Because who doesn’t want to hear Neil Peart’s isolated drums from 2112?

Neil Peart had a couple of hard-and-fast rules: Never commit anything to tape that he couldn’t duplicate exactly when the Rush played live. And he never wanted to repeat himself. The skill and dedication required to adhere to those rules turned him into one of the greatest drummers of all time.

The “Overture” from 2112 didn’t inspire you to take up the drums yourself (yep; guilty), chances are you’ve attempted to air drum your way through it. Here are Neil’s parts nicely isolated from the entire first side of Rush’s 1976 masterpiece so you can finally figure out where you’ve been going wrong.

(Via FarOutMagazine)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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