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Neil Peart - A Fan Remembers - 1/7/21

Photo by Craig M. Renwick We all have bad days. Some stick with us forever. Some bad days effect millions of people at the same time. When JFK, MLK, RFK, and John Lennon were taken, it was a series of collective…

Modern Drummer
Jan 7, 2021

Remembering Neil Peart

Listen to this interview by Brian Kelly for St. Louis radio station KMOX’s Total Information AM Weekend show. Kelly spoke with longtime Modern Drummer writer Ilya Stemkovsky on the significance of Rush drummer Neil Peart, who passed away last week.…

Modern Drummer
Jan 14, 2020

Rush Drummer Neil Peart Passes

Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist for the iconic Canadian progressive rock band Rush, passed away on January 7 at the age of sixty-seven after a battle with brain cancer. Peart experienced immeasurable success throughout his forty-plus-year tenure with Rush. The…

Modern Drummer
Jan 10, 2020

Rush to Release Limited-Edition Single for “Cygnus X-1” as Record Store Day Exclusive

  This year marks the fortieth anniversary of Rush’s sixth studio album, A Farewell To Kings. To kick-start the celebration, on April 22, 2017, UMe/Anthem/ole will release a limited-edition, 12" single for “Cygnus X-1” as an exclusive for Record Store…

Modern Drummer
Apr 3, 2017

News: Rush 40th Anniversary Tour Offers Canadian Fans a Chance to Step Behind Drummer Neil Peart’s DW Drumkit

Canadian fans of iconic prog-rock band Rush will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to pose for a picture behind drummer Neil Peart’s one-of-a-kind DW Collector’s Series hockey-themed drumset at select dates during the band’s R40 Live Anniversary tour. Highly recognized by…

Modern Drummer
Jun 10, 2015

VIDEO - In the Studio With Actor/Drummer Michael Chiklis

    In this video, drummer/actor Michael Chiklis takes Modern Drummer into his state-of-the art recording studio and performance space, which will be the hub for all his musical projects in the future. MD sat down for a two-part series…

Modern Drummer
Feb 7, 2014

Rush Clockwork Angels Tour

DVD (2) or BLU-RAY LEVEL: ALL $24.98 Next year will mark Rush’s fortieth anniversary. Judging by the energy the band puts forth on its latest live release, another forty doesn’t seem out of the question. Okay, maybe another ten—the point…

Modern Drummer
Dec 3, 2013

Rush Clockwork Angels Tour Three-CD Set, Blu-Ray, and DVD Released Today

Rush is releasing its first new recordings since being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year. The Clockwork Angels Tour triple-CD and Blu-ray/DVD packages are drawn from Rush’s American Airlines Arena show in Dallas, Texas,…

Modern Drummer
Nov 19, 2013


Odd times, intergalactic themes, and more tom-toms. Rock drumming gets interesting.   1. King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King (1969) Crimson’s original drummer, Michael Giles, slays on this cornerstone of prog rock. Though he left the band…

Modern Drummer
Jul 23, 2012

Neil Peart: Taking Center Stage

by Michael Parillo In Modern Drummer’s December 2011 cover story, out now, Rush’s Neil Peart discusses a particularly productive period in his and the band’s long career. Peart’s new DVD, Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance, has recently…

Modern Drummer
Nov 21, 2011

Pat Torpey of Mr. Big

photo credit William Hames Hey, everyone, Pat Torpey here! Do you remember me? I’m the drummer of Mr. Big, and we have a new CD/download (or whatever you like) out that’s ready for your perusal. It’s all the original members—Billy…

Modern Drummer
Mar 30, 2011

Simon Phillips & Virgil Donati

It was a typically sunny southern California day as I drove the winding hills of west Los Angeles en route to the home studio of drum legend Simon Phillips. Many thoughts entered my mind as I approached the beautifully landscaped…

Modern Drummer
May 12, 2004