RUSH drummer Neil Peart was a guest on tonight’s (Thursday, June 9) edition of “Late Show With David Letterman” as part of the “Drum Solos Week”.
Peart performed an edited version of his solo from RUSH‘s current “Time Machine” tour, capping off a week that also featured Anton Fig, Sheila E. and jazz legend Roy Haynes.
Check out video footage of Peart‘s appearance below.
“My regular live drum solo is about eight and a half minutes, so I decided I’d have to do a mental edit, accelerate the changes and minimize the improvisational parts and so on,” Neil told Music Radar. “At the rehearsal, during my first attempt, I had it down to about four minutes and 50 seconds, and the producers were giving me these worrisome looks.” Peart’s second run-through was more acceptable: “I got it down to about four minutes and two seconds.”
Peart admitted that when he was approached to be part of “Drum Solos Week”, his initial reaction was, “I don’t know… it’s not really my thing. But then I thought, ‘Hey, a drum solo on TV — sounds great! I’d be very honored to be the ambassador to drum solos.'”