Wow! We wondered what drum set Neil Peart would bring to the Late Show with David Letterman last night to wrap up “Drum Solo Week.” I’m not even sure you could call we had had a “set,” because it was more like several sets combined on a rotating platform.
We know that “Drum Solo Week” is not a competition, but if it were Neil would be the hands-down winner. To our ears, the difference between his performance and the others earlier in the week by Anton Fig, Sheila E., and Roy Haynes, was that the others were drummers playing the drums very well, while Peart was a percussion musician creating a new form of music.
Peart’s use of electronics during the middle of his composition brought a whole new texture to drumming that took it into the realm of an actual song rather than just a rhythmic beat.
The designs on his drums and cymbals were very stylish, which, along with the circular shape of the rotating rig and the colors and reflections of the stage lights made the rig look almost like a glowing spaceship command center when viewed from above.
Over the last quarter-century, Letterman has broadcast some great musical performances, and Neil Peart’s drum solo last night joins that list very near the top. If you missed the show or want to see the performance again, click here.
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