Drummer Neil Peart was so accomplished at his instrument that stating as such was so obvious—akin to saying the sun was hot—it became a bit of a joke. But his playing never was. When Peart died on Jan. 7, from brain cancer, he was one of the acknowledged masters in rock history, comfortably set in a pantheon that included the likes of John Bonham, Ginger Baker and, his idol, Keith Moon.
When he passed, Dave Grohl, who, if you don’t know kids, is actually quite a decent drummer himself, said Peart’s “power, precision and composition was incomparable. He was called ‘The Professor’ for a reason: We all learned from him.”
Former Police drummer Steward Copeland once said that Peart was “the most air-drummed-to drummer of all time.”
There promises to be a lot of that going on tonight at Que Sera with An Evening of Rush, A Tribute to The Professor.
Hosted by Rush tribute DJ Dave Skott, the evening will not only feature the music of Rush but synchronized concert lasers and Rush videos playing on screens.
Skott, who describes himself as a lifelong Rush fan—are there any other kind?—will no doubt be playing lots of stuff that showcases not only Peart’s drumming prowess but his writing as well.
What some people might not know is that Peart was the primary lyricist for the band, his lyrics taking on a many times philosophic or highly personal subjects. In the song “Limelight” he wrote: “Living in a fisheye lens/Caught in the camera eye/I have no heart to lie/I can’t pretend a stranger is a long-awaited friend.”
While there will be no doubt many feelings of sadness and loss during the evening, know that 100% of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Entry is free and there will be a cash bar, with an ATM on site.
Que Sera is located at 1923 E Seventh St. An Evening of Rush begins at 9 p.m. and runs until 1 a.m. For more information, click here.
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