Matthias, there's was a long thread on this that you'll probably find interesting: http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=54159By the way, did you see Neil Peart with the Buddy Rich big band at his memorial concert (also including Colaiuta, Chambers, Weckl and so on)? He didn't quite fit the style, did he?
I never got the Neil Peart thing, myself. In my prog fan days he never gave give me a kick like Bill Bruford, Mike Giles, Carl Palmer, Aynsley Dunbar or Terry Bozzio - guys with very individual drumming voices. To me, Neil always just sounded like a very good conventional rock drummer by comparison. Not sure if anyone will relate to this but that's how I felt then, and still feel today.