I haven't played in a while due to not owning drums. Practiced on the couch, warmed up with Force 10. Then Analog Kid and Camera Eye. Made it halfway through and I'm done. I haven't listened to much Rush lately, trying to put this out of my head. I forgot what an absolute monster Neil was when he recorded these songs.
SKF NOTE: During one interview Neil Peart defined "selling out" as playing drums "someone else's way." I mentioned Neil's playing on Jeff Berlin's album, Champion, specifically the song, Subway Music. To my ears, I said, Neil's playing there doesn't sound like the way he plays with Rush.
Neil's answer is where we begin this excerpt.
Neil Peart: In a situation where there's a musical empathy I'd bend to the needs of the song. The same as I'd give a Rush song a simpler part. I'd force myself to do it.