Weird - I just tried the link again and it seems stuck downloading too. It might be that too many people are hitting it at once. I receive the link via the Rush newsletter email sent out this morning.This year's festival is a Neil Peart extravaganza tribute, which doesn't appeal to me, as I wasn't a Rush fan. I used to go to the MD Festival every year, both Saturday and Sunday, and after a number of times, it just got old listening to a bunch of drummers soloing. I did win a few cool door prizes, including a Tama hi-hat stand.
I stopped reading Modern Drummer a good ten/twelve years ago or more, and dumped almost all my back issues in the recycling bin at the county dump last winter. You can only keep so much stuff. I still have another pile to discard.
Some drummers would bring their bands with them, but the majority of drummers just came out, played a long solo and answered questions. It got old after several years. I'd fall asleep occasionally by late Sunday afternoon.I've been playing drums for over 25 years and the one thing I've learned is that listening to drummers without the context of the song is, for the most part, boring as h3ll.
Louie Bellson was one the nicest, most gracious human beings who ever lived. We met and talked several times. The weekend I saw him at the MD festival, he and his wife, Francine, had a table in the hallway and Louie was totally approachable, signing autographs and talking with everyone. On the contrary, A-Hole Colaiuta was walking around with an armed guard who was pushing people away. Then, Louie went onstage with his big band and blew all the other younger drummers appearing that weekend away.I remember meeting Louie Bellson when I was in HS, he had such a soft handshake and seemed like such a humble man.
I can imagine.That would bore me to tears. My drummer friend John is a major Rush fan and saw them live something like 63 times. He met Alex and Geddy any number of times, but Peart never ever mingled with fans. He was supposedly very shy.My wife is a Rush zealot and we ordered this.It's boring.Lot's of drummer jerking off over triplets and quads.