Re: Neil Peart
Well written Anne and great music citations from Rush's library. I think the rigidity that Neil has was addressed eons ago in this thread: stadium progressive rock back in the 70s and 80s on top of playing with sequencers in the 80s and 90s. The rock in rio dvd has loads of "things that can go wrong" when you deal with all that technology and every part of it is crucial to pulling off a great Rush show (they seem to be perfectionist-like). All that pressure can make one play rigid. I tend to think he looks looser when playing in his Anatomy dvd during the "exploration" parts (except for some Africanesque high tom playing). I don't know, I like him and he is and always will be my drum hero even though I'm well aware others can out-play him.
Give me a liter of cola.