When did neil peart become a big deal????

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by henry babenko, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. henry babenko

    henry babenko Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Big Rush fan here, but was wondering how and when peart got really noticed on the scene, I mean, was it 70's or 80's. and I wonder what did other drummers like bohamn and Copeland thought of him..
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  2. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

    Greater Vancouver
    From the very first album, Fly By Night, he was on. That and live performances started the legend.
  3. ModernDayWarrior

    ModernDayWarrior Forum Resident

    Rahway, NJ, USA
    I'm sure word of mouth when they started touring with Kiss is when people started to notice. But it was probably when 2112 was released that he really started making a dent in the drum community. I was to young at the time. I do remember him being the top drummer by the time Moving Pictures was released. He was a god to a lot of people by that time. It was probably the peak of his touring years around that time.
  4. Dr. Funk

    Dr. Funk Forum Resident

    Fort worth tx
    One of the most innovative and perhaps the greatest live drummer. He became a "big deal" early in the game.
  5. Where are you Simon

    Where are you Simon Well-Known Member

    I first saw a Rush concert on the telly when we only had three channels of dung to choose from around christmas time 1976.
    I became a big fan of the band after that.
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  6. BDC

    BDC Forum Resident

    I never heard Rush on the radio until Moving Pictures. I think they built themselves up until that point with their live shows. I imagine album sales prior to Moving Pictures were mostly from word of mouth, and as a result of fans seeing shows, more an underground thing.

    Rush was beaten up pretty good by the critics in the 70s, with Lifeson repeated being referred to as a poor mans Jimmy Page. The band a poor man's cross between Zeppelin and Yes. Two bands who themselves were torn up by the critics, though Zeppelin in time won favor.

    I wanted to give a little context, but to get back to the general question, when you noticed Rush, Peart stood out immediately. I'm sure that prior to MP Peart had a following, but I'm sure after the album it was much much bigger.
    Another thing to note, in those days you bought the record and listened as you studied the album sleeve, a piece of art in itself. In the case of Rush, Neil wrote almost all the lyrics, he was all over those sleeves looming large.

    Moving Pictures made me aware, and then I bought all the previous short after.
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  7. keifspoon

    keifspoon Forum Resident

    New Jersey, USA
    When he put a piece of one of Keith Moon's shattered cymbals around his neck. :winkgrin:
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  8. Mirror Image

    Mirror Image A Day Without Prog Is A Day Not Worth Living!

    He’s a great musician, but so are Geddy and Alex. I never looked at him like a god as some people have seemed to do.
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  9. Holy Diver

    Holy Diver Member Of The Midnight Society

    Greater St. Louis
    Fly By Night. One of my favorite Rush albums.
  10. Dr. Funk

    Dr. Funk Forum Resident

    Fort worth tx

    I saw him on this tour, and he was a big deal.
  11. mrgroove01

    mrgroove01 Forum Resident

    Los Angeles, CA
    While I have really no clue about the larger trend but my group of friends between the ages of 10-13 seriously started noticing Peart's exceptional drumming around the time of Permanent Waves in 1980.
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  12. Let's look at this from a concrete perspective to answer the OP.

    It wasn't until 1980 (Permanent Waves) that Modern Drummer magazine awarded Neil the "Best Drummer Award."

    Also, in 1980, Modern Drummer gave him the award for "Most Promising New Drummer," even though he had been with the band since 1974.

    Same magazine, same year, 1980, he won the award for "Best Recorded Performance" - Permanent Waves.

    The answer is 1980 - Permanent Waves.
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  13. musicarus

    musicarus Forum Resident

    Saratoga, NY
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  14. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

    Greater Vancouver
    Perhaps from a more global perspective, yes. However, they were and are the only back up band to blow away the headliner since this event in 1975 that I have seen in this lifetime. Nazareth didn't have a chance and they weren't bad. All I could think was "This doesn't sound like John Rutsey at all? Oh, maybe it's because it isn't. Who the Hell is this guy, he's off the charts!" :bigeek:
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  15. neo123

    neo123 Forum Resident

    Northern Kentucky
    It was when he had the pornstache: ;)

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  16. dkmonroe

    dkmonroe A completely self-taught idiot

    First thing I heard about Rush was that all three were super-ultra-uber-virtuosos, ESPECIALLY the drummer.

    It was '78 when I first became aware of them.
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  17. Terrapin Station

    Terrapin Station Forum Resident

    NYC Man
    I started taking drum lessons as a little kid in 1968.

    I knew Rush, and I saw them live, from more or less the beginning, because I was a KISS fan from the beginning and Rush opened for KISS early on. So when Fly by Night came out in February of 1975, I was a 12-year-old who had been taking drum lessons for 6-going-on-7 years, and Neil Peart wound up being a big influence on me.

    I regularly heard them on the radio stations I listened to by 1976 (I don't recall exactly when I first started hearing them on the radio, but I know it was prior to 1977). However, I don't recall anything being in really heavy rotation until 1977, when both "Closer to the Heart" and "Cinderella Man" were played to death. Then it was "Circumstances" and "The Trees" that were played to death, and then "The Spirit of Radio" and "Freewill".
  18. henry babenko

    henry babenko Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I remember 1981 when tom sawyer was all over the radio, always seen their albums in the stores, and then take off with geddy lee and then exit stage left.. like neil said in the documentary 1981 was their year..
  19. dkmonroe

    dkmonroe A completely self-taught idiot

    Correct. I wasn't listening to rock radio in '77, but I remember those first two songs being heavily played from '78 until '82 so I concur with your recollection.
  20. The minute he was born.
  21. Terrapin Station

    Terrapin Station Forum Resident

    NYC Man
    I think he was first on the cover of MD in early 1980, but he wasn't an unknown when they put him on the cover. By the time that A Farewell to Kings was new, I was in a (high school aged) band that was doing covers of both "2112" and "Xanadu", and lots of musicians were impressed that we were able to tackle both.
  22. 131east23

    131east23 Person of Interest

    I saw them in the late 70's and early and mid 80's and it was very impressive to watch him and the band play Xanadu and Hemispheres among others. It's obvious he's more of a percussionist than a straight ahead drummer. I think his timing is what really sets the band apart. Never seen a sloppy performance. I had always thought Hemispheres was the musical high point of their career. He's just stunning on that piece. First time I saw them was the Hemispheres tour and he already had a reputation for being a big deal. What a great band they are/were.
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  23. audiotom

    audiotom Ground Control to Major Tom

    New Orleans La USA
    Living in Michigan Rush toured a lot in the mid seventies

    Saw 2112 and a number of tours after

    Always the highest of praise

    My sister saw them in a bar in East Lansing Michigan,
    Flying out of the Neil looking out the window penned Fly by Night
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  24. nicotinecaffeine

    nicotinecaffeine Forum Resident

    Trenton, OH
    I would guess around Permanent Waves or Moving Pictures. Something to replace Moon and Bonham while Palmer moved onto Asia.
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  25. dadonred

    dadonred I learned to pose before I learned to play

    Austin, TX
    Tom Sawyer
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