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  1. Since Neil's passing, I have taken an interest in his "shunpiking" travels by motorcycle as outlined in several of his books. He loved taking the road less traveled, and I would love to experience these routes myself. That being said, does anyone know where I could find the specific routes/roads taken during some of this travels? The only thing I have found so far is a destination map someone put together from his book, "Ghost Rider" (Neil's Peart's Healing Road) and a travel diary from another forum. Any assistance would greatly be appreciated. THANKS!
  2. The group Overtime Angels has posted that they are planning a memorial event for Neil, in Toronto, to be held in May, 2020. Exact date has not been posted yet. Here is the information and link if anyone wants to sign up for information, and the link below that is a link to their general website. They are the folks that hold the Rush Camp at the end of August each year and use the proceeds for charity. Neil Peart Fan Memorial Event "With the support and blessing of the Peart Family, in this time of mourning, we invite you to celebrate the life and legacy of “The Professor” and participate in The Neil Peart Fan Memorial Event and Benefit Concert to be held in Ontario, Canada, on a weekend in May 2020 (exact date and location TBD very soon). This fan celebration will be held to create a moment in time and space for anyone within the Rush family to pay their respects, express their gratitude, grief, love, praise, prayers, sorrow, and honor the life of our beloved musical hero, in a place of commonality and community. As we are expecting an EXTREMELY high turn-out (1,000+) please register below so we can let you know further details as soon as they are finalized…" https://ae1f1531.sib...k2ByHICmTlrESWl https://overtimeangels.org
  3. I've looked through the previous game and I thought it looked like a lot fun to play, so I've decided to make a sequel to the game. I'll start it with this, I don't know if this'll be too funny, if funny at all, but I'll at least try. "Argh, Alex! This is the last time I let you borrow my glasses! Thanks to you misplacing them, I can't see a damn thing I'm playing!" That's the best I can do, at least at this moment, sorry if it's not funny.
  4. I was watching some Rush videos with my dad last week, and I suddenly realized how strange it seems that Neil continued using the full electronic drum kit even after its novelty had worn off and even after the rise of grunge. Sure lots of drummers use trigger pads for particular sounds, but how many of them have a whole electronic kit they use in concerts anymore? Heck, how many drummers used a full electronic kit in concerts even when they were first introduced? It seems to me today the electronic drum kit isn't viewed so much as a viable musical instrument as it is a practice tool and something to play when you can't make a lot of noise, perhaps at best a home recording tool. And it's not like Neil used the electronic kit just on songs that were originally recorded on it. I was surprised (and a little distressed) when I saw Neil was using the full electric kit to play The Trees in one of the videos we watched. I imagine it was because the electric kit had all of his woodblock and chime triggers and it was just easier to hit them while sitting on the electric side of his drum circle, but it was still an odd effect to hear the rather raw heavy rock song anchored by electronic drums. So are there any other drummers you can think of who have extensively made use of full electric kits in the studio and live?
  5. So there's this one backbeat that Neil plays which always blows my mind. I'm not sure when he first started doing it, but it shows up very prominently in the verses of The Spirit Of Radio and also I think in Tom Sawyer, as well as a number of other songs I'm sure. Obviously there are variations between different songs, but it's when he switches over to the ride cymbal and starts playing this syncopated ride cymbal pattern that interlocks with the normal snare on 2 and 4 (at least it does on TSOR). Most drummers I've listened to don't really do much in the way of experimenting with different ride cymbal patterns, at least not in rock. But Neil has this one where...I mean it's almost like he's playing the intro pattern to YYZ as part of the back beat. It's not even 8th notes or 16th notes at all. I guess my question is does anyone know of other drummers Neil might have picked up this idea or the pattern specifically from? Did he more or less come up with it on his own? It's not the same thing as a jazz drummer might play on a swing beat, it's a bit more complex than that.
  6. In case any Sirius people are interested- Eddie Trunk (SiriusXM 108)will have a one year remembrance show for Neil this Thursday ( today) 2pm-4pm Eastern.
  7. :heart: Happy Birthday, Neil! :heart: It's your birthday, but we received the gift.
  8. Nice video from Neil
  9. Once you RUSH posers get your hands on the new RUSH Vapor Trails remix edition, will it mean the end of the road for your VT 2002 copy? Or will you find yourself sticking with the old one??? Only time will tell of course, but what is your feeling right now based on the two VT song remixes from a while back? :hi: :hi: :hi: :hi: :hi: :guitar:
  10. Neil is featured on/in the February issue of PROG magazine. It is usually available in Barnes and Noble stores, and it's available here as well- you can choose single issue 106 in the lower right of the page- https://www.newsstan...bscription.aspx From PROG- "Subs copies are arriving now so here's the cover of Prog 106, which is on sale next Tuesday February 4. There was only ever one man who was going to grace the cover of this issue and we pay tribute to late RUSH drummer Neil Peart who sadly died last month aged 67. We speak to those who knew him and explore his lyrics and his drumming while the prog and rock world also remember the man they called 'The Professor' (see first comment). There are also brand new exclusive interviews with SOFT MACHINE, Oliver Wakeman, Iamthemorning's Marjana Semkina, District 97, GODSTICKS, 65daysofstatic, Moon Duo, Exploring Birdsong, The Far Meadow, Nightwish's Marko Hietala, Nicolas Godin, A Formal Horse, Colin Edwin and more... And music from M-opus, Tirill, How far to hitchin, PANOPLY and more on the CD. Prog 106 - A Tribute to the late Neil Peart. On sale Tuesday February 4..."
  11. A few more larger type Neil memorial events have popped up, so I'll just list them here, and any more if I come across them. This first one is in Nashville, February 23rd. Event ticket link- https://www.eventbri...yOHSTyviXpgvxBk
  12. I just want to share my reaction when I saw that Neil had announced his retirement. Not sure when everyone else found out but I only found out today. Obviously it was expected but... I woke up, got my phone and opened Facebook and the first thing I saw was "Neil Peart announces his retirement" now, before I even finished reading this, I genuinely thought it was going to say he'd died or something so I absolutely shat myself and my heart dropped. Then I realised what it actually said and I just burst out crying for about 5 minutes. Obviously this seems like an overreaction but I was still half asleep and I'm an emotional person okay. Please share your reactions and make me feel really daft! :)
  13. Just finished watching the bluray this evening. Sounded just fine in my opinion and met my expectations. However I was really surprised at the lack of Neil footage. There were MANY moments of classic Neil fills that I expected close ups of, which were not caught on camera. Either the camera panned back to Ged or Alex, or did just another of numerous crowd shots. It reminded me of ESL which also had a distinct lack of Neil footage, which was frustrating as a kid for me because I'm such a fan of his, but is acceptable for the time of filming. Now with all of the limitless technology available, it seems like either poor planning or poor editing. Anyone agree??
  14. x1yyz

    There's Still Hope!

    There is a new interview with Neil in Modern Drummer magazine. There are two bits I found interesting (both in the last few paragraphs). One is that Neil loves seeing people singing and air drumming along with the music. The other is this quote: So, we may still get new music from Rush! *fingers crossed* :rush:
  15. Neil has posted BubbaGram #2, in which it seems pretty clear that Rush is done touring. http://www.neilpeart.net/index.php?cID=283
  16. My cousin, a huge Rush fan, once told me that the lyrics to The Analog Kid, New World Man, and Digital Man were based off of Alex, Neil, and Geddy respectively. I have done a fair amount of searching on the internet to try to confirm this and I have come up with nothing. Can any tell me if there is any shred of truth to this?
  17. Hi all! I'm a new poster, but have been a die hard Rush fan since for 30 years. One thing that I have always wanted to read, is what Geddy, Alex, and Neil each think in detail in retrospect on the development, writing, production, and feelings on each of their albums. I've heard a few things here and there from each of them, but I would like to know which records are each of their favorites and why, not just at the time of release, but in recent years. If course, the albums I'm most interested in hearing about are my favorites: Signals, Grace, Power Windows, Hold Your Fire, Presto, and Roll The Bones. Thanks for your help!
  18. I'm not sure if I'm like any of them myself, besides sharing a birthday with Geddy? I think I'd be more of an Alex due to his sense of humor with a little Geddy on the side for his refined side :D
  19. For local Vancouver fans of RUSH. We need your support to keep the music of RUSH alive! Come see your local RUSH tribute band "Moving Pictures" Live at the Blue Frog in White rock BC Saturday Sept 28 2013. http://www.bluefrogstudios.ca/newshows.html https://www.facebook.com/MovingpicturesRushTribute http://www.soundslikerush.com/index.html
  20. Possible spoilers about what they'll play at the induction ceremony. http://www.thespec.c...aciously-bitter Rush was just starting to hit its stride on the world scene when the critics turned on progressive rock. The year was 1977 and Rush, a band that started out playing blues-rock in bars around southern Ontario, had been increasingly influenced by British prog rockers like King Crimson, Yes, Genesis and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. You can hear it in the band’s 1976 breakthrough album, 2112 and, even more in the followups: A Farewell To Kings (1977), Hemispheres (1978), Permanent Waves (1980) and Moving Pictures (1981). But, in 1977, the critics, especially those from influential Rolling Stone magazine, turned their attention elsewhere. Suddenly, The Sex Pistols, Ramones and The Clash were the bands that mattered. Punk was good. Prog was bad. Rush, personified by Geddy Lee’s high-pitched shriek, Alex Lifeson’s multilayered guitars and Neil Peart’s sci-fi lyrics, was an easy target. Rush fans — millions of them — were stigmatized as pretentious mullet-heads who would eventually grow out of their adolescent love for Rush and discover the true meaning of rock ’n’ roll. Interestingly enough, the fans stuck by the Canadian trio. Those fans grew up into business executives, lawyers and surgeons who still cherish their Rush records. During the past few years, critical opinions have changed. Lifeson and Lee are hailed as virtuosos. Peart is revered as rock’s greatest living drummer. Their influence on modern prog-metal bands like Tool and System Of A Down has been enormous. The Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame induction committee, led by longtime Rolling Stone publisher Jan Wenner, was slow to react to this changing tide. It took 15 years of Rush eligibility and more than 40,000 signatures on an online petition before they finally came to their senses and put the band on the nomination list. On Thursday, long-suffering Rush fans will receive their pound of flesh when the Canadian rock trio is inducted into the Hall of Fame during a gala concert/ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles (broadcast on HBO on Saturday, May 18 at 9 p.m.). The band members say they will accept the honour “graciously.” Still, some bitterness lingers. “We were eligible for 15 years and it really didn’t matter to us,” Lifeson told The Spectator in a phone interview from his Toronto home. “We joked about it. In fact we kind of wore it as a badge of honour that there was a core inside the committee that did not want us in there. Some said, ‘Over my dead body,’ literally, ‘before Rush gets in here.’ Which is fine, they can do whatever they want. It’s their museum. “So at the end of the day, it didn’t really matter to us at all. It was kind of nice to have that controversy go away, to a point. But our fans were very insulted by it and burned by it. Now they feel vindicated by it. Certainly not all of them do. There’s certainly a lot of Rush fans who think we should ignore it. “But the proper, courteous thing to do is to go and accept it graciously, try to make everybody happy, move on and never have to deal with it again.” Lifeson is well aware of the history and believes there are many other bands still suffering from that ’70s prog-rock backlash. “There seems to be a sense of unfairness, not just about us, but the whole genre of progressive rock music,” Lifeson, 59, says. “You can argue that a lot of bands should be in there even before us. Deep Purple has had an incredible impact on rock music and so many bands, as has Yes and King Crimson. There’s a long list. The Moody Blues should have been in there. They were incredibly inspiring to a lot of young musicians.” Still, there’s little doubt that Rush has benefitted from the controversy. It’s been a rallying point for diehard fans and forced outsiders to have a second look. Rush seem to be more popular now than ever before. Tours are guaranteed sellouts — there are still some tickets available for Rush’s July 6 date at Copps Coliseum — and the Rush fans can now wear their T-shirts with pride. “It’s really changed,” Lifeson says. “When you go back to the ’70s, we had lots of very negative press. It was water off the back after a while. “Now it seems we can’t get bad press. I miss it,” he laughs. “It’s just so odd that here we are, 40 years later, and now we’re respectable. Everyone wants a piece of us. It’s very fascinating, interesting.” One of the things that are making the Hall of Fame ceremony more palatable is the fact that Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins will be at the podium introducing Lifeson, Lee and Peart. The two Foo Fighters were selected by the Hall of Fame to do the induction with the approval of Rush. “They are keen Rush fans and they understand where we come from,” Lifeson says. “In a lot of ways the Foo Fighters are similar. They stick to their guns and do things in their own way. Certainly Dave (Grohl) has come up for the last 25 years with that same sense of integrity and work ethic. They are terrific guys, the perfect choice.” Rush has been asked to perform some of the better known songs at the induction ceremony. “Tom Sawyer, Spirit of Radio and maybe YYZ,” Lifeson says. “They’ve asked us to do classic, kind of iconic songs and those three are the ones.” Will Grohl and Hawkins join Rush? Perhaps drumming with Peart? “There’s always a chance,” Lifeson says cryptically. “We’re working on some things.”
  21. Which member best reveals your personality? And they are in alphabetical order. For me it has to be Neil just from his writings, but Alex for his humor and overall behavior. So it was REALLY difficult for me to choose... but, by a nose (wow, a Geddy trait), it just has to be Neil!!
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