PostNew Digital Man, on 23 November 2017 - 05:37 PM, said:

View PostWil1972, on 23 November 2017 - 08:52 AM, said:

View Postedhunter, on 23 November 2017 - 05:04 AM, said:

You'd think at this point in his life he'd just GIVE the damn thing away. Unless he's an utter moron with money he should be worth at least 20 million by now. What, did he put an ad on craigslist?

From what I've read around here he must be a moron with money because apparently he blew a large chunk of it after his family passed away riding all over the North American continent and only returned to the band to replenish it.
      I doubt that's true, he's not or ever was poor!

Poor, no. But he mentioned in Ghost Rider that he did not invest well in the 80's, and was beginning to outspend his interest in '99 or so.

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Posted 24 November 2017 - 01:01 AM

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 22 November 2017 - 07:17 PM, said:

I'd rather he get rid of his kit and stop playing than let his diminishing abilities get to him the same way they got to Keith Emerson.

This is a good point. I'd rather him stop playing, than see him start to lose it and see something bad happen to him. He can live and die peacefully now, instead of living a chaotic life that one day catches up to him.

It's funny how a song they released in 1982 can have such relevance to them 35 years later.




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