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#1 bri-tor

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 02:07 AM

Given that Neil is above doing the odd meet n greet, I would be quite interested to know if there are any forum members who have met him, their opinions of him (obviously selective, given that one would probably only have met him for a moment or two), and how it came to pass that they met this most reclusive of musicians.

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 04:25 AM

You could search for the thread where Joe's Mechanic met him.  Hint: it didn't go the way he wanted.

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 05:03 AM

I met him back in 'Nam. Incredible Scrabble player

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 06:52 AM

I met him in 91 at The Ritz in NYC. It was the Buddy Rich Memorial Scholarship Concert. I was able to get in the venue in the afternoon. Saw all the soundchecks. Met all the drummers and got their autographs on a paper plate. Neil was the first one I approached. I didn't know that he didn't like people coming up to him. I was starstruck. I asked him to sign my shirt because I had nothing to autograph. He said he doesn't sign body parts. So I grabbed a paper plate from the buffet line and he signed Hello Chris - Neil Peart right in the middle. Also had a pic taken with him. He didn't act bothered, but wasn't terribly outgoing either. He sort of smiled. lol

The other drummers were great. All more than happy to sign and talk a little. Great time.

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 07:12 AM

View PostAncient Ways, on 19 September 2014 - 04:25 AM, said:

You could search for the thread where Joe's Mechanic met him.  Hint: it didn't go the way he wanted.
Is that the one where the security guy kicked him out of the room?

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 10:01 AM

View PostAikenrooster, on 19 September 2014 - 07:12 AM, said:

View PostAncient Ways, on 19 September 2014 - 04:25 AM, said:

You could search for the thread where Joe's Mechanic met him.  Hint: it didn't go the way he wanted.
Is that the one where the security guy kicked him out of the room?

Did he eat Neil's sandwich? ;)

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 10:17 AM

View Postx1yyz, on 19 September 2014 - 10:01 AM, said:

View PostAikenrooster, on 19 September 2014 - 07:12 AM, said:

View PostAncient Ways, on 19 September 2014 - 04:25 AM, said:

You could search for the thread where Joe's Mechanic met him.  Hint: it didn't go the way he wanted.
Is that the one where the security guy kicked him out of the room?

Did he eat Neil's sandwich? ;)

Not quite. He was quite close to eating Mosbach's knuckle sandwich...


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Posted 19 September 2014 - 10:56 AM

View PostTombstone Mountain, on 19 September 2014 - 05:03 AM, said:

I met him back in 'Nam. Incredible Scrabble player

Tombstone knows him well.  Neil loves Goatnut.  Great scenery.

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 10:58 AM

I dream about Neil a lot, but I guess dreams don't count here.

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 01:10 PM

I don't care to either, love his drumming and all, but i know a few people who have the chance of meeting him and claim he's very rude. I understand his shyness excuse, but come on, have a little respect. I heard somewhere that bono said he knows fans can be goofy and all, but they are who made him rich and hes very thankful for that.

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 01:13 PM

View Postnicky6, on 19 September 2014 - 01:10 PM, said:

I don't care to either, love his drumming and all, but i know a few people who have the chance of meeting him and claim he's very rude. I understand his shyness excuse, but come on, have a little respect. I heard somewhere that bono said he knows fans can be goofy and all, but they are who made him rich and hes very thankful for that.

Neil says pretty much the same thing—he's grateful for his fans, because without them he wouldn't be where he is in life.  He just doesn't understand the obsession they have with him.

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 05:55 PM

View PostTony R, on 19 September 2014 - 10:17 AM, said:

View Postx1yyz, on 19 September 2014 - 10:01 AM, said:

View PostAikenrooster, on 19 September 2014 - 07:12 AM, said:

View PostAncient Ways, on 19 September 2014 - 04:25 AM, said:

You could search for the thread where Joe's Mechanic met him.  Hint: it didn't go the way he wanted.
Is that the one where the security guy kicked him out of the room?

Did he eat Neil's sandwich? ;)

Not quite. He was quite close to eating Mosbach's knuckle sandwich...

He felt entitled to be treated like a fellow percussionist and was dumbfounded when praetorian told him to step off.  He created quite a scene and started threads crying like a baby anywhere he could.  One was here.   We played with him for a while then he left.

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 05:57 PM

View PostLorraine, on 19 September 2014 - 10:58 AM, said:

I dream about Neil a lot, but I guess dreams don't count here.

I read in another thread that you fall asleep as soon as hubby walks in the door..  The pieces are starting to fit together Lorraine ;)
hope he doesn't come on here lol

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 05:59 PM

If I ever saw Neil on the street, I'd just ignore him. He doesn't want to give his fans the time of day, why should I give him mine?


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Posted 19 September 2014 - 06:02 PM

View Postfraroc, on 19 September 2014 - 05:59 PM, said:

If I ever saw Neil on the street, I'd just ignore him. He doesn't want to give his fans the time of day, why should I give him mine?

I'd run full speed at him screaming for an autograph.. Especially if it was right before a show. He plays better when he's angry :)

Edited by MMCXII, 19 September 2014 - 06:08 PM.


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Posted 19 September 2014 - 06:05 PM

No I haven't. But if I ever saw him in public and I wasn't wearing a Rush shirt I'd probably just stare in awe from afar. I wouldn't even talk to him or take a picture of him. I'd like to give him the respect and privacy that he deserves.

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 06:53 PM

View PostMMCXII, on 19 September 2014 - 05:57 PM, said:

View PostLorraine, on 19 September 2014 - 10:58 AM, said:

I dream about Neil a lot, but I guess dreams don't count here.

I read in another thread that you fall asleep as soon as hubby walks in the door..  The pieces are starting to fit together Lorraine ;)
hope he doesn't come on here lol

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 08:28 PM

I did read that if you approach or talk to him about bikes and books and anything other than rush or what a god drummer he is, he will be cool and have a conversation with you...

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 08:30 PM

View Postnicky6, on 19 September 2014 - 08:28 PM, said:

I did read that if you approach or talk to him about bikes and books and anything other than rush or what a god drummer he is, he will be cool and have a conversation with you...
I doubt it but welcome to the TRF..... :cheers: :)

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 09:26 PM

View Postnicky6, on 19 September 2014 - 08:28 PM, said:

I did read that if you approach or talk to him about bikes and books and anything other than rush or what a god drummer he is, he will be cool and have a conversation with you...

I ran in to him one morning at a gas station many years ago.  I was filling up my truck and noticed a couple of motorcycles next to me that looked familiar.  It registered to me who the bikes belonged to just about the time Neil and a companion walked up.  I looked directly at him - I am pretty sure with a goofy grin on my face - and he could tell I knew who he was.  I could tell from the look on his face he was wondering how this would go.

I knew the next tour location they were headed to and gathered my wits.   All I did was politely give them a suggestion about a scenic route to take that would avoid some construction issues they might not have been aware of on the route I figured they would probably have planned.  Neil looked at his companion.  The companion shrugged his shoulders and nodded.  Neil looked at me and said "thanks."   I said "No problem.  Ride safe." as I was finishing filling up the truck.  Neil and his companion were then packing their stuff and getting on their bikes when he looked at me and said, "And, hey, thanks."

I have always thought it was nice of him to acknowledge his appreciating me not completely wigging out or being a goofball.  Granted, 16 year old me probably would have.... but older me figured I should play it cool.  :cool:

Of course, after they rode off, I called everyone I knew who cared.  Keep in mind this was back in the day when cell phone minutes were still a precious commodity... but I didn't care.  I did not play that nearly as cool.  :o

Edited by WorkingAllTheTime, 19 September 2014 - 09:27 PM.





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