Neil Peart Taking Center Stage: Lifetime of Live Performances
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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 this...wonder...is 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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
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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If you're interested in learning about these songs and what went into the drum compositions, the interviews are great. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
My husband was thrilled when I gave this to him for his birthdatPublished 3 months ago by Terri Montana
This is a drumming Rush fan's dream. For less than $30 you get about 8 hours of personal time with Neil Peart. Read morePublished 4 months ago by From the Musician's Pen
Bought for my son for xmas. He was impressed and loved it!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Finally you get the sound what Neil's drum sound like in a proper mix. Yes I understand it's too much but it clearly shows how poorly Time Machine was mixed as they really muffled... Read morePublished 7 months ago by fender
Purchase this if you want to see Niel breakdown and explain how he crafts percussion sequences for his songs. Excellent.Published 10 months ago by Roberto
Neil Peart, probably the best drummer of all time, incredible dvd, you see Neil performing the songs of a Rush show, but with the camera 100% of the time on Neil Peart only, if... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Richard Blouin