Today is a HUGE milestone in rock and roll. 41 years ago today, Neal Peart played his first gig as the drummer for Rush. It was a show in Pittsburgh opening up for Manfred Mann’s Earthband and Uriah Heap. The crowd was 12,000 deep, but as the boys took to the stage, stars were born. That was the beginning of a Canadian band who would deliver some of rock’s biggest classics over the next 4 decades.
Neal Peart is considered one of rock’s greatest drummers, but that is a tricky decision because it’s a personal choice.
However, there are 3 names that are at the top of pretty much every list of ‘greatest drummers of all time’.
John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
Bonzo was famous for his speed and intensity, but but above all, he was a “soul” drummer, and could solo like no one else (see below).
Keith Moon (The Who)
Keith Moon’s untamed recklessness was part of the Who’s core. He was wild, he was brash (both on and off the stage), and they haven’t sounded the same since he passed away in 1978.
Neal Peart (Rush)
Drummer and lyricist for Rush, Neal Peart is the quintessential rock drummer. He’s known for his ingenious drum parts and intense solos. You can always tell when it’s Peart playing.