Re: Neil Peart
I like Neil for playing Neil's style. He will not (IMO) in my lifetime ever be regarded as a great jazz/groove drummer. I really like his big-band bit at the end of his Rush in Rio solo O batterista.
I have *all* of my Rush albums and DVD's on my MP3 player while I am deployed.
I enjoy Neil's work within his boundaries. It's works for his music and I really appreciate what he has accomplished over the years.
He does what he does very well. Conversely, Peter Erskine will never be regarded as great prog or metal drummers in his lifetime. That doesn't matter a whit to me, because what he does is also great...but he's not Neil, and Neil isn't Peter Erskine.