Of course, I assumed that if a topic is called “NEIL!”, then it could only mean Mr. Peart.
I’ve written a few articles on my site that are dedicated to Neil, who happens to be my favorite drummer.
I call Neil my ‘reference drummer’, which basically means he’s the one who’s inspired me the most (not exclusively, just mostly). Here’s what I mean:
The Reference Drummer
Of course, when you think of Neil Peart you also think drum solos. As of this post, there have been eight of his solos published, either via vinyl, CD, or DVD within the context of a Rush concert. In any case, I took it upon myself to rate the solos, from ‘worst’ to first, in a series of articles (nine total). I tried to be as ojective as possible, putting aside my subjective favorite (which is hard for Rush fans), and really get into the nuts and bolts of every aspect of these great solos. Here’s a link to the introductory article:
Neil Peart’s Solos Ranked
I go into detail as far as the particulars of each solo, plus why I ranked it where I did. I also spell out the criteria that I used to rank them. As objective as I thought I was, I knew there would be disagreements, but hey, it’s my ranking!
I will be seeing Rush at the end of this month in Atlanta for their Time Machine tour, so we’ll see what I think of his current solo!