Jane Stevenson from Stcatharinesstandard.ca
Rush drummer Neil Peart is also the Toronto veteran prog-rock band's resident wordsmith.
So it should come as no surprise that the former Port Dalhousie resident will write and deliver the acceptance speech as he, bassist-vocalist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson are inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame at a gala ceremony Sunday night at the Toronto Centre For The Arts.
"Public speaking isn't easy for me and I know all the evening the blood will be roaring louder in my ears," Peart, 57, said down the line from his adopted home of Santa Monica, Calif., recently.
"But it's a challenge and I love those kind of things. Even performing live, after all these years, is an intensely tense (experience) all day long and leading up to show-time and then just before it, again the blood rushing in your ears, and heart pounding, and everything feels tingly and kind of unwell. But it's a challenge as well to go up there and play well under those circumstances."
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The Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame on Sunday, March 28th, at a gala being held at the Toronto Centre For the Arts.
The five Rush songs entering the Hall of Fame are 'Tom Sawyer', 'The Spirit Of Radio', 'Limelight', 'Closer To The Heart' and 'Subdivisions'. As part of the induction, bands influenced by Rush will be performing renditions of their hits. ALEXISONFIRE will be taking on 'Tom Sawyer', PRIMUS frontman Les Claypool and his band will be playing 'The Spirit Of Radio', and JACOB MOON will be performing 'Subdivisions'.