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Neil Peart breaks down his R40 Live drum solo for Classic Rock

Thu, Sep 10, 2015@1:38PM | comments

The October, 2015 issue of the UK's Classic Rock magazine contains a six-page feature on Rush titled Exit Stage Left? which was made available online at the Classic Rock website earlier this week. The feature follows the band during the last few days of the R40 Live tour, and interviewer Philip Wilding speaks with all three members, along with manager Ray Danniels, Chad Smith, Matt Stone and Geddy Lee's wife Nancy. Classic Rock just posted a sidebar piece from the feature that was written by Neil Peart to their website earlier today. The article is titled Neil Peart: Marching to the Beat of a Different Drum and in it Neil breaks down the inspiration behind his R40 Live drum solo:

... My vague design for that solo was deceptively simple. I would approach it as if I was just sitting down at the drums to start playing -- to exercise the improvisational skills I have been working on for, oh, about ten years now. Technically, I was determined to exemplify everything I thought I knew about drumming, and everything I love about the drums -- almost 50 years of experience and passion had to go in there somehow. ...

You can read the entire piece online at this location (thanks Chris S).