A Farewell To Kings

Seen from above, the residential Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire is a block of buildings – the old stables, filled with glass sheets, act as a real echo chamber – set as a quadrangle around the main courtyard.

Spotting a rare interlude in among the constant drizzle, drummer Neil Peart is quickly out on the cobbles, toying with some percussion blocks, their repercussive zing bouncing sharply off the surrounding bricks.

Somewhere above the collective heads of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and producer Terry Brown, a light bulb sparks into life.

Rush releases their 5th album on September 1, 1977 …

The isolated drums of Neil Peart on Rush’s classic ‘2112’

The late, great Neil Peart is arguably the greatest drummer of all time and his work with Canada’s prog-rock kings, Rush, proves that he was a maestro of the instrument even if he is too often overlooked as one of the best. A perfect way to see his unstoppable skill is on this isolated drum track from the band’s song ‘2112’.

Source: The isolated drums of Neil Peart on Rush’s classic ‘2112’

The Boys of Almost Spring …

Toronto Blue Jays catcher Caleb Joseph honored his “favorite drummer,” the late Neil Peart, by performing an air-drumming solo to Rush’s “The Spirit of Radio.”

Source: Watch Toronto Blue Jays Player Air Drum to Rush’s Neil Peart

Fly By Night

Neal Peart joins Rush and immediately has an impact, eventually becoming the lyrical driving force for the band.  He pens the title track and much of Fly By Night, released February 15, 1975.

BTW, if you’re one of the lucky ones who has the original vinyl versions of FBN you know it features a locked groove at the end of “By-Tor & The Snow Dog.” The chimes just go on and on and on and on …

Dig it.