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[NEWS, WEATHER, and SPORTS: June, 2011 - Singletrack Minds in the Sceptered Isle]

London O2 crowdJust as Brutus promised us via a tweet last week, Neil Peart has updated the News page on his website with a story titled Singletrack Minds in the Sceptered Isle. In this latest installment Neil discusses his motorcycle travels throughout Ireland and the UK on the second leg of the 2011 Time Machine Tour including a bunch of spectacular photographs. He also talks about the London O2 show in reference to a photograph he took of the 13,517 fans from his vantage point behind the kit:

... To the right of my sixteen-inch cymbal is a girl at the barricade holding a pair of my drumsticks—sent out in response to the sign in front of her, referencing the “Prize Every Time” subtitle of Far and Away. In the middle, a guy holds up a banner reading “Kufi Swap”—one name for the African-style hats I wear onstage, which he is also wearing, wanting to trade. I sent him sticks, and let him keep the hat.

Just out of view to my right were the audience “stars” of the night for me—a man with his daughter, aged around ten or eleven, I’d guess, in the second row. Both of them wore Rush T-shirts, and the girl was holding a sign that began with “My Dad Made Me . . .” but I couldn’t read the rest. During the show I glanced their way from time to time, and noticed that the dad was the obvious fan, while the girl had certain favorite Rush songs—ones she knew and could sing along with. Perhaps the sign referred to the moment during our performance of the “Overture” from 2112, near the end of the show—two crew members, Anson and Doug, appear in gorilla and chicken costumes, and act out some little absurdity. (I have noted before—“we entertain the crowd; the crew entertains us.”)...

... Obviously the dad and his daughter were aware of those characters, because as soon as we started that “Overture,” and the lights came up, I looked out and saw the dad wearing a gorilla mask, and the girl in a feathered yellow chicken mask. I guess that was what “My Dad Made Me” do—but that “gameness,” her very presence with her dad, and her appreciation for the music, deserved the sticks I sent her, through Michael. ...

You can read the entire post at this link.