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RIP Neil Peart

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Junkie, Jan 10, 2020.

  1. Neutral Corner

    Neutral Corner Well-Known Member

    Give 'em "The Kids Are Alright" to watch.
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  2. Junkie

    Junkie Active Member

    One of the best things about Peart/Rush was the subtle humor, often found on liner notes. The plywood you speak of was a set of wind chimes smashed onto a wooden table to create the crashing sound during Lifeson's guitar solo.

    Pretty amazing that news of Peart's death didn't get out for three days, given his celebrity status. Much more impressive that news of his illness never went anywhere, because you know people had to have known. That's a pretty good sign of how well respected the man was, as a person, not a musician/writer/celebrity. Not a peep until he died.

    Interesting that Peart wrote in "Dreamline" that "we're only immortal for a limited time." His immortality is not limited.
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  3. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Well-Known Member

    Alex Lifeson always had them breaking up openly. Neil Peart's humor was much more subtle.

    Was that the plywood, Junkie? Second-hand info (probably not the National Midnight Star) had that as Peart smashing planks of plywood against a drum stool. Prone to believe your version as that would help explain the faint metallic quality to the sound. The fun part was, as usual, changing traditional timbre roles ... the guitar was backing while the bass was in the foreground (see also "Leave That Thing Alone"). Both excellent instrumentals ... and both a distant second to "La Villa Strangiato."

    Not entirely shocked that the news of his death traveled slowly. Wouldn't be at all surprised if only his immediate family, whatever folks the trio had learned they could trust, Alex and Geddy were the only ones in the loop. When Peart lost his daughter in the car crash and his first wife to cancer, he traveled by motorcycle all over North America. Alex and Geddy kept in touch ... enough to let him know they were thinking, but sporadically enough to let him be and let him breathe. The group was the antithesis of drama ... they made things work pretty smoothly for 40 years. If they didn't, it's the greatest snow job in history.
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  4. Junkie

    Junkie Active Member

    I heard and/or read the thing about the plywood a couple times over the years. There are other accounts, but that one seems to make sense.

    Glad Neil opened up over the last 10 or so years and started doing some interviews. He always said he hated that, but when the mics were on, he always seemed very comfortable.
  5. Chef2

    Chef2 Well-Known Member

    Unbelievable doesn't cover it.
  6. DanielSimpsonDay

    DanielSimpsonDay Well-Known Member

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    DanielSimpsonDay Well-Known Member

  8. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately, the studio stuff, or the stuff they filmed specifically for The Kids Are Alright, was made in 1978, the year he died. It isn't "Willie Mays with the Mets", but it isn't peak Moon.

    Fortunately, there is other great archival footage of Moon in that film.
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  9. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Are there any other big time drummers who wrote lyrics like Peart, but who didn't sing?
  10. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    Wow, I had never seen this. My fave Rush album.
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  11. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Well-Known Member

    How many Rush fans DON'T like "Moving Pictures"?

    One more note - as I'm listening to the offending track. A music professor at the alma mater - who was also the concert band director and one of the best people one could hope to be around - also taught a music appreciation class.

    He had two tracks that everyone listened to at the beginning and end of the semesters. One was Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven." The other was "La Villa Strangiato" by Rush. No, he was not trying to be hip and cool. He didn't show up to class and rehearsal in tie dye and a mushroom cloud. He was making abundantly clear that music is far more than orchestral and choral.
  12. ChrisLong

    ChrisLong Well-Known Member

    Did you ask the prof about Led Zep stealing that opening from Randy California and Spirit? Taurus was published before Stairway.
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