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  1. 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?
  2. Wherever you are and whatever you're doing, happy anniversary Earl! :cheers:
  3. 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.
  4. I am not a drummer (guitar), but to me, at least, the dynamics of Neil's kick and snare are quite disparate from album to album. On some of their offerings, I can barely hear the kick and/or the snare sounds like he's hitting a trash can lid. On other albums, the kick punches through so forcefully and/or the snare is like a small cannon or is super tight. IMHO, Counterparts has the best of both worlds~ A nice clear and forceful kick and a perfectly balanced snare. I'm interested to know which album has your favorite drum sound?
  5. My fave is definitely the bass! You gotta love that nice, fat bottom end.
  6. Simple. Pick your favorite Neil Peart drum songs from each album (besides Rush of course) and all together. (I'll be back later to make my post) Enjoy!
  7. I'm assuming that there can't be too many TRFers who are into Electric Six, but I just read this post on the bands facebook from a couple of days ago and thought that y'all would find it pretty neat. https://www.facebook...-6/154062438761 Hamilton, Ontario has birthed some giants in the arts and entertainment sphere. Comedy legends Martin Short, Eugene Levy and Dave Thomas of Second City and SCTV are Hamiltonians. Famed Hollywood director Ivan Reitman also hails from Hamilton, as does contemporary dance/pop act Junior Boys. The focus of Electric Six's discussion today is not on any of these figures, giant as they are. Instead, we choose to discuss Neil Peart, drummer for Canada's most successful rock band ever, Rush. Peart didn't have an easy climb to the top of Rock Drummer Mountain, Crazies. Before joining Rush, he lived in London where work was so scarce for him that he was reduced to selling souvenirs to tourists just to survive. Despite his awesome skin work, Neil wasn't finding things easy, but he didn't pity himself. While in London, he discovered the works of Objectivist writer and libertarian pin up girl Ayn Rand. Rand's boostrap ethos inspired Peart to not give up and to not look to the government for any drumming related handouts. He returned to Canada to work for his father and played in an Ontario band called Hush (rhymes with "Rush," doesn't it, Crazies?). After he toiled that way for awhile, he got tipped to an opportunity to audition for Rush (not Hush) and after making a strange impression, got the gig. The rest was history, as his manic drumming style and lyrical content proved inspirational to millions of nerds worldwide. Neil Peart is a classic example of what happens when you refuse to quit and apply hard money principles to one's life. On Wednesday, July 16, Electric Six will purposefully stride upon a stage at The Casbah in Hamilton, Ontario and will do so with zero assistance from the government. Like Neil Peart, Electric Six is a firm believer in the gold standard and the primacy of the individual above all else. Electric Six worries about rampant inflation and the eroding value of its money. Yet, it doesn't worry nearly as much about having to roll in a wheelbarrow full of dollars to buy a loaf of bread as it does giving the Crazies a good time each and every night. For approximately 70 minutes, inclusive of encore, Electric Six is gonna bust a musical cap in the ass of Hamiltonian Crazies. Percussion World is not Neil Peart and he doesn't have anywhere close to the same sized kit that man uses, but he's gonna lay down a non-stop beat a Crazy won't be able to resist. Percussion World is going to apply Austrian Economics principles to the drums on Wednesday night and you'll see where that gets you, Crazy. It gets you where you want to go. 2 days ago
  8. OK Drummers, lots of hate-on for DW, care to discuss? Is it Neils kits or DW in general? I have a DW and Pearl Kits, love them both, but my FAV Peart Kit is still the RED TAMA's. :Neil: :rush:
  9. 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
  10. For local Vancouver fans of RUSH. 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
  11. This is going to sound really strange, but just hear me out, ok? I had a friend in school who told me that he heard somewhere that Alex Lifeson did the drumming on Rush demo tapes. This is not something I'd ever heard before, and I'm somewhat skeptical since anything I've searched has turned up blank, with the exception of a page on tvtropes about Rush (http://tvtropes.org/...?from=Main.Rush . Somewhere around "Hidden Depths"). I'm inclined to believe that this is where he read it to begin with, but it just doesn't sound right. It just seems too hair-brained to be true, but maybe I don't know about Rush as I thought I did! Can anyone confirm this?
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