Rush’s Neil Peart Celebrated in New Illustrated Quote Book

An upcoming book of illustrated quotes from Rush‘s Neil Peart will celebrate the late drummer and lyricist’s humor, wisdom and literary talents.

Neil Peart: The Illustrated Quotes — expected to ship on Jan. 12 — pairs the musician’s “words and musings” with black-and-white illustrations from the rock-centric animation studio and book publisher Fantoons.

A product page on the company’s site describes the book as “the first and only Neil Peart quotes collection authorized by Neil himself.”

Fantoons previewed the set with a handful of page samples. One features a quote from a Peart interview with the Los Angeles Times (“Playing a three-hour Rush show is like running a marathon while solving equations”) and an illustration of the drummer doing advanced calculations while running with his drum kit strapped to his back. Another features a quote from Peart’s 2004 book, Traveling Music: Playing Back the Soundtrack to My Life and Times (“‘Now what?’ All my life, those two little words have sparked me with curiosity, restlessness and desire … “) and a drawing of a motorcycle from the drummer’s perspective.

Peart, Rush’s primary lyricist since 1975’s Fly by Night, was also a prolific author, starting with 1996’s The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa. In 2015, Kevin J. Anderson published a novelization of the band’s 19th and final LP, Clockwork Angels, building from Peart’s original lyrics and story. (Anderson’s sequel book, Clockwork Lives, followed in 2016.)

The famed drummer died in January at age 67, following a quiet, three-and-a-half-year battle with a rare form of brain cancer.

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Metallica’s Lars Ulrich Settles John Bonham vs. Neil Peart

When you’re discussing who the greatest drummer of all time is, it’s best to do so with someone who’s actually a drummer themselves. Howard Stern called up Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich to settle the long-standing debate over who the best drummer of all time was — Led Zeppelin‘s John Bonham or Rush‘s Neil Peart.

In a new snippet from Stern’s radio show, the host goes on about how Bonzo was the absolute cream of the crop and cited “When the Levee Breaks” as one of the most iconic, highly-sampled drum beats ever recorded. However, drummer Richard Christy told Stern he would place Peart right at the top with Bonham and pointed out the solo in Rush’s “Tom Sawyer.”

A few other guests went back and forth with their choices as well, but Stern bet $100 that Ulrich would choose Bonham — he called him to settle the score.

“It’s fucking hard,” Ulrich said, shaking his head. “Listen, I’ve been asked that question on and off for 40 years.”

After Stern also name-dropped Cream‘s Ginger Baker and the Who‘s Keith Moon as superior drummers, Ulrich added Deep Purple‘s Ian Paice and AC/DC‘s Phil Rudd. But that still didn’t answer the question at hand.

Ulrich then reflected on the first time he met Peart in 1984 because he had questions about drumming. “I was 20 years old with not a pot to piss in. I called him and we spoke 30, 45 minutes on the phone and were geeking out on drums. The whole thing was like a fairytale. You can’t play drums and not love Neil.”

After a dramatic drumroll, the Metallica drummer finally came to a conclusion. “Between Neil and between John — no disrespect — I’ll have to go with John Bonham.”

Rest in peace to both. See the full video below.

Lars Ulrich Decides: John Bonham vs. Neil Peart

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Neil Peart Tribute Show to Feature Rick Allen and Taylor Hawkins

Some of the biggest names in rock are set to appear in a tribute show to late Rush drummer Neil Peart.

The event takes place on Sept. 12 and is part of the 2020 Modern Drummer Festival. Carmine Appice, Rick Allen of Def Leppard, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante, former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy and Todd Sucherman of Styx are among the long list of scheduled performers.

Tickets to the live-streamed event start at $12.99, with virtual V.I.P. packages – including virtual meet-and-greets – available at higher price points. All tickets include re-watch access, allowing fans to relive the performances through Dec. 11.

Proceeds from the event will benefit brain-tumor research at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Peart died of a brain tumor in January, following more than three years battling the cancer.

The influential drummer retired from performing in 2015. His storied career included 19 studio LPs with Rush, more than 40 million albums sold, induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a legacy as one of the most influential drummers in history.

Many of the fellow rockers who honored Peart at the time of his death will be participating in the tribute show.

Portnoy called the Rush drummer “one of my greatest heroes of all time,” while Benante confessed that Peart’s “playing helped shape the drummer I am today.” “Neil Peart had the hands of God,” Hawkins declared. “End of story.”

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Neil Peart Tribute Included for 2020 Modern Drummer Festival

A who’s who of drumming will be taking part in the 2020 Modern Drummer Festival, which will also serve as a tribute to one of the greatest drummers of all-time, Rush‘s Neil Peart.

The drummer passed away in January of this year and the respect he commanded among his peers was immense. The festival, which will stream online this Saturday (Sept. 12), will include a tribute to Peart featuring an all-star lineup of musicians. Proceeds from the show will also go to benefit brain tumor research at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in memory of the drum legend.

The lineup for the event includes Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith, Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins, Anthrax’s Charlie Benante, Def Leppard’s Rick Allen, Korn’s Ray Luzier, Sons of Apollo’s Mike Portnoy, Kenny Aronoff, Carmine Appice, Brian Tichy, Styx’s Todd Sucherman, Jason Bittner, Stewart Copeland, Cindy Blackman-Santana, Narada Michael Walden, Greg Bissonette and many more.

To catch the show, you’ll need a ticket for the livestream. It’s $12.99 and you can purchase your ticket via Fite.TV. The Modern Drummer Festival will air at 8PM ET / 5PM PT this Saturday (Sept. 12).

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