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Saturday, November 9, 2013

New Neil Peart news update at NeilPeart.net
9:25AM EST | comments (158) |

[NEWS, WEATHER, and SPORTS: November, 2013 - Angel's Landing]

Neil Peart at Bryce PointNeil Peart has once again updated the news page on his website. The November, 2013 entry is titled Angel's Landing and Neil describes what he's been doing with all his free time since Rush's Clockwork Angels tour ended this past summer, including driving his new Aston Martin Vanquish, going on some hiking trips and revisiting his Ghost Rider book. Neil sounds very happy to have some time off from working:

... this is a portrait of a happy man. And we do not use the word "happy" lightly. The attainment of where he is standing (Angels Landing) will be recounted soon, but the back story is important, too. The rock combo he had played in for thirty-nine years was on "indefinite hiatus," and his bandmates (the Guys at Work) had agreed not to even talk about work for at least a year. ...So for the first time in over a year, he wasn't counting down the days until his next departure. For the first time in ten years, he was free of work obligations and schedules, and for these few days, he was even free of family commitments. Some months ago his wife Carrie announced that she was planning a trip to Chicago and New York City with her mother and their daughter to visit friends of hers, and asked him to join them. When he thought about airports, luggage, hotels, and big cities, he said, "You know what? I've had enough of all that for a while. You girls go and have a good time. I'll stay home-maybe go on a roadtrip for a few days." ...

You can check out the entire update online here.

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#158 - Posted 11/16/13 @6:43AM by dan81b [contact]

Out of curiousity, ìf one was to drive from LA, how long would you expect Neil's road trip to take in total? The scenery seems pretty spectacular so I'm tempted to take it myself.
#157 - Posted 11/14/13 @7:01PM by jiminseattle [contact]

Hi Lisa,

How the heck are ya? Excited for anything and everything Rush.

Guess the thread is far from dead, I stand corrected.

Laters
#156 - Posted 11/14/13 @5:26PM by musicofthespheres [contact]

"incontestably true" kinda brought the thread full circle. "too funny".
#155 - Posted 11/14/13 @4:57PM by lisah [contact]

Jim, good to hear a familiar a"friendly voice". Hope you are as excited as I am for the upcoming releases of next week.Enjoy, my friend.

Jupe,glad to hear that you are also ready for next weeks big opening. Thankfully with Rush we don't have to suffer through any "red carpet"bullshit. Just get down to the business at hand....rocking with the best band and best fans in the world!

KJ, You are supposed to be "underground" until Monday. Go finish that banner sister I'm going to need some great pics!LOL! Like the Ged from the Cincey show! Sweet!

Rush On!
#154 - Posted 11/14/13 @1:41PM by jiminseattle [contact]

They are generally ahead of the curve aren't they.
#153 - Posted 11/14/13 @1:35PM by jupeguyowensound [contact]

Whenever I have "technology" problems like that I just call for the kids!
#152 - Posted 11/14/13 @1:25PM by jiminseattle [contact]

Hey Jupe,

Doing great, it is raining....big surprise! Yeah the DVD will be killer. I can't figure out how to hook my dvd player up to my Yamaha receiver to get the best sound. I am not a technophile that way. Is that a word? Later man.
#151 - Posted 11/14/13 @1:21PM by jupeguyowensound [contact]

Doin' ok Jim. Looking forward to the DVD and the back and forth that will ensue! How's yourself out there in Seattle?
#150 - Posted 11/14/13 @1:03PM by jiminseattle [contact]

Well spoken tintin. "He is much less interesting now than he used to be." No shit.

Jupe, how are ya man?
#149 - Posted 11/14/13 @9:30AM by Tintin [contact]

Some thoughts about all this, which strike me as very difficult to deny, if not incontestably true.

1. Neil is himself, then and now. He writes to express himself. He's not wondering, "How am I going to come off to my fans? If I say what I think, how will this affect my image?" In this respect--if *only* in this respect--the NP of 1981 is utterly continuous (not identical, of course) with NP of 2013. He doesn't really care what his fans think.

2. "He doesn't really care what his fans think." This is no small part of why we like him. We know we're not in the presence of a politician, trying to craft and burnish his image. To use one of NP's favorite words, he has *integrity*.

3. He is much less interesting now than he used to be. Both what he says, and how he says it, are very easy to predict. He writes about the same few topics, in the same ways. Increasingly, he lacks the capacity to surprise.

4. While he has some literary talent, and writes lyrics that do repay careful attention, he's not a nuanced thinker. Then and now, shades of grey do not come easily to the man He has passion, and expresses himself with passion. Often this is the passion of indignation, directed at those whom he deplores.

5. He is not self-critical--at least, not in his public voice. He is, however, self-congrulatory. He's quick to observe that he does not exemplify this or that nasty and generally widespread tendency. He loves to credit himself with feats of moral maturity. If a hint of self-criticism does seep in, it typically assumes the form of contrasting a past self which had traces of a certain vice (e.g. envy) with his present self, which has learned to be blissfully free from any such vice.

6.Once upon a time, I thought he was immeasurably fascinating. Now I don't. But he still does have a certain joie de vivre, as well as the integrity mentioned above, so that he does genuinely express himself--or at least, who he genuinely thinks he is. That's got to count for something.

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