- Neil Peart has never done anything to impress you eh? Do you know of another drummer who can pull off a double cross over. Watch this. If you can walk away unimpressed you surely aren't a drummer, or a musician, or even appreciate music. Harsh and bold i know, and I'm not saying like it. I'm saying have a little respect!
- And who ever said he's not quite as good as some of the jazz drummers of old, well that's comparing apples to oranges. He doesn't play jazz. Though he does pay significant homage to the jazz drummers of ole. In fact O batarista uses trumpet parts cut straight from old jazz pieces. I forget the specific tune. His set is MUCH MUCH larger than theirs. And he plays them all.
- Peart used double bass too back in the day FYI
- Peart is actually some one you can look up to. Bonham died chocking on his own vomit because he was so bloody drunk. Is that what you want your kids to look up to?
- Peart can write. And i don't mean that simply from a musical standpoint but also a lyric and poetic point.
- He's one of the most articulate, well spoken "rockers" of all time. Hands down.
- He's also show tremendous ability to over come hardship and personal loss. In 1997 he lost his daughter in a car wreck and his wife a few months later to cancer. a "slow death of apathy" as he so poetically described it.
- They use some bizzar time signatures as well as several time changes, no simple feat especially in regard to their complexity.
- The best drummer not only demonstrates significant playing ability but works in perfect unison with his band mates. Their is no better example than rush.
Now you can hate all you want. However his influence is truly undeniable. His finesse and refinement have grown to new heights through the years. And oh, by the way, the man's 60! and still putting youngin's to shame!
1. I never didn't have respect for him. He's good at what he does. I just think that what he does isn't all that great. Can you tell me at what time in the video this double cross over is? I find it hard to sit through the whole thing.
2. I'm not sure what you're getting at here. The term "jazz drummers of old" doesn't really hold any special meaning for me.
5&6. I don't quite agree, but it's obviously a matter of differences in personal preference.
4&7. I'm not sure how relevant this is to drumming.
8. Lots of people do that. There's nothing "bizarre" about it. I wouldn't consider odd time signatures and tempo changes feats in and of themselves.
9. I wholeheartedly agree, although I'm not as big a Rush fan as you seem to be.
Let it be noted that me thinking he's overrated does not mean that I'm "hating" on him. It does not mean that I'm trying to bash him, or disrespect him, or make fun of him or anything of the sort. It simply means I think he's rated more highly than he should be, nothing more. I do not think that he is bad. In fact, I think he is very good (but there is better technically), albeit quite dry and boring relative to my tastes. It just makes me face palm inside when I see him listed as "#1 drummer of all time." If it was a personal favorite list that would be fine, but the best? That's way too over the top. We must all bear in mind that this does all have to do with personal preferences to a certain degree. By no means am I trying to imply that I am "right" or that others have to feel the same as me.
Edited by manveru - 8/20/12 at 8:18pm