Neil Peart was my gateway drug to all things drumming. In 1989 I bought the live Rush album "A Show Of Hands". I was three-fourths of the way through, already loving what I had heard and knowing I would be playing that cassette again and again. Then I got to the drum solo. That was it. I was done. I didn't know you could do that with the drums. And as I eventually learned... most people can't. But beyond his amazing drum skills and his fantastic lyrics, now looking back I think one of the coolest aspects of Neil Peart is that he showed there was a place in the world of rock music (and in the world in general) for those of us who were introverted geeks who loved to read. - Cris
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