Saturday, February 5, 2011

Rush: Neil Peart talks new book and forthcoming DVD

On or off tour, Rush drummer Neil Peart seems to keep himself pretty busy.

Neil has posted an update on his website, sharing tales and news of an upcoming instructional drum DVD; the working title is “Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance.”

As Peart describes it, the forthcoming DVD will focus on the aspects of drumming in front of a live audience: performance, preparing for it and surviving it.

Here’s a snippet of his update:

In April, 2010, the Hudson Music crew joined me at Drum Channel in Oxnard, California, and filmed several days of my rehearsals for the Time Machine tour. In July they filmed an entire Rush show, in Saratoga Springs, New York, with supplementary “drum-cams” on me. They also captured the soundcheck and pre-show warmup, when I did a bit of talking to the camera, as I had during the Drum Channel filming in April. However, we would need to shoot some more “talkie bits” to go before each of the songs from the live show, explaining about special problems or challenges in a particular song, and technical highlights.

So, I thought, why not go somewhere really nice to shoot those?

This filming session was scheduled for January, 2011, so we were limited in choices for outdoor shooting.

So . . . I suggested Death Valley. Being the driest place in North America, averaging less than two inches of rain a year—and sometimes none—the chances of clear weather were good. I have been enchanted by that region of desolate splendor since my first visit, in the fall of 1996, when Brutus and I rode in under a full moon on what remains one of the great motorcycle rides of my life. (See “December in Death Valley.”)

I returned many times after that, notably on the Ghost Rider journey in 1998 and ’99, and every year or two since, so I had explored the area pretty thoroughly. The better I came to know it, the more I loved it.

It seemed to me that if we could combine such splendid natural backgrounds with the existing rehearsal and stage footage, it would elevate the show enormously.
Neil also talks extensively about his new book, “Far And Away: A Prize Every Time,” which is due May 1

Check out Neil’s website for the full story here.

Rush – Der Trommler (aka “the drummer” - Neil Peart drum solo)
Rush R30 DVD
The Festhalle - Frankfurt, Germany - September 24, 2004

See also:

Rush: New limited edition autographed Neil Peart book available
Rush set to remix 2002’s Vapor Trails album
Neil Young, Rush receive Juno Award nominations
Rush add Vancouver date in June
Rush: new addition to 30th Anniversary wall calendar series
Rush: new Neil Peart book due in May