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The winner of the “Greatest Drummer of All Time” bracket is…

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The winner of the “Greatest Drummer of All Time” bracket is…

We’ve been following these brackets on the show, and the final votes are in!  The greatest drummer of all time, as voted by the readers of, is none other than Neil Peart! With a staggering 87% of the vote, Peart crushed John Bonham in the final round. What do you think about it?

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Drum Solo Week on Letterman

Considering Anton Fig is a perennial favorite for best late night drummer honors, it’s no surprise that the Late Show decided to give the drummer some love.  All this week, The Late Show with David Letterman will be featuring drum solos form some of the biggest names in drumming – Fig, Peart, Sheila E, and  Haynes.  The 4 night drumming fiesta begins tonight, June 6 and goes through until Thursday!

Drummer Talk 05/13/2011 – Snare Drum Makeover (#162)

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Drummer Talk 05/13/2011 – Snare Drum Makeover (#162)

It’s the season finale of Drummer Talk Season 6, and on this week’s show, Dave’s gives a very in-depth look at a complete snare drum makeover – from batter head, to reso head, to snare strands, to strand cords.  Also we, of course, talk more Dream Theater, new Avenge Sevenfold, Memphis Drum Shop’s Chris Coleman clinic recap, the Summer of contest continues, and much more!  Show notes after the break!

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Tour Neil Peart’s Kit Contest

The Summer of contests continues with this one being offered from Rhythm Magazine and Sabian Cymbals.

Win a meet and greet with Neil Peart’s drum tech Lorne Wheaton for an onstage tour of Neil’s kit! Plus! See the band perform live in London

Enter this exclusive competition and you, along with a friend, will be in with a chance to meet Neil’s right-hand man, drum tech Lorne Wheaton who will take you onstage for a guided tour of Neil’s phenomenal drum set-up (click here for a sneak preview). The kit tour will take place at London’s O2 Arena on Wednesday 25th May, and the prize also includes two pairs of tickets to watch the band perform that evening.

To be in with a chance of winning we want to know how much of a Peart fan you really are. In no more than 25 words, explain why you are the world’s biggest Neil Peart superfan and deserve this all-access pass to check out Neil’s kit. The more creative you are the better! Closing date for entries is 9am on Friday 20th May.

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Just when you think you’ve seen it all…

Something like this comes along. Neil Peart, the professor of percussion has branched off into the world of cooking. Drummer, lyricist, composer, author, philosopher, and now helpful kitchen helper. A renaissance man if ever there was one. Hopefully he and Mario Batali will team up for something crazy. After all Batali already has contatcs in the drumming world

More details on Bubba’s Bar n’ Grill here.


Alfred Publishing Releases Zeppelin and Rush Song Books

Finally! Someone has published books with drum transcriptions of big name bands and not made it dull and professorial! Alfred’s released two new song books cataloging the drum transcriptions of two rock heavyweights, Led Zeppelin and Rush. I’m interested to see how they’ve notated “Black Dog” for the breaks and “When The Levee Breaks” to see if they incoprorated the delay on the bass drum. When/if you play that particular groove, do you add in the bass drum delay on your bass drum part? Listen back to the track if you’re drawing a blank. Terrific track. Go Alfred!


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John Rutsey, Original Rush Drummer, Dead


Original Rush drummer John Rutsey died this past weekend at the age of 55, according to Toronto radio station Q107. Rutsey’s death was announced by Rush’s management company, Anthem Management. The cause of death was not disclosed. Rutsey and guitarist Alex Lifeson formed Rush in 1968, with bassist/singer Geddy Lee joining a short time later. Rutsey played on the band’s self-titled 1974 debut album, but left the group due to health concerns. A diabetic, Rutsey was unable to commit to long-term touring and elected to step down.

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Rush Album News – Live and Studio!

Source: Reuters

Canadian power-rock trio Rush hopes to start work on a new studio album next year, but will serve up a double helping of live material before then.

First up, on April 15, is “Snakes & Arrows Live,” which features such rarities as “Circumstances” and “Entre Nous,” tunes the band had never performed on stage before last year.

Lifeson said he and bandmates Geddy Lee and Neil Peart are also thinking a bit about a follow-up to last year’s studio release “Snakes & Arrows,” which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

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