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Rush R40 Live tour details revealed in new Drum Talk TV interview with DW's John Good

Thu, Mar 12, 2015@2:48PM | comments

UPDATE - 5/11@3:31PM: Now that the tour has started, the video is back up at this location.

UPDATE - 3/12@7:35PM: Drum Talk TV was asked by Rush's management to remove the interview video. Then Drum Talk TV, DW, and Rush's management asked me to remove the pertinent content from my post.

Neil Peart drum tech Lorne Wheaton unveiled Neil Peart's new DW R40 drum kit back in January at the 2015 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. You can check out some photos and video of the new kit in this post. While there Lorne took some time out to speak with DRUM-Line magazine about the kit and what fans can expect on the R40 Live tour:

... For this next tour we're not going to be using the full V-Drum kit on the back. We are not going to be spinning. It's going to be full-tilt Rush songs and there will probably be a whole lot of old stuff in [the set] ...

Also interviewed at NAMM was DW's John Good, who spoke with Drum Talk TV about Neil's kit, including the discovery and acquisition of the 1,500-year-old Romanian River Oak which was used to make it. The interview was posted to the Drum Talk TV Facebook page last week, and towards the end of the interview he reveals some very exciting details about Rush's plans for the R40 Live tour drum setup:

... At the beginning of the show [Neil]'s going to be playing [the R40] kit. Then this one moves away at half-time. The idea was to have it fly out of the ceiling but that probably won't happen because of budgets. But there's another kit that's gonna show up - a replica of his Slingerland kit [Chromey] ... the black nickel-looking thing. My painter Louie Garcia can paint that to look just like black nickel. So that moves in and they finish the set as a bar band, the way they started ...

So assuming they haven't changed their plans since then - it sounds like they will really be going old school for that second set. Wow. I wonder if they'll break out the kimonos too!? You can watch the entire interview below or at this location, with the part about the 2 kits coming in at about the 13:30 mark. Thanks to Sam A for the heads up.

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