The reason I mentioned that in the first case was to prove Neil is in fact human, not a machine, a lot of you fans have this set idea that he is unfriendly, uncommunicative, and generally is a dour character. I have always maintained, as Chris Lea does in the part he wrote, Neil is a very funny, humane, caring guy. I never could have guessed at your reaction. I really think some of you are very naive when I read your comments. As well as brilliant musicians, do your heroes also have to be paragons of virtue ? No one is saying anyone is a drug addict, over doing various chemical stimulants. It is a fact at certain times all rock groups have indulged. There was no slur meant on anyone's name. If I said I got drunk with one of the band, would that be wrong ? How the fact that one, or all, of Rush have taken drugs, now and then, can alter the way you think about them is amazing, and almost unblievable to me.
I can't speak for the USA but over here half the people under 40 ( and plenty over ) are using recreational drugs at leat once a week. The other half can't afford to !.
I would be pleased to read your thoughts on this, and will answer any questions.
Well, I didn't realize that I post that I started on a forum would attract the original author. I would not have been surprised that Neil and the boys dabbled in coke and harder stuff back in the day. I know, and approve of, their copious pot use. However, I was surprised that Neil still did coke like a champ at age 52. That doesn't dramatically alter my view of their music, but it does alter my view of his character. Maybe it's not fair, but part of the attraction of the boys is that they are not only top level musicians, but top level people. Of course, different people will have a different definition of what that means, but for me it doesn't mean doing coke like a champ.