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Neil Peart Taking Center Stage: Lifetime of Live Performances (2011)

Neil Peart , Greg McKean  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Neil Peart
  • Directors: Greg McKean
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Hudson Music
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,123 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Hudson Music has announced the October release of a groundbreaking new 3-DVD set from Neil Peart, one of the true living legends of drumming. In Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance, Neil examines the details and challenges of performing in front of a live audience. Drawing from over 30 years of touring the world, Neil breaks down, demonstrates, and performs classic drum parts from songs spanning the entire Rush catalog, thereby giving the viewer the most in-depth insight into Neil s body of work ever documented. Filmed in various locations over the course of a year, Neil takes you on a behind-the- scenes look at Rush s 2010-11 Time Machine Tour. This includes rare and exclusive footage of Neil's personal pre-tour rehearsals and backstage events at a Rush concert (including a visit to the soundcheck, an unprecedented backstage interview, and Neil s warm-up routine). Neil then presents (in an interview setting with Hudson s Joe Bergamini) a detailed look at every single song in the Time Machine set list (which includes the entire Moving Pictures album). Each song features analysis and demonstrations (including slow- motion), which are coupled with a detailed PDF eBook containing transcriptions of Neil s parts. At the end of each song discussion, the viewer is transported onstage to a Rush concert to see the actual live performance of the song from the perspective of the drum cameras only (with an exclusive, custom audio mix that features the drums heard slightly louder than a normal concert DVD mix). With in-studio rehearsal footage, backstage scenes, live concert performances, and breathtaking interview footage filmed in Death Valley National Park, California, this package documents not only Neil s approach to live performance, but the very essence of his drumming style, on all the classic Rush songs, including Tom Sawyer, Subdivisions, YYZ, The Spirit of Radio, Free Will, Limelight, Far Cry, and many more. The DVD also includes discussion, analysis, and performance of the newest Rush song, Caravan, and extensive bonus content.

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145 of 154 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, mind-bending and profound. November 9, 2011
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Peart is nothing short of a genius, and to see this iconic MASTER sit and talk eloquently in perfect paragraph after perfect paragraph about HOW MUCH HE HAS LEFT TO LEARN is...well. It's Zen. It's sitting at the feet of the master.

Now, I've banged around on drums for about 35 years and I can do some passable percussion in really banal situations--had a great time last fall playing udu at a folk sing-a-long. I have a small electronic trap set I take my frustrations out on many evenings. But I don't have the slightest chance of being able to play anything like Peart, ever, no matter how hard I might be able to try.

So why do I find this--what amounts to an instructional video--so mesmerizing? The same thing that makes me watch Adrian Peterson play even when the Vikings are having a terrible season. Just watching someone at the top of his game, knowing that I belong to the same species as the one that produced uplifting. Even if I can never do what these other people do, I can thrill vicariously at the accomplishment.

And Peart is so well-read and well-spoken that little bits of philosophy often slip out even as he holds forth on the vagaries of rock drumming. Among my favorites on this set, he said that if you make a mistake, make it again. Presumably to make it appear more intentional.

To underline my implied point: Even if you're not a drummer, just a fan of drumming, or of rock music, or hell, just excellence...this is a collection worth owning. And if there's a young person in your life, someone you wish to encourage in any endeavor, she could do a lot worse than to have the humble and hard-working Neil Peart as a role model.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great on so many levels October 20, 2011
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Much like the man himself, this DVD is great on many levels. Neil discusses everything around his music from the recent Time Machine Tour. Great Sound. Great footage from the tour. At 500 minutes, it's more than even this die-hard fan can handle in a single sitting, but it's just so good. After all the previous books and videos, I was wondering what else he could possibly cover and how could it be interesting. As usual, Neil is fascinating and goes beyond the mortal realm. Any Rush fan, even the non-drummers will be well entertained by this. Did I mention the sound?
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
If you're a drummer, with a little experience and a few chops under your belt, and you want to rekindle the fire...get should buy this. The Amazon price is amazing, not that your local drum shop won't meet it; it's just that I don't know retail prices except for what I see here.
Okay, chest-beating time: I've reviewed this on my website [...] but I feel that it's my responsibility to put my mouth where my money is (ie Amazon, which always gives me a fair shake) and recommend highly this 3-DVD video package. The order of the day is objectivity.I mean no disrespect when I tell you I've never been a fan of Neil Peart or Rush to any great degree. In the 1970s, when they were fledgling I was into the stirring Phil Collins drumming performance on "Cinema Show" and sought to cop his odd "odd time" fluid bar crossing. To me, Peart and band were inhabiting a place I wasn't rushing to visit. But of late, thanks to a surprise path crossing with Neil Peart at the summer drummers' camp KoSA, and to the current Peart Center Stage DVD set, I am gaining respect so rapidly it seems I'm bound and determined to make up for lost time. With this DVD set, I get (and you will get) at bargain basement prices, superb videography that is eminently drummer-friendly, smooth pacing, provocative content, and the main event (not the selling feature for me but undoubtedly for you....)unimpeachable analysis of all those lauded Peart parts for drums. Even Peart naysayers will be stirred by the man's sincere, passionate, uncontrived account of his journey to the essence of drumming. To be honest, at a couple of points along the way, the journey was wearing on my patience: "are we there yet?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!! September 23, 2011
By zepsab
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A must for any Rush/Neil fan. I wish Geddy and Alex would do this same sort of thing. Disc 3 has some great extras, it took me 3 days to watch this whole box set.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey . . . It's Peart. Nuff said October 7, 2011
By Syrinx
Since everyone commenting on this is OBVIOUSLY a Rush and Peart fan, there's really nothing I can add that already hasn't been said.

I do have one little "tidbit" for you. Today is October 7th. Amazon shows it's not going to be released until October 18th. I got lucky and found it already on sale at Guitar Center. If you have a Guitar Center ([...]) nearby you can get your copy early. It's awesome, of course.

I'm not sure why they got an early realase of the DVD other than they're a major musical equipment retailer.

Thought you'd want to know.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all drummers and Rush fans April 9, 2012
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This is an outstanding learning tool. Mr. Peart takes you behind the scenes of the Time Machine tour, where you can experience EVERYTHING. From his own rehearsals and warm-ups before the tour starts, song selection and how he creates his solo piece. The best part is actually breaking down the set, song by song with explanations, and video analysis of the best parts of the songs, these are shown in regular speed and slowed down, then you see the song played live with the mix of the song in full focus on the drums and the cameras just focusing on Neil.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by CARLOS JESUS RUSSO HERNANDEZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-worth the time to watch and listen — deep dive into Neil Peart &...
Got this for my husband for Christmas and it was a big hit. We both love RUSH. Neil Peart is a very fascinating and deep person. His writing is the fuel behind RUSH. Read more
Published 2 months ago by KFDP
3.0 out of 5 stars Neil Peart is awesome
one of the DVDs in this set does not play.
Published 3 months ago by Monny
5.0 out of 5 stars Crzazy DVD, one of a kind.
I love the depth of this DVD. Prolific fan since 1982, drummer since 1983, this video is quite a few steps above the Work in Progress of 1997.
Published 4 months ago by Shaun White
5.0 out of 5 stars Over 7 hours of Peart: Legendary drummer and master of lyrics
I still haven't seen most of this, but Neil Peart is even better with lyrics than with drums...though drummers might disagree with me on that opinion. Read more
Published 5 months ago by rad
5.0 out of 5 stars Is there any one greater...
Neil is surely a master at his craft. He doesnt just beat the skins he is a composer and very methodical in his writing and composition of his percussion. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dennis Lester
5.0 out of 5 stars Up close and personal with Neil
Just what you would anticipate from a in depth analysis of the method behind Neil Perts process when preparing for live performance.
Published 5 months ago by Jean Paul Courneya
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn from the Master
Cant believe how much I learned from these DVD's. It has help change my approach to music. I hope he continues to put out more stuff like this!
Published 6 months ago by Joe Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I love Neil. He's a genius and a great drummer. One of my favorites. I love the way he thinks and break everything down so far
Published 8 months ago by Ron C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great HD presentation
Excellent showcase of Neil's techniques, thought processes for musical innovations and general in-depth exposure to how his mind works while composing and performing. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Heather King
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Blu-ray Version Also?
I hope so, I am waiting for that possibility.
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