Neil Peart


Neil Peart



DATE: January 10, 2005
LOCATION: Metalworks Studio
TOUR: Canada for Asia
DESCRIPTION:  For their contribution to the Canada for Asia telethon the members of Rush, Mike Smith (Bubbles from the Trailer Park Boys) and Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies) pre-recorded the Rush classic, Closer to the Heart at Metalworks Studio on January 10, 2005. I was the official photographer for both, the televised event (that included, amongst others, Tom Cochrane, The Tragically Hip, Sloan and Jason McCoy) and for the private recording session with Rush. 
I have to say that being in the studio with Rush was definitely an unforgettable high point of my career. As a young teenager, first discovering rock n roll, Rush was one of the first bands I started listening to, they were the second concert I saw (1984) and I've been an unwavering fan ever since. 
When I first arrived at the studio the camera crew was milling about setting up their lights and taking meter readings; I sat down near Neil's drum kit and began to prep my gear. While my head was down, the camera crew exited the room and unbeknownst to me, Neil Peart entered and sat down at his kit. I didn't really realize he was there until he started warming up...and when I say warming up, I mean, he was doing all those incredible things that Neil does on his drums (you know, those things that we all air-drum to in concert during YYZ!) I didn't pick up my camera. I didn't make any photographs. I just watched and listened. Mesmerized. 
This photograph was made afterwards and I love it because it's just Neil listening to Geddy, Alex, Ed and Bubbles chatting in the studio. Not playing, just listening.
PRINTED ON:  Photo Rag® Deckle Edge 308 gsm, produced using Ultra Chrome HD inks from Epson. 
PAPER SIZE: 13"x 19"
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