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RIP: Neil Peart

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Rush's lyrics have given me a lot of inspiration -- and encouragement to take risks with my own life throughout the years.  Back in college, I successfully hung out with their tech crew at the hotel bar and snagged the chance to see their sound check.  It was incredible...and seeing Neil drum without any crowd buffers was intense.

 

I got on Rockline -- on a dinky-ass college landline -- to ask Geddy & Alex a question during their TFE tour.  I lucked into front row seats -- with no idea HOW I was gonna get to the show.  I won a college writing I didn't even know I had been entered in and it was enough to rent a limo for that night. I got Alex's pick.  I traveled by myself when a young woman maybe shouldn't.

 

I kept traveling.

 

I went to Cleveland of all places.  Where it started for them here in the US.  Fell in love, got married, kept going to concerts.

 

Tenth anniversary, we go back to Toronto to see R40. 

 

I'm in "Tom Sawyer", guys.  Me and my frizzy hair and glasses, headbanging and air-EVERYTHING in a distinct crowd shot.  That's ME.

 

And I wouldn't have made it this far without them.  Without those words.

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The tears are making typing this a bit difficult; but I wanted to share this video that I found. This is the last song from Rush's last album. I can't think of a more appropriate tribute.

 

 

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22 hours ago, Pariah said:

Proof, if any were needed, that Neil Peart was a Canadian (but maybe not a Canadien):

 

hockey_kit_nep.jpg

 

I think that drum set was specially decorated for Peart's rendition of "The Hockey Theme" (formerly the Hockey NIght in Canada theme for many years before CBC lost the rights to the song) for Canadian cable sports network TSN. 

 

 

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