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Neil Peart taping Late Show with David Letterman appearance today

Mon, Jun 6, 2011@12:52PM | comments removed/disabled

UPDATE - 6/7@7:40AM: Reader JMC attended the taping and gave a great report in the comments. Neil dropped a stick a couple of times but was able to do a second take. Apparently the solo was very similar to what he's been playing on tour. Be sure to check out the comments for the full report.

UPDATE - 6/6@7:51PM: Reader Ziegler took these pics of Neil's equipment outside the Ed Sullivan theater this evening.

UPDATE - 6/6@2:50PM: If you want to try to attend the taping, two episodes are being taped today and - from what I'm hearing - the one with Neil is the second one.

A couple of weeks ago we learned via Entertainment Weekly that Neil Peart would be making an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman this Thursday, June 9th as part of the show's Drum Solo Week. TVLine then confirmed this information last week and offered up a few more details:

Band geeks unite: Late Show with David Letterman is kicking off its first ever "Drum Solo Week." The late-night staple is dedicating a week's worth of episodes to performances by some of the music industry's top percussionists, starting with a standout solo on Monday, June 6 from the Late Show's very own Anton Fig, the drummer in Paul Shaffer's band. The following night, Letterman welcomes Sheila E. and her world renowned skill with the sticks. On Wednesday, June 8, drum legend Roy Haynes takes the stage, boasting a career filled with Miles Davis and Sarah Vaughn collaborations (to name a few). And rounding out the week is a performance by Rush's Neil Peart, a drummer who is often regarded as one of rock music's greatest. ...

Since June 9th is the band's off-day between Greenville and New Orleans we had speculated that Neil would be pre-taping his performance, and a couple of riab readers claimed that the taping would take place today. This has now been confirmed via a Twitter post from Neil's friend and riding partner Brutus:

Bubba's in NYC to do the Letterman taping today. Show airs on Thursday.

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