Neil Peart Taking Center Stage: Lifetime of Live Performances
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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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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.
I know Peart is uncomfortable being lionized, and I don't want to put him up too high on a pedestal. That sort of thing is never good for the idol, and not much good for the idolater, either. But I think it's good for humans to have examples of what we can become, given the proper virtues of patience, hard work, inquisitiveness, creativity, humility, and wisdom. When we see such virtues personified, as they too seldom seem to be, I don't think it goes far amiss for those of us who notice to call it out.