Last night, Rush’s Neil Peart went on the Late Show With David Letterman and played an epic six-minute drum solo. Almost nobody else on the planet could pull off such a stunt without putting the audience to sleep, but for Peart is undoubtably one of the greatest drummers alive and it was practically effortless. Members of Paul Shaffer’s CBS Orchestra chime in here and there, but Peart – playing a humongous, rotating kit – carries the whole thing on his back.
He appeared on the show to promote his new book Far And Away: A Prize Every Time and the Rush’s ongoing Moving Pictures world tour. The show is amazing, but next time out they need to play 2112 straight though. Next to a Genesis reunion with Peter Gabriel, it’s the greatest prog tour imaginable.