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January 10, 2020



A sad loss and a reminder of the passage of time. Unquestionably one of the greatest rock drummers of all time, Neil Peart was clearly an artist AND a technician. There was never any gratuitous hot-dogging or showing off, his work was always real and precise. This was obvious from the beginning when I first started hearing about Rush around 1978-79 when I was in middle school. Contrary to their well-known reputation as a 'geek' band, it seemed that all the Rush fans I came across at that time were the biggest misfit, juvenile delinquents my community had to offer which of course made the band all the more appealing to me. "Moving Pictures" came out in the middle of my freshman year of high school in 1981. 'Tom Sawyer' and 'Limelight' were in constant rotation on the local rock station while the faithful that bought the album were at home spinning other deep cuts like 'YYZ' and 'Red Barchetta'. This was while the major cuts from their previous album "Permanent Waves" were still getting heavy airplay. It was a good time to be a rock fan. The culture still seemed to exist in it's genuine form. The picture posted above from the 2112 LP speaks volumes...these guys were different. I mean Neil had a freaking handlebar mustache! They certainly weren't punk but they were weird enough that you understood they had heavier shit on their minds than alot of the other bands of the time. Somehow it doesn't seem like a long time ago...but it was.

Job well done Mr. Peart, rest in peace.

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