On May 25, U.K.'s Rhythm magazine traveled to London to interview the Rush legend for a forthcoming issue. In addition to speaking to Peart, Rhythm also hit the stage of the O2 Arena for an exclusive tour of Neil's Time Machine tour kit with his longtime tech Lorne Wheaton.
Fans will get to see the kit in action during an extremely rare solo TV performance by Peart on Thursday, June 9 as he performs on The Late Show with David Letterman as part of Drum Solo Week.
Peart admits that when he was approached to be part of the Letterman experience, his initial reaction was, "I don't know…it's not really my thing. But then I thought, Hey, a drum solo on TV - sounds great! I'd be very honored to be the ambassador to drum solos" he told MusicRadar.
The biggest challenge for the Rush drummer for the TV show was time itself. "My regular live drum solo is about eight and a half minutes, so I decided I'd have to do a mental edit, accelerate the changes and minimize the improvisational parts and so on. At the rehearsal, during my first attempt, I had it down to about four minutes and 50 seconds, and the producers were giving me these worrisome looks." Peart's second run-through was more acceptable: "I got it down to about four minutes and two seconds."
Rush recently completed their European dates and are set to bring the Time Machine tour back to North America, picking things up again tonight (June 8) in Greenville, South Carolina; the full tour wraps July 2 in Seattle.
Neil Peart – Time Machine drum kit
Hosted by Peart drum tech Lorne Wheaton
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