RUSH's Neil Peart Talks About David Letterman Appearance - "Hey, A Drum Solo On TV - Sounds Great!"

June 7, 2011, 6 years ago

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As previously reported, RUSH drum legend Neil Peart will be a guest on the Late Show With David Letterman as part of Drum Solo Week on Thursday, June 9th.

According to, the show's producers have asked the renowned sticksman, to keep his solo down to "three, maybe four minutes," says Peart.

Just back from a morning rehearsal, Peart admits that when he was approached to be part of Drum Solos Week, his initial reaction was, "I don't know…it's not really my thing. But then I thought, Hey, a drum solo on TV - sounds great! I'd be very honored to be the ambassador to drum solos."

Peart tells that he's not used to trimming down his solo. "My regular live drum solo is about eight and a half minutes, so I decided I'd have to do a mental edit, accelerate the changes and minimize the improvisational parts and so on. At the rehearsal, during my first attempt, I had it down to about four minutes and 50 seconds, and the producers were giving me these worrisome looks. I got it down to about four minutes and two seconds, which I think is acceptable."

Read the entire interview here.

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