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New Neil Peart interview with Modern Drummer magazine

Tue, Nov 10, 2015@10:45AM | comments

UPDATE - 11/10@4:02PM: Here's a transcription of the article from John at Thanks John!!

UPDATE - 11/10@2:13PM: It looks like someone may have posted the article prematurely - Modern Drummer has taken it down. My guess is that the article will be appearing in the January, 2016 issue.

Modern Drummer magazine has posted a new interview with Neil Peart for an upcoming cover feature. The interview was conducted by Ilya Stemkovsky backstage at Rush's June 27th show in Newark. Neil covers a wide range of topics including the rigors of being a professional rock drummer in his sixties, continuing to grow and learn as a drummer, choosing songs for the R40 Live tour, his R40 Live drum kits, writing lyrics and more. The interview ends with Neil addressing all the attention and respect Rush has received over the past few years and also the future of Rush:

... MD: Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the cover of Rolling Stone...what's going on here?

Neil: [laughs] Persistence! Just keep going. You can eventually earn people's respect. It's easy to be dismissed in the beginning. And I've done that myself as a reader. Just dismissed certain writers. And then they earn my respect over time. That's persistence.

MD: What's in the future? If Rush isn't touring, will you still record? Write prose? Be a dad?

Neil: You just answered it. There's no strict answer, but those possibilities are all there.

You can read the entire interview online here (thanks Andy K).