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    Neil Peart RIP

    Neil Peart, the drummer of iconic Canadian band Rush, has died at age 67.

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    Just saw that as well! SUCKS!
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    Friends just shared the news. So sad. Only 67.
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    Truly sad.

    For those who haven’t seen their induction, a must see. IMO one of the best few minutes on film of our lifetime. Stick around to the end when Alex/guitar tells the story of how awards committee screwed them for years.

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    Very sad, quite possibly the best drummer ever. He passed on Wednesday yet no news until today, Friday.
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    Heard it from Chuck. Terrible news.

    "When I heard that he was gone, I felt a shadow cross my heart."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    Heard it from Chuck. Terrible news.

    "When I heard that he was gone, I felt a shadow cross my heart."

    Rush, Nobody's Hero.
    Same here, I actually heard it from Hawg. I know you’re “THE” biggest RUSH fan on this site. I on the other hand am a long time fan. Such a loss to the music industry. Pretty sad that it’s becoming so common in recent years. Pretty soon the only ones left will be “boy band members”.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I know you’re “THE” biggest RUSH fan on this site.
    No, that is me.
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    Neil playing with Buddy Rich's band.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    No, that is me.
    Take it up with Finch.


    I’ll be over here eating popcorn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    No, that is me.
    It's all you, man. I don't know where DJ came up with that tidbit of absurdity.
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    Never a fan of Rush myself, but he was a great percussionist, and 67 ain't even old! Very sad news.
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    I imagine Str8edge must be gutted. I know Peart was his hero.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    It's all you, man. I don't know where DJ came up with that tidbit of absurdity.
    Are you going through the denials again?

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    Major bummer. He was one of the best percussionists ever... and no slouch in the song writing department either. May he RIP.

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    RIP...one of the best ever. I've read he was a very private person and was an avid motorcyclist. He often took off riding for days to where ever the road took him. Here's a great article about him...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sturge View Post
    RIP...one of the best ever. I've read he was a very private person and was an avid motorcyclist. He often took off riding for days to where ever the road took him. Here's a great article about him...

    https://www.cycleworld.com/hundred-m...st-neil-peart/
    And before he got into motorcycle touring, he’d regularly ride his bicycle from town to town while the band was on tour… whilst Geddy and Alex rode in the cushy tour bus.
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    Both NBC yesterday and CBS today have played clips of Rush songs for bumper music.
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    A lot of interesting stuff here about Neil. RIP.

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    I never realized he was 6'4". Probably explains why he was seated in most Rush publicity photos. He was a big dude.

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    I really enjoyed reading this analysis of his playing: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/m...ribute-936430/
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Are you going through the denials again?

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    Yeah, I'm such a huge fan that I just found out that it's pronounced 'Peert' and not 'Pert'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    Yeah, I'm such a huge fan that I just found out that it's pronounced 'Peert' and not 'Pert'.
    So what you’re saying is that my memory of you talking about them for the last 10 or so years is just a figment?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    I really enjoyed reading this analysis of his playing: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/m...ribute-936430/
    I was a huge fan way back when, seeing them a few times in concert. Peart was incredibly intelligent, and super meticulous with his playing. Everything was always tight.

    I remember reading some interview from maybe 10-15 years ago in which he pretty much snubbed his playing style, saying something along that lines that he'd been doing it wrong all along. Wow....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankout View Post
    I was a huge fan way back when, seeing them a few times in concert. Peart was incredibly intelligent, and super meticulous with his playing. Everything was always tight.

    I remember reading some interview from maybe 10-15 years ago in which he pretty much snubbed his playing style, saying something along that lines that he'd been doing it wrong all along. Wow....
    Yeah, there's a youtube video out there of him talking about not playing "through the drums", playing more "circular" and letting the sticks rebound as opposed to trying to hammer the hell out of the kit. He took lessons from a guru, and I would argue that it made his playing a lot more boring. Or maybe it was the songwriting that was boring me.

    I loved the old stuff up to a certain point, and while I attempted to get into what they were doing in the later years, it just didn't resonate with me.

    Never did see them live, but have plenty of live DVDs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    So what you’re saying is that my memory of you talking about them for the last 10 or so years is just a figment?
    I've talked about them and other bands as well. Doesn't mean I'm the #1 fan on the site of any of them.
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    Playing Moving Pictures at work now on my headphones. Finding it hard not to air drum and annoy my cube neighbors.
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    I've been watching this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HLD5lxrQV4

    ....prior to Neil dying. Been trying to get better at understanding drums to improve my role as a bass player.

    Neil was such an excellent human being and beyond category in investing in his craft.
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    RIP Neil.
    Saw them live many times when I was a kid. Neil always amazed me.
    Was a huge fan until the early 80's. They kinda lost me after Moving Pictures and Exit Stage Left.
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    I was a fan of their early stuff. I played this over and over at 14 years old.

    Check this early version of Fly by Night. No fancy double neck guitars and the drum set is a fraction of what came later on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Mega View Post
    I've been watching this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HLD5lxrQV4

    ....prior to Neil dying. Been trying to get better at understanding drums to improve my role as a bass player.

    Neil was such an excellent human being and beyond category in investing in his craft.
    Check out some Tool since you're exploring the bass/drums interplay. Justin Chancellor does some cool stuff. Forget about Danny Carey....damn.
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    Wow that's sad news, one of the best drummers ever.

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    Always thought that Rush played very complex interesting music. 15 years ago I figured they weren’t gonna be around forever so I saw them when they played locally and holy shit what a show they put on..I’ve always been intrigued with Neil being that he was the main lyricist of the band’s songs, toured the world on a motorcycle (and bicycle), we’ve lost a total renaissance man. RIP

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    Sirius XM Deep Tracks was dedicating yesterday's broadcast to Neil/Rush.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curveball View Post
    I imagine Str8edge must be gutted. I know Peart was his hero.
    definitely...didn't see this thread until today - work has been real busy - but man, I never thought this day would actually come. The whole band has been like a second family to me! I was actually playing drums when I got the text from my friend...spent last weekend in a daze for sure. I remember as a kid thinking about what it would be like when my heroes started passing....wooooosh...and here are those days!

    I have been listening to the whole discography this week, and playing along to as much as I can...and trying to learn new.

    Glad I saw them so many times in the past...
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    I have no doubt he was the greatest rock drummer of all time. The group and song format was made around him, as opposed to centering it around the singer or lead guitarist. Just like Keith Emerson was the best keyboardist.

    Now for best guitarist: Hendrix, Nugent, Page, Travers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richj8990 View Post
    I have no doubt he was the greatest rock drummer of all time. The group and song format was made around him, as opposed to centering it around the singer or lead guitarist. Just like Keith Emerson was the best keyboardist.

    Now for best guitarist: Hendrix, Nugent, Page, Travers.
    I'd add Eddie Van Halen, Duane Allman, Stevie Wonder and Steve Winwood to your list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richj8990 View Post
    I have no doubt he was the greatest rock drummer of all time. The group and song format was made around him, as opposed to centering it around the singer or lead guitarist. Just like Keith Emerson was the best keyboardist.

    Now for best guitarist: Hendrix, Nugent, Page, Travers.
    Nugent, huh?

    That's a new one on me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    Nugent, huh?

    That's a new one on me.
    I almost fell over when i read that. Yeah, I'm going to have to say - no on that. Just no.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    Nugent, huh?

    That's a new one on me.
    I used to enjoy some of his music but his politics ruined it for me. I can't get past it...but I digress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by richj8990 View Post
    I have no doubt he was the greatest rock drummer of all time. The group and song format was made around him, as opposed to centering it around the singer or lead guitarist. Just like Keith Emerson was the best keyboardist.

    Now for best guitarist: Hendrix, Nugent, Page, Travers.
    Putting Nugent anywhere near Hendrix and Page, now that's funny. Sweaty Teddy might be the best guitarist with a bow, but not an axe.
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    best guitarist to me is Lifeson...he did everything those guys all did, but was also a master at chords, writing, touch, effects, filling space, creating space etc.

    no one will agree with me, but I honestly think he is the best guitarist from the 70's...

    I gauge it by the amount of cover band situations I have been in/come across where no one could do a Rush song b/c no one could cop the guitar parts/sound/feel of Lifeson...bass and drums are tricky, but doable. Lifesons guitar parts are not just power chords and root harmonic structures...

    I also gauge it by the fact that I am not good at guitar, but can play much of the Zepplin/Hendrix/Van Halen (minus solo's) etc stuff, and none of the Rush stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by str8edgMTBMXer View Post
    best guitarist to me is Lifeson...he did everything those guys all did, but was also a master at chords, writing, touch, effects, filling space, creating space etc.

    no one will agree with me, but I honestly think he is the best guitarist from the 70's...

    I gauge it by the amount of cover band situations I have been in/come across where no one could do a Rush song b/c no one could cop the guitar parts/sound/feel of Lifeson...bass and drums are tricky, but doable. Lifesons guitar parts are not just power chords and root harmonic structures...

    I also gauge it by the fact that I am not good at guitar, but can play much of the Zepplin/Hendrix/Van Halen (minus solo's) etc stuff, and none of the Rush stuff.
    I would put David Gilmour in that category as well.

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    Hendrix is very, very difficult to play accurately. This is the only Youtube guy I've seen who comes close. Most guitarist get it 90%. Also, when playing live Hendrix was usually singing and playing this stuff! His Monterey stuff is truly incredible.


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    Quote Originally Posted by str8edgMTBMXer View Post
    best guitarist to me is Lifeson...he did everything those guys all did, but was also a master at chords, writing, touch, effects, filling space, creating space etc.

    no one will agree with me, but I honestly think he is the best guitarist from the 70's...

    I gauge it by the amount of cover band situations I have been in/come across where no one could do a Rush song b/c no one could cop the guitar parts/sound/feel of Lifeson...bass and drums are tricky, but doable. Lifesons guitar parts are not just power chords and root harmonic structures...

    I also gauge it by the fact that I am not good at guitar, but can play much of the Zepplin/Hendrix/Van Halen (minus solo's) etc stuff, and none of the Rush stuff.
    I would rate Lifeson pretty high on creativity and like you said creating space and filling space. And I doubt many of the later greater guitarist would have ever picked up a guitar if they hadn't heard 2112 or A farewell To Kings when they were 10yo.

    For me it's Stevie Ray Vaughan, hands down.

    In July of 1990 I had the pleasure of seeing SRV at the Fox Theater in St.Louis. About a month and a half before he died. And would have to say that man was flawless. Hands down the best concert I have ever had the pleasure to attend. I think the Fabulous Fox is a 4500 seat venue and not a bad seat in the house.
    I had won tickets from the radio station KSHE 95 and was in the 3rd or 4th row center stage. It was one of the few Holy SH$T! moments in life and I left there in awe vowing to see him in concert every chance I could get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    Hendrix is very, very difficult to play accurately. This is the only Youtube guy I've seen who comes close. Most guitarist get it 90%. Also, when playing live Hendrix was usually singing and playing this stuff! His Monterey stuff is truly incredible.

    oh I agree...I definitely do not play his stuff with the right feel etc...mostly cause I suck at guitar...I am not putting down what he did for sure...

    but I feel like Lifesons underrated status is due to the popularity bug

    comparing Rush to Zep (representing the well known band of the time)

    Jimmy Page is a God b/c of marketing...Lifeson flew under the radar in a way technically, and honestly more groovy/heavy/classical band. But rush was "for nerds", so they didn't ge the press, and therefore the recognition

    I did a quick listen today on break to a few Zep songs versus Rush songs, and from beginning to end, there was not a Zep song where the guitar part by itself was the real deal all the way through the song...I think Page was actually pretty sloppy a lot of the time...but I think that is also part of his "vibe"

    I know most will think this is all sacrilege, but it is how I hear it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by str8edgMTBMXer View Post
    oh I agree...I definitely do not play his stuff with the right feel etc...mostly cause I suck at guitar...I am not putting down what he did for sure...

    but I feel like Lifesons underrated status is due to the popularity bug

    comparing Rush to Zep (representing the well known band of the time)

    Jimmy Page is a God b/c of marketing...Lifeson flew under the radar in a way technically, and honestly more groovy/heavy/classical band. But rush was "for nerds", so they didn't ge the press, and therefore the recognition

    I did a quick listen today on break to a few Zep songs versus Rush songs, and from beginning to end, there was not a Zep song where the guitar part by itself was the real deal all the way through the song...I think Page was actually pretty sloppy a lot of the time...but I think that is also part of his "vibe"

    I know most will think this is all sacrilege, but it is how I hear it...
    Here's an outside the box underrated guitar picker: Jerry Reed. He was known for his goofy tv/movie persona, but was a true music prodigy. He could play nearly any style, and like Hendrix, Mozart, Charlie Parker, and many other great musicians.... had perfect pitch and recall for music...ie he could play and remember anything after one listen.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    Here's an outside the box underrated guitar picker: Jerry Reed. He was known for his goofy tv/movie persona, but was a true music prodigy. He could play nearly any style, and like Hendrix, Mozart, Charlie Parker, and many other great musicians.... had perfect pitch and recall for music...ie he could play and remember anything after one listen.

    totally know about him...when i joined my rockabilly/cowpunk band, our guitar player turned me onto these guys...like the Yngwie of the 50's and 60's!! He called them the orignal shredders
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    I'll agree that Lifeson didn't seem to get the attention he deserved, maybe he was overlooked due to his bandmates getting so much attention?

    I've always liked Blackmore (and a lot of others), just watched a documentary on him last week on Youtube.

    And Nugent shouldn't be mentioned with any of these.
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    Don't forget Gary Moore. The '59 Peter Green Les Paul that now belongs to Kirk Hammett. Maybe the best sounding burst ever.


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    BTW we're not high jacking the thread, we're talking about the spirit of music. Neil would be happy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    BTW we're not high jacking the thread, we're talking about the spirit of music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by str8edgMTBMXer View Post
    best guitarist to me is Lifeson...he did everything those guys all did, but was also a master at chords, writing, touch, effects, filling space, creating space etc.

    no one will agree with me, but I honestly think he is the best guitarist from the 70's...

    I gauge it by the amount of cover band situations I have been in/come across where no one could do a Rush song b/c no one could cop the guitar parts/sound/feel of Lifeson...bass and drums are tricky, but doable. Lifesons guitar parts are not just power chords and root harmonic structures...

    I also gauge it by the fact that I am not good at guitar, but can play much of the Zepplin/Hendrix/Van Halen (minus solo's) etc stuff, and none of the Rush stuff.
    I agree. His solos come across as having meaning to them. At any moment, I can recall each of his solos in my mind with amazing clarity.

    He's certainly my favorite guitarist. An extremely funny guy too.
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    With the death of Peart, rock lost it's best drummer.

    But what about metal? My vote is for the obscure Russ Givens, AKA Sir Proscriptor McGovern of ABSU / Melechesh. No one works harder on the drums than this dude. Check him out during an audition with Kerry King for Dave Lombardo's job:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaHhvefoneo

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    Quote Originally Posted by richj8990 View Post
    With the death of Peart, rock lost it's best drummer.

    But what about metal? My vote is for the obscure Russ Givens, AKA Sir Proscriptor McGovern of ABSU / Melechesh. No one works harder on the drums than this dude. Check him out during an audition with Kerry King for Dave Lombardo's job:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaHhvefoneo
    he would be up there for sure!! Honestly, I never thought I would see the band ABSU mentioned on this site!!!!!

    I think MOST of the drummers of this genre get overlooked b/c "all they do is play fast..."

    being a drummer for my 9-5, I only ever hear of guys who "play groove" as being the best...

    I also think Matt Gartska (Animals As Leaders) should be in running for "best"
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