Holy crap! That show changed and enhanced what I appreciated in music so much. It's still easily the most technically impressive show I've seen. I don't listen to Rush as much as I used to but I think about them and that concert often.
By their reckoning, the third best drummer ever:
They found Peart working in his uncle's animal feed shop out in the countryside. He was an amazing drummer, technically speaking. Unlike his predecessor, Peart seemed to be a total introvert, and also didn't seem to mesh well with Lee and Lifeson (best pals since middle school). Nevertheless, he proved himself to be a creative leader, writing many of the band's most memorable songs, and crafting lyrics with meaning that go beyond what most hard rock bands were putting out at the time (see 2112 and Moving Pictures).
He took a long hiatus from music about 15 or 20 years ago after the deaths of several family members, and toured North America on his motorcycle. I always wondered about that trip, and what he was able to discover.
This video is a favorite of his playing. He breaks a stick and replaces it without losing a beat. It's hard to notice!
Neil Peart Breaks a Stick
- Neil Peart, The Garden
The beats we feel, the words we scream,
And now you've gone to your eternal rest.
Those inclined to think and feel,
In all good ways did love you Neil,
And know you truly were among the best.
> Selena’s mother – Peart’s common-law wife of 23 years
not sure how to feel about this not-exactly-wife tidbit being thrown in there; just call her his wife - these aren't legal proceedings.
Happy to say I saw them in concert for their 30th anniversary tour, and another time on my birthday where they played the entirety of Moving Pictures. To this day, there hasn't been a concert experience like either of those days.
Lots of black armbands.