Bonhams auction the drum kit so late RUSH drummer Neil peart used on tour and in the studio with the band from 1974 to 1977.
Although RUSH had formed in 1968 and had even released his eponymous debut album, it was not until the original drummer John rutsey left and Peart intervened in the fact that the flame of the group was really lit. This came from a blues and hard rock band whose debut album was believed to be derived from ZEPPELIN LED to a progressive rock powerhouse that sells platinum. Peart not only provided the basis for more complex song structures with his masterful drums, but by taking over as lyricist he freed the bassist / vocalist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex lifeson of a duty that they had never wanted in order to be able to concentrate on bringing it to another level of collective musicality.
Peart reportedly arrived at his July 1974 audition with RUSH in a damaged car, in shorts and carrying the battery in garbage cans. Lee and Peart succeeded instantly, although it took Lifeson a little longer to heat up to heat up the mixer. Yet they finally agreed to invite Peart in the group on July 29 of this year, two weeks before the group’s first U.S. tour. Peart bought a money Slingerland drum kit from local music store Long and McQuade which he used during his first concert with the group, as an opening for URIAH HEEP and MANFRED MANN EARTH STRIP at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh on August 14, 1974. He played this kit on the breakthrough “Flying at night”, “Caress of steel” and “2112”, considered one of the greatest progressive rock albums of all time. Perhaps the kit’s most publicized live appearance was the three-night performance at Toronto’s Massey Hall on the band’s debut live album. “Everyone is a scene” has been registered. Peart was featured at these shows as “the teacher on the drum kit” and his extended drum solo on “Worker”, played on the Slingerland kit, is legendary among fans.
“Everyone is a scene” marked the end of RUSHthe first chapter and Peartof Slingerland the drum kit was removed shortly after. RUSH was gone from ZEPPELIN LED aspires to join an American Top 40 band with distinctive sound ready to woo fans around the world. the Slingerland kit had been on the road for five consecutive tours of the United States and Canada and was seen by thousands of fans from 1974 to 1977. Neil removed the kit at that point and placed it in a warehouse where it sat until it came out a decade later as an award in Modern drummer Magazine’s “Neil Peart Drumset Giveaway”.
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