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1 hour ago, rushbo said:

the job of writing Neil’s obituary fell to me.

Great piece. Hats off to you, Sir:hi:

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1 hour ago, rushbo said:

How odd - if you go to popmatters.com, it's on the first page if you want to persevere.

Tried directly to popmatters.com but page opens and freezes on me so i can't get onto the Neil Peart item.

Gonna have to give up. Must be Chrome causing me problems again

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14 hours ago, rushbo said:

I write for a US based music and culture based online magazine called PopMatters and the job of writing Neil’s obituary fell to me. It was the hardest thing I've ever had to write. https://www.popmatters.com/neil-peart-2020-tribute-2644669184.html?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1

Lovely job. Well done indeed.

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12 hours ago, dmccombe7 said:

Tried directly to popmatters.com but page opens and freezes on me so i can't get onto the Neil Peart item.

Gonna have to give up. Must be Chrome causing me problems again

I've PM'd you the article text (think it's kept the embedded vids too.)

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1 hour ago, Daz39 said:

I've PM'd you the article text (think it's kept the embedded vids too.)

What a fantastic testament to the great man that is / was Neil Peart. I could feel the tears building as i read it.

Thanks for sending me the PM and allowing me to read a superbly written article.

Well done

Dave 

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For any folks interested in Neil's books, Audible has made the audiobook versions free for this month. The list is here, though the Clockwork Angels books are not included. If you're going to try one, I'd recommend Ghost Rider.

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6 minutes ago, bnt said:

For any folks interested in Neil's books, Audible has made the audiobook versions free for this month. The list is here, though the Clockwork Angels books are not included. If you're going to try one, I'd recommend Ghost Rider.

Thanks: i have 5 of them in print but always have the rest on amazon watch for sale.

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11 hours ago, bnt said:

For any folks interested in Neil's books, Audible has made the audiobook versions free for this month. The list is here, though the Clockwork Angels books are not included. If you're going to try one, I'd recommend Ghost Rider.

Thanks for the heads up. I don’t have Audible but Mrs Zed does. Downloaded and in her library this morning ready for me to listen to.

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A lovely tribute from Doane Perry, which casts some light on how Neil dealt with his illness:

Doane Perry

Neil Ellwood Peart - 9/12/52 - 1/7/20

I want to thank all the people who have so kindly written, texted, posted or called regarding Neil's passing. Like so many, this has completely undone me and I haven't quite known where to start. I am working on something more substantial to be posted in the future when things have settled a little for everyone.

During the last three and a half years, Neil faced this brutal, aggressive brain cancer bravely, philosophically and with his customary humor, sometimes light and occasionally dark - all very characteristic of him, even given the serious situation and the odds handed to him at the time of the diagnosis and subsequent surgery. But he fought it. By his own request for privacy, few people knew, but his understandable response to this news in no way excludes or diminishes ALL of those who also knew him, worked with him or loved and admired him from up close, or at a distance. His tenacious approach to life served him well during these last years and although he primarily kept his own counsel, he retained his dignity, compassion, understanding and his deeply inquisitive nature, which never deserted him. Remarkably, considering the severity of his condition (glioblastoma) and through the resulting aftermath, he really had no pain. This was always my first question when I saw him.
“Any pain?” I asked.
“No pain”, came the reply.
What a blessing that was. We were all grateful for that.

For every one of us who loved him, near and far, this is a loss that is difficult and impossible to summarize in a few short paragraphs. The outpouring of love, respect and appreciation from every imaginable quarter for this extraordinary, singular talent and beautiful man with a mind like no one I have ever met, is touching beyond words. To those that had to guard and hold on to this information closely for three and a half years, for obvious and protective reasons; his wife Carrie, daughter Olivia, his loving family, band, colleagues and friends, they have my undying admiration. You know who you are.

Apart from his deeply gifted, genius talent and prolific output, which he brilliantly displayed through music, lyric and prose writing and that staggering storehouse of knowledge across an array of subjects in multiple fields, he remained a kind, gentle, considerate and modest soul and a consummate gentleman… as well as an extraordinary friend. If you were his friend, you knew it and he understood how to be the best friend that you could ever hope to have. I think I speak for all, known and unknown to him, to say he will be deeply missed, eternally loved, appreciated and remembered for his many invaluable contributions to music, art and the written word. That will be forever celebrated.

Despite what he knew and we knew which was inevitable, I believe there is some sense of relief that this long, difficult odyssey has finally ended.

Thank you my dear friend, for passing this way. We are all richer for your presence and light in our lives.

🙏💙🙏

Doane Perry - January 16th, 2020

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I have just posted my transcription of Geddy Lee's bass part for Show Don't Tell off their Presto CD in my transcription archive thread. My little tribute to Peart. 

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1 hour ago, Bilbo said:

I have just posted my transcription of Geddy Lee's bass part for Show Don't Tell off their Presto CD in my transcription archive thread. My little tribute to Peart. 

I bought a book of 6 Rush songs transcribed with a CD to play along with. Some of the older songs lie YYZ and Tom Sawyer, Spirit of the Radio. Went thru to check see if Show Don't Tell was in it but its not.

Dave

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On 11/01/2020 at 22:32, 4000 said:

I meant more in terms of being awesome. 😁 I actually much preferred them to Rush that night (shhhhhh! I didn’t say that!).

We missed primus ,it was still the days of "no one watches the support band " 

Rush's sound was pretty grim (Glasgow) .R30 was my first awesome Rush live gig 

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Don't know if its mentioned on here 

Rush Time stands still film is on Sky arts now 

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2 hours ago, jazzmanb said:

We missed primus ,it was still the days of "no one watches the support band " 

Rush's sound was pretty grim (Glasgow) .R30 was my first awesome Rush live gig 

Glasgow SECC was always a hit or a miss for sound in my experience. I always try to sit near the sound desk at any major gig. If anywhere is gonna have the best overall sound its the sound desk.

Dave

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Saw Rush for the first time at Wembley Arena on the Roll The Bones Tour - knew they were always fussy about sound etc. but got worried when Primus came on ! The buzz and general sound was atrocious, all overdriven bass and not much else...however all was well as just before Rush came on the buzz from the PA went right down and it was probably the best sound I've ever heard from a live arena sound - they didn't disappoint, as they never have since I first heard 2112 when I was 11..! God's as far as I'm concerned...

Never forget on this day, we passed an open fire door at the side of the building and heard Neil sound checking on the kit...The Master ...RIP...

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