Rush bassist and singer Geddy Lee talked in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine about his favorite Neil Peart drum parts and explained how was the recording process. Recalling it was really difficult to convince him to play the same part in a song.
Geddy Lee talks about his favorite Neil Peart drums parts:
“It’s a big library of drum fills. But I loved his playing in “One Little Victory.” That was one of the few times that we could convince him to play the same part more than once. It was very difficult to get him to play the same part more than once in the same song but that was one of them.”
“That whole triplet, double-bass-drum feel always blew me away. In fact, I think that was the first thing that blew me away about him when we first met him. He got behind this little drum kit he had with 18-inch bass drums and he started playing those triplets, and wow, he had a thing.”
The musician continued:
“He tuned his drums perfectly, too. A lot of drummers are great technicians, but not all of them tune their drums with the kind of fanaticism that he did, and his drums were very melodious because of that. They actually make his drum parts sing more and make them more memorable because of that fact.”
“So that’s a very important aspect of his musicianship is the way he tuned his drums. Not just the way he banged them. Rhythm parts are one thing. But the melodious nature of how his drum kit was presented and tuned by him made him a really unique player in my view.”
Legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart died at the age of 67 in January 20. The musician was battling a brain cancer for the past 3 years. The disease was never revealed to the fans and was now confirmed by his family. He last moments where in Santa Monica, California. He lived there with his family.
Born in the Canadian city of Hamilton, Peart initially entered the music universe while studying piano. But he never showed much appreciation for the instrument. When he was fourteen, his parents presented him with a drum kit. Peart participated in some groups in his teens. But his life changed – and rock’s trajectory – in 1975, when he joined bassist and vocalist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson of Rush.