Neil Peart’s ‘2112’ Drum Kit Heading to Auction

A drum set owned by late Rush drummer Neil Peart — and played both onstage and in the studio between 1974 and 1977 — is headed to auction.

The kit is expected to bring between $80,000 and $120,000 as part of Bonhams’ online music memorabilia sale, scheduled between Nov. 23 and Dec. 9.

Peart — who joined the band on July 29, 1974, replacing original drummer John Rutsey — purchased the chrome, double bass drum Slingerland set in late July or early August 1974 from Long & McQuade music store in Toronto. He played the kit at his first Rush gig, opening for Manfred Mann‘s Earth Band at Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena on Aug. 14.

The kit became a staple for the drummer-lyricist during his early years in the lineup. He used it to record his first three studio albums with the group: 1975’s Fly by Night and Caress of Steel; and 1976’s 2112. He also played it during Rush’s three-night stand at Toronto’s Massey Hall, where they recorded their first live LP, 1976’s All the World’s a Stage.

Shortly after that concert recording, Peart retired the Slingerland and placed it in storage. A decade later, he included it as a giveaway prize — along with two other kits – for Modern Drummer‘s March 1987 issue. According to Bonhams, the set was awarded to New York drummer Mark Feldman in the October 1987 issue, and it was sold by Feldman to its present owner.

The decked-out Slingerland features plenty of the accessories, including a bell tree, temple blocks and multiple cowbells. Full details are available at the Bonhams site, and pictures are available below.

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Album John Lennon Signed for His Killer Is Up for Auction

The copy of John Lennon and Yoko Ono‘s Double Fantasy that the ex-Beatle signed for his killer, Mark David Chapman, is going up for sale at auction.

Goldin Auctions is handling the sale, placing a minimum price of $400,000, with bidding opening on Nov. 23 The record features Lennon’s autograph and the year — 1980 — around Ono’s jaw as well as several markings that the police added when it was entered as evidence. It comes with a letter of authenticity as well as a Plexiglass holder.

In the late-afternoon of Dec. 8, 1980, Chapman asked Lennon, who was leaving his apartment at the Dakota in New York, to sign his copy of Double Fantasy, which had been released less than a month earlier. Lennon obliged, and he and Ono went to the Record Plant for a session. They returned nearly six hours later to find Chapman waiting, at which point he shot Lennon to death. A photo of Lennon signing the cover as Chapman watched made the cover of the New York Daily News‘ evening edition the next day.

According to the listing, Chapman had placed the record in a planter next to the Dakota, and it was later discovered by someone who turned it into the police, then stored it under his bed for 18 years upon return. The album was first sold in 1999 for $150,000, and changed hands in 2003 and 2010, when it went for $850,000. The LP went back on sale in 2017 with an asking price of $1.5 million.

Chapman is currently serving a life sentence at the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, N.Y. Earlier this year, he was denied parole for the 11th time. He will be eligible again in 2022.

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See Kiss’ ‘Dynasty’ Album Cover Recreated With 4,000 Legos

Longtime Kiss fan Eli Echevarria made the best of his pandemic downtime by recreating the band’s Dynasty album cover in Lego mosaic form.

He says it took thousands of ordinary store-bought bricks and somewhere between “eight to 10 hours” to recreate the art from the divisive 1979 album in this format.

“There’s no customization,” Echevarria tells UCR. “It’s just over 4,000 individual pieces to make the actual mosaic, plus the additional pieces to make the border and the four base plates that make up the background. Painting a Lego piece or anything like that is frowned upon in the community. You’re supposed to ‘use what you got.'”

COVID-19 put Echevarria’s full-time job playing John Lennon in the Beatles tribute group BritBeat on hold. “This isn’t a bar band, this is a real thing,” he notes. “We’d play internationally at performance halls and theaters and cruise ships, and all that went away.”

After collecting Lego sets for about eight years, Echevarria was finally ready to try making his own mosaic: “It’s a passion for my son and I. We’re very familiar with Lego. Any time we would go to a Lego exhibit or anything outside the house that was Lego-related, we always saw Lego mosaics, and we’d say, ‘It would be cool to do one someday.’

“Then I found myself sitting at home, and I said, I’ve got to find another outlet for my creativity. So I started painting, and I started making Lego mosaics. First, I did a Charlie Chaplin and a couple of John Lennons.”

Kiss were the next natural subject. “I’ve been a fan since 1976, when I was four years old,” he says. “I have a very very good memory of watching them on the Paul Lynde Halloween special. I’ve been a die-hard fan my entire life. I’ve seen them in concert over 50 times. It was a given that I would do Kiss.”

Although he cites 1976’s Destroyer as his favorite Kiss album, Echevarria had a good reason for recreating the Dynasty cover instead. “I was just looking for what would be a good image that would translate well in mosaics,” he points out. “The problem is that the more detail there is, the bigger the mosaic has to be. So, to do something like the Love Gun or Destroyer covers, it would have to be a really big mosaic, because the figures have full bodies and a lot of detail. So, Dynasty or the solo album covers, those would translate well. Not many other Kiss covers would at that size.”

He says the process itself starts with a pixelated version of an image. “The challenge is you really have to stand back from a distance to see the image properly,” he notes. “The closer you get to it, the more all you see are just colored squares. So when I’m doing these, I have to stand back and take a look at it and work that way. You start it on a computer – that’s the smartest way to figure out the basics. You use Photoshop as the foundation and go from there.”

Earlier this year, Lego released an official Beatles mosaic set, which retails for $125 and includes one member of the Fab Four. The look and price of that set is one of the reasons Echevarria wanted to create his own. “As much as I love Lego, I wasn’t highly impressed with their Beatles set, mainly because I thought that John looked like an ugly woman, and the Paul [McCartney] isn’t great,” he notes. “As good as the George [Harrison] and Ringo [Starr] are, the other two aren’t as great. That was actually the first thing that made me think, ‘I can do better than this.'”

Echevarria is now putting his Lego mosaic creations up for sale. “I’m hoping that somebody will pick them up,” he says. “Because of the cost associated with them, the plan is to sell, and then use part of that money to buy more bricks in order to make the next one. I don’t have an endless inventory.”

(Echevarria’s Kiss Dynasty mosaic and other art are available for purchase. Contact him at [email protected]. You can also visit the Brush Aside Paintings Etsy store.)

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