How is Canada handling the passing of Neil Peart?

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  1. wahfreak

    wahfreak Member

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    Just curious what the general mood is in Canada. Is this a really big deal for the country as a whole?
     
  2. Doomrider78

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    I can't say it's a big national thing but it's certainly been an undercurrent to the last week: I walked into my local guitar store on the day and they were playing Rush over the stereo. People who came in were mentioning it and it was definitely a discussion point. A guy was trying out a bass and was playing Spirit of Radio.

    The hockey games I watched used Rush music as most of their incidental and between play music, as did the NFL coverage I watched. It also made the news.

    Certainly, it was a big deal for the music scene here in Vancouver. I can't attest to the rest of the country but I'd imagine it was the same.
     
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    They're not drinking maple syrup for a week.
     
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    I would hope the flags are at half mast. Seriously.
     
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    I agree, but I would think that they should already be there for the Canadian passengers of the downed Ukrainian airliner.

    2020 has been pretty awful so far for our northern friends.
     
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    Wait, was he bestowed the Order of Canada?
     
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    It an underlying current of sadness for a certain generation (or 2 of us). They were the first 'big' Canadian band - perhaps following the Guess Who and BTO.
    For me they really epitomized the Southern Ontario sound... we could hear ourselves in their playing - something to aspire to.
    And they toured locally, relentlessly and became our sound.
    Plus - their longevity - not only as a musical force, but as friends - who in many ways exemplified character that one could aspire to as you matured - hard work, excellence, humour, and thoughtfulness.
    Just my very big .02 cents...

    Plus - to add - they were often available to Canadian Radio and media - watching Neil's drumming progress over the years and hearing CBC interviews with him, wove him into the fabric of our lives.

    And - it's possible to feel sad and grief stricken both over Neil's passing and the unimaginable tragedy of flight 752. A really sad week
     
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    Ugh I just thought you meant Neil Young and almost fainted
     
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    Oh that was upsetting for a minute. I saw the title and thought perhaps Neil Young had passed also.
    R.I.P. MR. PEART. I salute you with a shot of Crown Royal.
     
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    Rush, as a band, was given the Order of Canada back in '97. First time for 'a band' instead of individually.

    [​IMG]

    I heard a subway busker jamming some Rush the other day & he had gathered more than a few of the usual lookie lou's. Some more radio attention, not that I'm a big radio fan. Flags are half staff for the IranAirFIasco.
     
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    It’s still a divided loyalties toss up between Rush and Helix (and maybe April Wine) as far as I can tell from the odd Canadian documentary we see in Oz, like the one below. (Warning: lots of “f-bombs” in the clip)

     
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    Better than the firing of don cherry, unfortunately
     
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    Yeah!

    You can't just say Neil in this context. I almost fell out of bed.
     
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    Me too!
     
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    A nation is heartbroken.

    :(

     
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    Helix is a cool band, so is April Wine but Rush....I mean....that is like saying Johnny Diesel and the Injectors are as big as AC/DC in the hearts of Australians.

    There has been a lot of chatter, especially in my Facebook and Intsagram feeds, but...they are loaded with my local musician buddies. Rush is part of the fabric of rock and roll for anyone born in the 60's, 70's and maybe 80's here. They faded to the background in recent years, but when something like this happens.....those old jean jackets with the Rush patches seem to work their way to the front of your closet.
     
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    It was a real shock for this Canadian, as I had no idea he was even sick.

    I don't believe anyone outside of his family and friends knew...
     
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    Khésoos, I thought that the thread was about Mr. Young! Almost had a heat attack.

    Neil Peart's passing was a shock, yes, but please change the thread title.
     
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    Me too! Im not prepared to deal with that emotional disaster right now!

    :thud

    No disrespect to Rush fans and Mr Pert but NY is one of my biggest influences and personal heros
     

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