Dumb and Dumbest Episode #313: Neil Peart, Rush, and Record Sales

The music world lost a giant on January 7th when Neil Peart of Rush lost his battle with cancer. On hte new podcast we examine the correlation between the death of a beloved musical icon and record sales and streaming plays. Dumb and Dumbest Podcast #313 is streaming now and it’s all about Neil Peart, Rush, and Record Sales! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions) and Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), in addition to the podcast, Matt and Curtis host The Music Marketing Challenge, a low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. The new challenge is about Mastering The Art of Pitching Your Band to Labels and Journalists! Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! DM Matt or Curtis at the links below for details Continue reading

Tool Pays Tribute To Neil Pert of Rush in San Diego

As the news gripped the world the other night that Rush’s Neil Peart had died, Tool was kickiing off their new leg of the Fear Inoculum tour in San Diego. The band paid tribute to Peart and Rush, several times during the night: During Danny Carey’s drum solo, later performing a partial cover of ‘A Passage to Bangkok’ and their “walk out music at the end of the night, 2112. Watch fan filmed video! Continue reading

A Letter to Neil Peart

Dear Neil,

I’m writing this letter and Permanent Waves is playing in the background. You don’t know me and, with your passing on the 7th January 2020, I guess we will have to make our acquaintance in the next life. Continue reading

Watch “Down With The Sickness” by Disturbed in the Style of Metallica, Faith No More, Rush, Strapping Young Lad

Anthony Vincent of the YouTube Channel 10 Second Songs is back with another amazing parody video. Here is tackles Disturbed’s original classic hit single ‘Down With The Sickness” in 20 popular styles including Simon and Garfunkel, Metallica, Tears for Fears Faith No More Childish Gambino, Buju Banton, Michael Bolton, The Hu, Bill Withers, Yungblud, Pink Floyd, Barney The Dinosaur, Strapping Young Lad, Beethoven, Earth, Wind & Fire, Genesis and more! Continue reading

Surviving Members of Rush Comment on Neil Peart’s Death, Other Rockers React

As new spreads around the globe of the passing of drumming and Progressive Music Giant Neil Peart, reactions have been swift and the outpouring deep. Beginning with a statement from Rush band members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, many icons of the music world themselves, including many great Canadians, commented on the profound impact Peart had on us all. Fans have joined in the world over with their tributes as well.  We’ll have more information about this tragic and terrible loss for the music world as it develops. Continue reading

UPDATED: Neil Peart, Iconic Drummer of Rush, Dead of a Brain Tumor at 67

Neil Peart, arguably the best and most respected Rock drummer in the world with the band Rush, has died of a brain tumor. He was just 67. The shocking news was originally reported by the Canadian Broadcasting Company, the official news source of Canada. His death was confirmed by Meg Symsyk, a media spokesperson for the progressive rock trio comprising Peart, Geddy Lee, and Alex Lifeson, and that he died earlier this week in California officially passed away near his adopted home of Santa Monica, California on January 7th. There was no news or indication that Peart, an intensely private person, was battling brain cancer, so this news is sending a shockwave through the music community. Peart was not only known as a virtuoso drummer and co-author of some of the greatest albums of all time with Rush, but he was also the bands’ primarily lyricist over most of his career with them, driving the concepts for their many layered releases. He was also a celebrated teacher, author, and all-around wonderful person. Peart’s survivors include his wife Carrie and daughter Olivia. Funeral plans are pending. We send light and love to Neal’s millions of fans the world over at this time. We will have more news on this story as it develops. Continue reading

Rush – “Making of A Farewell To Kings” Graphic Novel Released

Fantoons has released the official RUSH graphic novel chronicling the making of the band’s classic album “A Farewell To Kings”, the first in the animation studio’s ongoing relationship with RUSH. Look at early panel samples below! This epic, fully authorized graphic novel chronicles the birth of RUSH’s classic album “A Farewell To Kings”. Relive the production trials and triumphs alongside Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee and Neil Peart as they create the masterpiece of progressive rock that gave birth to such tracks as “Closer To The Heart” and the majestic “Xanadu”. The book is co-written by Fantoons’ David Calcano and Lindsay Lee, and features artwork by Juan Riera and Ittai Manero. The story was written with input from RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson and album producer Terry Brown, who also penned the foreword. Continue reading