Neil Peart Writes Rush Album Update

Drummer Neil Peart also slams Christianity in a long essay reflecting on life in his 60th year.

Neil Peart Writes Rush Album Update
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Drummer Neil Peart has written an essay reflecting on life in his 60th year. Along with discussions on Christmas as a pagan ("it was ours first"), Neil shares recording updates on the new Rush album. He says the biggest difference on this record is how he learns the tracks. In the past, he would count each section until it felt natural, but this time co-producer Booujzhe would "conduct" each section so Neil could perform with an improvisational style: "I played through each song just a few times on my own, checking out patterns and fills that might work, then called in Booujzhe. He stood in the room with me, facing my drums, with a music stand and a single drumstickhe was my conductor, and I was his orchestra. "His baton would conduct me into choruses, half-time bridges, and double-time outros and so onso I didn't have to worry about their durations. No counting, and no endless repetition. What a revelation! What a relief!" By these methods, each song's drum part was composed, arranged, performed, and recorded in just a few hours, rather than many days, as in the past. He goes on to pay tribute to his drum teacher and friend of twenty years, Freddie Gruber, and to the intellectual writer Christopher Hitchens who died of cancer in December. Neil says Hitchens made him "braver" about speaking his own mind. It seems this bravery translated into speaking freely about his anti-Christian sentiments, which are scattered throughout the essay. In one scathing example, Neil tells readers that people do not need the moral framework of a religion to be a good person: "It is arrogant to suggest that without religion we have no reason to feel 'goodwill toward men.' It isn't fear of godly punishment or promise of heavenly reward that makes generosity feel good - it's simple humanity." You can read Neil's full 4,500 word essay here. The 19th full-length studio album from Rush, "Clockwork Angels", is due for release in spring.

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    L2112Lif
    I can't wait to hear his drum parts on this new album, I'm so excited... I'm Geddy with Excitement.
    scawti
    It seems this bravery translated into speaking freely about his anti-Christian sentiments
    I really don't think this needs to be here. Neil isn't anti-Christian; he's against people using any religious dogma to justify their actions. His 'pagan' comments are a joke... he's atheist, which is easy to ascertain from his lyrics. And as a Catholic, he's 100% correct. Jesus wasn't born on Dec. 25; that day was picked because of a pagan holiday was already there.
    edgeyyz
    Definitely looking forward to the album, and the essay seems like an interesting read.
    0zzmosis
    N-D wrote: Neil remind me Tom Hanks on this photo)
    Tom Hanks looks like Neil Peart. If there ever were a Rush movie (which would be sexing awesome) Tom could play Neil... Just saying
    Jasonbts
    PeenieMcGee303 wrote: Here I'll say it: All religions and all religious people are stupid. Don't try and explain yourself to me. You're all full of shit. Holding back progression bcuz a 2000 year old made up book says so. Explain Ezekiel 23:20
    Ugh.. read in context.. The woman was a prostitute and she was sick. She had sick twisted views and lusts. Read. In. Context.
    Waterboy799
    Peart paying homage to Hitchens...one of my hero's giving respect to another one of my hero's. i actually teared up
    PhilippeM
    "It is arrogant to suggest that without religion we have no reason to feel 'goodwill toward men.' It isnt fear of godly punishment or promise of heavenly reward that makes generosity feel good - its simple humanity." How is this anti-Christian?
    pwrmax
    N-D wrote: Neil remind me Tom Hanks on this photo)
    Something about that smile...
    shredder3386
    Peart is such as awesome guy. As a guitarist, Rush is one of the few bands where I focus more on the drums more than anything else. He has such a natural feel, and you can tell he lives and breathes music.
    PeenieMcGee303
    Eifler121 wrote: PeenieMcGee303 wrote: Here I'll say it: All religions and all religious people are stupid. Don't try and explain yourself to me. You're all full of shit. Holding back progression bcuz a 2000 year old made up book says so. Explain Ezekiel 23:20 Just want to say, art, music, and our constitution all came to be what they are today with the aid of religion. Monks pretty much created music theory, and the sheet music we use. Art was initially used as a form of telling religious stories and to memorialize the gods, was later funded by the Church and subsequent protestant churches, and the development of provocative and abstract art stems out of religion. The colonization of the new world was also due in large part to religion. So, to say it has halted progression is kind of ignorant. Well, completely ignorant.
    ALL LIES REWRITTEN BY THE CHURCH TO RUN A LITTLE PR ON YOU. Your mind is washed can't be saved. Bury your face in your bible and leave facts to the unbrainwashed. All religion ever does is cause wars. 99% of all the art ever created has been destroyed because of religion and religious crusades. Don't even get me started on science. Some religions tell you to not eat pork. Why? Because 2000 years ago people got sick and died from pork. Science fixed the problem. We can eat pork now. It's safe. Yet some dumbass religions still don't eat it.
    Cskills2112
    Rush continue to kick ass despite all these years. Without a doubt, they're my favourite band
    thePTOD
    slaveskinJACKET wrote: Jasonbts wrote: PeenieMcGee303 wrote: Here I'll say it: All religions and all religious people are stupid. Don't try and explain yourself to me. You're all full of shit. Holding back progression bcuz a 2000 year old made up book says so. Explain Ezekiel 23:20 Ugh.. read in context.. The woman was a prostitute and she was sick. She had sick twisted views and lusts. Read. In. Context. New International Version: Ezekiel 23:20 There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses. She was a slut and a *****, and she apparently liked big dicks and copious amounts of semen.
    I'm not joining any argument but I don't understand how because of Ezekiel 23:20 PeenieMcGee303 thinks that each and every religion is completely wrong and has nothing even moderately good about it. OT, new Rush album!!
    Jasonbts
    This made me really excited to hear his drumming! All of the seemed really on fire on the last tour and I can tell they are all at the highest point of musicianship so far! Geddy was FLYING! I've never heard that many notes in YYZ on the bass! I do wish Neil would drop his religious issues, at least musically. Many Rush fans are quite religious and it's kind of insulting when he uses Rush to get these messages across. One or two songs? Whatever, his choice.. But song after song, album after album? Please drop it.. I had hoped that having another child would bring him back to the days of observation when he would simply comment on his observations in the world, but it would seem from BU2B that this is not the case :/
    Thesageofonion
    And in a blinding flash of glory... All of the world's religious problems were solved on one UG thread. Well, no but the main thing is new Rush album this Spring. I haven't looked forward to a new album as much as this one in ages!
    Eifler121
    PeenieMcGee303 wrote: Here I'll say it: All religions and all religious people are stupid. Don't try and explain yourself to me. You're all full of shit. Holding back progression bcuz a 2000 year old made up book says so. Explain Ezekiel 23:20
    I said I didn't like Slayer in direct response to something someone said to me, and got warned, the post was deleted, and I'm on a waiting period to see if I'm banned or not. How is this post not offensive? It goes beyond the statement of an opinion and seeks out to offend the majority of the world.
    Maiden95
    As not only a fan of Rush and a drummer, but as a person in general, Neil is such an inspiration to me. He is a brilliant man always, ALWAYS wanting to improve. I get lost in his vocabulary sometimes just watching his DVD's... and to top it off he is one of the greatest drummers on Earth still today. (No duh) Long Live Neil Peart.
    SuicidalFreak
    edgeyyz wrote: Definitely looking forward to the album, and the essay seems like an interesting read.
    Yeah, I'm looking forward to it too.
    PeenieMcGee303
    Here I'll say it: All religions and all religious people are stupid. Don't try and explain yourself to me. You're all full of shit. Holding back progression bcuz a 2000 year old made up book says so. Explain Ezekiel 23:20
    slaveskinJACKET
    Jasonbts wrote: PeenieMcGee303 wrote: Here I'll say it: All religions and all religious people are stupid. Don't try and explain yourself to me. You're all full of shit. Holding back progression bcuz a 2000 year old made up book says so. Explain Ezekiel 23:20 Ugh.. read in context.. The woman was a prostitute and she was sick. She had sick twisted views and lusts. Read. In. Context.
    New International Version: Ezekiel 23:20 There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses. She was a slut and a *****, and she apparently liked big dicks and copious amounts of semen.
    PeenieMcGee303
    Now.....we wait. Can't wait for a Rush/Jesus fanboy to read this and shit. By the way everyone go listen to Tim Tebows Fire on youtube. Hilarious.
    indyrock91
    PeenieMcGee303 wrote: Eifler121 wrote: PeenieMcGee303 wrote: Here I'll say it: All religions and all religious people are stupid. Don't try and explain yourself to me. You're all full of shit. Holding back progression bcuz a 2000 year old made up book says so. Explain Ezekiel 23:20 Just want to say, art, music, and our constitution all came to be what they are today with the aid of religion. Monks pretty much created music theory, and the sheet music we use. Art was initially used as a form of telling religious stories and to memorialize the gods, was later funded by the Church and subsequent protestant churches, and the development of provocative and abstract art stems out of religion. The colonization of the new world was also due in large part to religion. So, to say it has halted progression is kind of ignorant. Well, completely ignorant. ALL LIES REWRITTEN BY THE CHURCH TO RUN A LITTLE PR ON YOU. Your mind is washed can't be saved. Bury your face in your bible and leave facts to the unbrainwashed. All religion ever does is cause wars. 99% of all the art ever created has been destroyed because of religion and religious crusades. Don't even get me started on science. Some religions tell you to not eat pork. Why? Because 2000 years ago people got sick and died from pork. Science fixed the problem. We can eat pork now. It's safe. Yet some dumbass religions still don't eat it.
    Didn't know Kerry King had a UG account. Seriously, why even bring up religion on a Rush story? Ppl come here to talk about Rush. We want to hear you preach anti-religion as much as we want to hear someone preach for religion. gtfo
    Iliekgitaz
    indyrock91 wrote: PeenieMcGee303 wrote: Eifler121 wrote: PeenieMcGee303 wrote: Here I'll say it: All religions and all religious people are stupid. Don't try and explain yourself to me. You're all full of shit. Holding back progression bcuz a 2000 year old made up book says so. Explain Ezekiel 23:20 Just want to say, art, music, and our constitution all came to be what they are today with the aid of religion. Monks pretty much created music theory, and the sheet music we use. Art was initially used as a form of telling religious stories and to memorialize the gods, was later funded by the Church and subsequent protestant churches, and the development of provocative and abstract art stems out of religion. The colonization of the new world was also due in large part to religion. So, to say it has halted progression is kind of ignorant. Well, completely ignorant. ALL LIES REWRITTEN BY THE CHURCH TO RUN A LITTLE PR ON YOU. Your mind is washed can't be saved. Bury your face in your bible and leave facts to the unbrainwashed. All religion ever does is cause wars. 99% of all the art ever created has been destroyed because of religion and religious crusades. Don't even get me started on science. Some religions tell you to not eat pork. Why? Because 2000 years ago people got sick and died from pork. Science fixed the problem. We can eat pork now. It's safe. Yet some dumbass religions still don't eat it. Didn't know Kerry King had a UG account. Seriously, why even bring up religion on a Rush story? Ppl come here to talk about Rush. We want to hear you preach anti-religion as much as we want to hear someone preach for religion. gtfo
    Exactly, people like these people who quoted up above really piss me off! Athiests complain because religious people spread around what they consider bs yet they do the EXACT same thing to people who happen to be religious, now I'm not a religious person myself, but I can tell you that a lot of Athiests are a bunch of hypocrites. All you atheistic people.. if you really think there is no God, how are you so smart? How do you know there isn't one? You haven't died yet... you haven't been to heaven or hell.. have you? Exactly.. keep your words and beliefs to yourself.
    Iliekgitaz
    ^ Btw did you even bother to read the part in my quote that said I wasn't religious? Nope.. you sure didn't.
    Skuzzmo
    Iliekgitaz wrote: Exactly, people like these people who quoted up above really piss me off! Athiests complain because religious people spread around what they consider bs yet they do the EXACT same thing to people who happen to be religious, now I'm not a religious person myself, but I can tell you that a lot of Athiests are a bunch of hypocrites. All you atheistic people.. if you really think there is no God, how are you so smart? How do you know there isn't one? You haven't died yet... you haven't been to heaven or hell.. have you? Exactly.. keep your words and beliefs to yourself.
    I think you'll find it's a little bit more complicated than that. If you actually took your time and look into the arguments for and against you'd probably realise that your comment is little more than a puerile rant and not something to be taken seriously... hahahaha
    hansome21
    All you atheistic people.. if you really think there is no God, how are you so smart? How do you know there isn't one? You haven't died yet... you haven't been to heaven or hell.. have you? Exactly.. keep your words and beliefs to yourself.
    How are we smart without a god? Do you think we need god to gradually increase our intelligence over 40,000 years? I know there isn't one because all holy books give him the worst human qualitys (he gambles, wages war, and gets angry and brutally murders his children, makes people kill each other, maim each other, kills mothers and infants, etc). If there really was a heaven/hell, why would belief allow you in and not how good of a person you are? By that logic muslims from 9/11 got into heaven instead of hell because they believed... Face it religion is for pathetic morons who let fear run their lives and people who have been brainwashed since birth, which one are you?
    Root Beer
    Eifler121 wrote: PeenieMcGee303 wrote: Here I'll say it: All religions and all religious people are stupid. Don't try and explain yourself to me. You're all full of shit. Holding back progression bcuz a 2000 year old made up book says so. Explain Ezekiel 23:20 I said I didn't like Slayer in direct response to something someone said to me, and got warned, the post was deleted, and I'm on a waiting period to see if I'm banned or not. How is this post not offensive? It goes beyond the statement of an opinion and seeks out to offend the majority of the world.
    LOL, I can relate. I once said I was tired of seeing Metallica news on the front page and got a warning. How THIS can escape the censors is beyond me.
    Iliekgitaz
    hansome21 wrote: All you atheistic people.. if you really think there is no God, how are you so smart? How do you know there isn't one? You haven't died yet... you haven't been to heaven or hell.. have you? Exactly.. keep your words and beliefs to yourself. How are we smart without a god? Do you think we need god to gradually increase our intelligence over 40,000 years? I know there isn't one because all holy books give him the worst human qualitys (he gambles, wages war, and gets angry and brutally murders his children, makes people kill each other, maim each other, kills mothers and infants, etc). If there really was a heaven/hell, why would belief allow you in and not how good of a person you are? By that logic muslims from 9/11 got into heaven instead of hell because they believed... Face it religion is for pathetic morons who let fear run their lives and people who have been brainwashed since birth, which one are you?
    Where do you find that he gambles, wages war, etc because I can answer them for you if you care to clear up what you are talking about. Judging by your last sentence you seem to be someone that is trying to start a flame war. And I don't want to start a flame war with someone who can't even spell the plural form of QUALITIES right. Kind of a waste of my time.
    MacEspn
    0zzmosis wrote: N-D wrote: Neil remind me Tom Hanks on this photo) Tom Hanks looks like Neil Peart. If there ever were a Rush movie (which would be sexing awesome) Tom could play Neil... Just saying
    Literally just about to write this...it has to happen Tom Hanks has to play Neil Peart in..."NEIL PEART: THE MOVIE"....O God that could not have sounded any cheezier lol
    js81221
    I've never been much of a Rush fan. But I'm anxious to hear a 2012 album by a classic/retro rock band. Surely could be some refreshing sound with a throwback style. Deliciousness.
    Alex101
    SuicidalFreak wrote: edgeyyz wrote: Definitely looking forward to the album, and the essay seems like an interesting read. Yeah, I'm looking forward to it too.
    Me three!
    Root Beer
    PhilippeM wrote: "It is arrogant to suggest that without religion we have no reason to feel 'goodwill toward men.' It isnt fear of godly punishment or promise of heavenly reward that makes generosity feel good - its simple humanity." How is this anti-Christian?
    It isn't, in fact it's the opposite if anything. Anyone who thinks all Christians live out of fear of God is a ****ing moron.
    Eifler121
    PeenieMcGee303 wrote: Here I'll say it: All religions and all religious people are stupid. Don't try and explain yourself to me. You're all full of shit. Holding back progression bcuz a 2000 year old made up book says so. Explain Ezekiel 23:20
    Just want to say, art, music, and our constitution all came to be what they are today with the aid of religion. Monks pretty much created music theory, and the sheet music we use. Art was initially used as a form of telling religious stories and to memorialize the gods, was later funded by the Church and subsequent protestant churches, and the development of provocative and abstract art stems out of religion. The colonization of the new world was also due in large part to religion. So, to say it has halted progression is kind of ignorant. Well, completely ignorant.
    PeenieMcGee303
    Eifler121 wrote: PeenieMcGee303 wrote: Here I'll say it: All religions and all religious people are stupid. Don't try and explain yourself to me. You're all full of shit. Holding back progression bcuz a 2000 year old made up book says so. Explain Ezekiel 23:20 I said I didn't like Slayer in direct response to something someone said to me, and got warned, the post was deleted, and I'm on a waiting period to see if I'm banned or not. How is this post not offensive? It goes beyond the statement of an opinion and seeks out to offend the majority of the world.
    I'm Mark Zuckerberg. I can say whatever I want. What I'm saying is correct. Religion is bogus. Man made God up. God did not make man.
    hanselrocks1
    PeenieMcGee303 wrote: Here I'll say it: All religions and all religious people are stupid. Don't try and explain yourself to me. You're all full of shit. Holding back progression bcuz a 2000 year old made up book says so. Explain Ezekiel 23:20
    Directed at Christianity much? At least militant christians have a reason they're like they are. They actually believe being an ass is helping, while militant atheists like yourself have no real reason to bash religion of any kind, you just do it to be a douche. Why not let people believe what they want to? Whether or not they're sheep to their church, being a douche isn't going to change their view, only provoke them.