What is Deke’s going on about now you ask?! Well the title say’s it all!
2:22 to 5:31 is time it take’s Neil Peart to demolish his Red Tama Double Bass Drum Kit During his solo that is all brilliantly captured sonically on the Classic Double Live Exit Stage Left from 1981.
The tune is the Musical Only YYZ.
I don’t need to go on about how great the other two Fella’s from Rush are and that’s Vocalist/Bassist Geddy Lee and Guitarist Alex Lifeson.
Together they mash up up a jam. Call it YYZ where each guy can play snippets of brilliance on there instrument but for me hands down it’s Peart who goes to town on this one…
Some background History I would like to share with ya’s…
I was raised in Rock with Solo’s as in Guitar Solo’s and Drum Solo’s. The first two Rock Guy’s that I had heard on vinyl that had solo’s were No Stangers to this Blog and that’s Ace Frehley and Peter Criss From KISS. Back in 1979 when I caught KISS live this would also be the first show that I had seen and the solo’s Ace with his smoking guitar and his mish mash playing of notes and Peter with his Drums rising high into the rafters had an impact on me. It was like Wowzer’s these guys are God’s. Well kinda….
A few years later I heard Eddie Van Halen’s Eruption which to this day I think is the best guitar solo live or in studio I have ever heard. Sorry Ace!
The first KISS album I owned was KISS Alive 2 which I got back in 1978. Smack dab on Side 2 of KISS Alive 2 was Ace playing a bunch of wacka doodle notes during his solo on his own tune Shock Me.
Peter Criss was interesting. On Side 3 of KISS ALIVE 2 is Peter slamming his Drums on God Of Thunder. Criss I thought at the time was the best drummer I had heard. I mean the opening of his Drum solo as simple as it is still sticks in mind 38 years later….
Case in Point….
Years later back in January of 1991 as Myself/Tbone/Rugg and Oink’s were headed on a Party Bus to Winnipeg to witness Poison put on a Half Assed Live show one dude on the Bus that we knew as Brighton even talked about the Criss drum solo from Alive 2 which garnered a good discussion about solo’s! In case your wondering why we called the dude Brighton. It was simple he was wearing a Brighton Rock T shirt. (Canadian Band). See Aaron we got nickname’s for everyone!
But back to the early 80’s and as everyone know’s KISS is struggling. Criss is tossed from his drum stool and here comes Neil a blazing and when I heard the live YYZ for the first time I was like…..
Now you have to remember it would be a few years later that I would discover Led Zeppelin and the Late John Bonham who is also Master of the Drums. But by than Zep was finished and I was digging into Bands that were still out there at the time doing it.
YYZ I could go on about it but I’m no Drummer so basically play YYZ or just start it at the 2:22 mark….. That part that Neil does with his cowbells is just ridiculous! Like …WHUT?
How can this dude play at this level that quick during all those Kooky Time Changes that Rush song’s have and still have enough Sauce left in his tank to bash out a Drum Solo?
Who know’s but Neil does. He is indeed The Professor! Come tot think of it I can listen to all of Neil’s Drum Solo’s on the various Rush Live Release’s through the years but man YYZ on Exit is just a Sonic Explosion….!
The Greatest Drum Solo I have ever heard or will hear for that matter!