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Neil Peart reacts to 2112's MasterWorks honor

Sat, Oct 21, 2006@10:22AM | comments

[Rush preserved for posterity]

A few days ago the news came out that The Audio-Visual Preservation Trust would be honoring Rush's 2112 as part of their MasterWorks program. Neil Peart recently reacted to the news and had mixed feelings:

... "It seems a worthy thing," says Peart on the line from Los Angeles, where Rush is working on a new album to be released next year. "We've been slowly trying to rescue our old master tapes and transfer them to digital because they do degrade horribly over time. So I understand the necessity of what they're doing."

Whether Peart would have chosen that album or any other by Rush for preservation is another matter.

"I accept the transitory nature of music in general and especially popular music," he says. "As a listener I move on and very rarely go back and listen to anything I listened to 30 years ago. I'm always about moving forward. When an artist I like puts out a new record, I don't listen to the old one any more.

"I see it the same way with Rush. When we tour, we play those songs. They're still great to play and I'm still proud of many of them. But I would definitely fear the realization that the best record we made was 10 or 20 years ago. That would be hard to live with." ...