Video: Neil Peart's drum solo on Late Night With David Letterman
Rush drummer Neil Peart performed an extended solo on Late Night With David Letterman last Thursday, closing out the show's "Drum Solo Week".
After my previous blog about Peart's appearance on Letterman, when I mentioned that he might be the greatest rock drummer since Keith Moon, readers commented on the drummers they thought were the best. The list included Buddy Rich, Bill Bruford, Billy Cobham, Terry Bozzio, Steve Gadd, the Jimi Hendrix Experience's Mitch Mitchell, Yes's Alan White, the Police's Stuart Copeland, Cream's Ginger Baker, and Led Zeppelin's John Bonham.
What, no Ringo fans in the audience?
To be honest, I'm not all that crazy about drum solos; they seem to be a lot more interesting for those playing them than those listening. What I really appreciate is when the drumming totally compliments a great rock song. The best example I can think of is Neal Smith's performance on Alice Cooper's "Billion Dollar Babies". When that tune hit the airwaves in 1973 I wore out a lot of my parents' basement furniture trying to master the cool drum intro.
Warning: be prepared to adjust your volume after the Neil Peart clip.
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