Back in January, I uploaded a newly-produced Cygnus Studios video to YouTube: The complete induction ceremony of Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which took place in 2013. It contains the entire smash, including their live performance. Considering their current acclaim and millions of rabid fans, amazingly it just sat there for … Continue reading Rush: Rock Hall Induction Video Takes Off!
Hard to fathom that it's been some 6 years ago already... Back in 2015, I was able to score 2nd row seats for the 40th anniversary tour of Rush directly in front of Alex Lifeson at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on July 11th of that year. At the time I was already retired … Continue reading Remembering R40…
What else can I possibly say about the biggest influence on drums, philosophy, and work ethic in my life that I haven't already said in the past, thousands of times? That of course, being Mr. Neil Peart. That's why I decided to let this post speak for itself through a few clips from the Modern … Continue reading Cygnus Exclusive: Modern Drummer Festival 2020 – A Tribute to Neil Peart
Following the recent passing of Neil Peart, I realized the rather long post I had previously written missed a crucial part in the development of his talent, one which I've always highly respected and admired: His undying, constant drive to reinvent and better himself, not only as a drummer, but in every way humanly possible. … Continue reading Combining Psychology With Mechanics – Making a Good Drummer a GREAT One.
I'm absolutely floored, and literally in tears. My hero has passed, and what a totally monumental loss for the music world it is. Neil was voted best Rock drummer so many times by "Modern Drummer" magazine that he became no longer eligible for that tally. As anyone who's seriously listened to or witnessed this man … Continue reading The Death of a True Legend