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Thread: RIP, Neil Peart

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    Listened to a lot of Rush this weekend.

    Focusing in on the drums, Neil Peart was an absolute artist and magician.
    Masterful doesn’t do justice to the precision with which Neil drums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuse View Post
    Listened to a lot of Rush this weekend.

    Focusing in on the drums, Neil Peart was an absolute artist and magician.
    Masterful doesn’t do justice to the precision with which Neil drums.
    It's been nice to read all the paeans to NP these last few days. Interesting too, how RS claimed that Keith Moon was his drumming hero, since Peart was so methodical and precise, and Moon was the opposite, though just as musical and creative in his own way. There's more than one way to do things.

    But I think the underlying commonality between Neal and Keith is that they both played drums, at times, as a lead instrument. [In fact, you could argue that in The Who, the guitar was usually rhythm and the drums and bass were lead instruments]. I was just a casual fan of Rush, so correct me if I'm wrong, but it seemed to me everyone played rhythm and lead parts - they shared, they took turns/handed off, and it worked amazingly well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cspan37421 View Post
    I was just a casual fan of Rush, so correct me if I'm wrong, but it seemed to me everyone played rhythm and lead parts - they shared, they took turns/handed off, and it worked amazingly well.
    You are correct. You can hear that interplay and exchange in songs like "Freewill," "YYZ," and "La Villa Strangiato." Sometimes, the bass is more of the lead instrument, and the guitar is more atmospheric rhythm in songs like "Marathon" and "Driven." The drums are always stars and bring multiple ideas that develop over the song.

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