It was always hard to communicate how large Rush loomed in the schema of my musical worldview. Maybe that was because despite their retirement in 2015, there was a sense they would always be there: three goofy Canadians with a terrific sense of humor that also happened to write some of the best, forward thinking rock music of all time. Always exploring, always looking ahead, the “Three Gods of Maple Leaf Prog Rock” as Dan called them felt immortal.
And then Friday we got the news: Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist for the band, passed away January 7th from brain cancer. It still hurts to write and see those words, because the thing I’ve slowly been coming to learn about my love for Rush, the things that keeps repeating in my head aren’t the riffs but the words. That’s where I fell in love with the band. The amazing riffs and absolutely exquisite drumming came later. The outpouring of love for Neil and the band and the music and the words…it’s incredible to read, providing a chance to dive back in and listen with fresh ears, ears sadly made fresh with the loss. And so for this edition of Nine Circles ov… I wanted to add my voice to the chorus, and take a moment to set down the music and words that resonate with me, to remember and celebrate a life that impacted me more than I realized.
Happy post-4th-of-July! With Q3 now fully underway, the guys look back at some of their favorite albums from the last three months of the year. (No headlines this week, folks–just right into the #BestofQ2 recap!) Plus, Dan discusses recent concert experiences seeing Royal Thunder and Rush!
All that and much, much more in Episode 7, so check it out!