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Excerpts from Neil Peart's August, 2011 Rhythm magazine feature

Tue, Aug 2, 2011@12:34PM | comments

Last month we learned that the August, 2011 issue of the UK's Rhythm magazine contains an 11-page cover feature/interview with Neil Peart. Included in the feature is a guided tour of the Time Machine Tour kit from Neil's drum tech Lorne Wheaton. has posted several photos from the kit tour to their website along with a few snippets from the interview where Neil talks about what drives his timekeeping, improvisation, and the benefits of touring:

"The real test of a musician is live performance. It's one thing to spend a long time learning how to play well in the studio but to do it in front of people is what keeps me coming back to touring, because I really don't like it but it's necessary.

"For me to call myself a musician it's necessary to play live and it rewards so much, not just in the pay cheque sense but what it does for my playing. I feel it through a tour, I feel it at the end of a tour, all that I've gathered and especially now that I am improvising so much, all that I am exploring, all the new ideas I have."

You can check out the complete feature preview at this link.