Neil Peart ― Discography: Solo and with other musicians
On this page, you'll find projects Neil Peart has played on as a solo artist or with other musicians.
With Jack Secret (unreleased)
"White Flag" (co-writer: lyrics) circa 1980s
Music and arrangement: Dean Anthony Geranios
Words: Neil Peart
"Tough Break" (drums; co-writer: lyrics) circa 1980s
Rush recorded this song with Jack Secret (a pseudonym for Tony Geranios, a longtime Rush crew member) and Skip Gildersleeve (another Rush crew member) at Le Studio in Quebec. Here's more information about this song:
Words, music, arrangement: Dean Anthony
Geranios (Jack Secret)
Neil Peart: Drums
Jack Secret: Voice, Bass
Alex Lifeson: Guitar
Skip Gildersleeve: Guitar
Geddy Lee: Keys, Backing Voice
From the Signals Tourbook:
"We were getting a little bored with inactivity. During the mixing of Exit... Stage Left there was really not much for us to do except say 'it sounds good' or 'it doesn't sound good.'
"I had been working down in the little studio, cleaning and renovating an old set of Hayman drums that were kicking around, and had started working on a 'Jack Secret' song with Jack and Skip from the crew. Geddy and Alex soon joined in on keyboards and rhythm guitar, and we later recorded the song ('Tough Break') up in the studio."
It's a musical snapshot of the band between Moving Pictures and Signals, and you can hear the keyboard ideas of "Subdivisions" and "Countdown" starting to form. Also, you can hear how Peart's detailed and powerful drumming elevates the song. For example, listen to the hi-hat work in the second verse, as well as the snare placement.
Peart, Lifeson, and Lee played with Max Webster on the song
Max Webster often opened for Rush in the 1980s, and Max Webster's lyricist Pye Dubois co-wrote lyrics for several Rush songs, including "Tom Sawyer," "Force 10," "Test for Echo," and "Between Sun and Moon."
In the Moving Pictures tourbook, Neil wrote:
"Toronto, July 28, 1980. An intense thunderstorm raged outside all day long, while indoors a storm of a different kind was brewing. In the studios of Phase One, two complete sets of equipment crammed the room, and two complete bands filled the air with a Wagnerian tumult, as Max Webster and ourselves united to record a song for their album, called Battlescar."
Peart plays on the song "Champion (of the World)"
and is co-drummer with Journey drummer Steve Smith on
"Champion (of the World)" fits Peart's style well, with some interesting side stick and bass drum syncopation at the beginning.
"Pieces of Eight" - Modern Drummer Soundsheet, 1987
"Pieces of Eight" was a solo project for Peart to try out his
new Ludwig drums (see "The Quest for
New Drums") and was a sound supplement included in
the May 1987 Modern Drummer.
This song showcases Peart's compositional abilities, with him playing his malletKAT and other assorted percussion. The result is dynamic piece that echoes the 7/8 riff "Natural Science" riff in the verses.
During the Hold Your Fire tour, Peart would add the "verse" section of "Pieces of Eight" to his drum solo as call and response between the malletKAT and his acoustic drums. On the Vapor Trails tour, he added the chorus section of "Pieces of Eight."
In the May 1987 Modern Drummer article, "The Quest for New Drums" Peart wrote:
Recorded and mixed at Elora Sound Studios
Engineered by Jon Erickson
Technical Assistance by Jim Burgess, Larry Allen, and Tony Geranios
"... the Rheostatics recorded with Rush's Neil Peart in 1992. He came down to Reaction Studios while we were making Whale Music and set up a little yellow jazz kit in the corner. The Barenaked Ladies were there, too; they'd laid in their background vocal to "California Dreamline" earlier in the day and together we watched Neil warm up, a chimeric figure in his beaded African hat under the low studio lights. Head lowered, torso centered, feet kicking, his hands glancing over the drums, Neil played all afternoon. His touch was soft when it had to be, but propulsive, too, like a distance runner tugging the flow of blood to his heart. It's one thing to see your hero perform from a distant seat in Maple Leaf Gardens, but it's something else to feel close to his work, as I did that day. At one time in my life, I'd dreamed of what it would be like to simply attend a Rush concert, and there I was at the studio, not 20 feet from where he was crafting a part for a song that would appear on our album.....As Neil commanded his kit, he painted my adolescence before me, evoking everything about it." - Dave Bidini, The Rheostatics (Toronto Star, Jan. 6, 2002)"
"Momo's Dance Party" from A Work in Progress
Songs: "Cotton Tail" (drums) and "Pick Up the
In 1992, Peart participated in the Buddy Rich Scholarship concert, a move that astonished many in the drumming community, given that he is first and foremost a rock drummer. But with the Buddy Rich Band he was stretching into jazz. After that experience, Peart was inspired to play more music with a big band.
In an interview in the February 1995 Modern Drummer with William F. Miller (WFM below), Peart (NP) explained how the project came about:
Song: "One O'clock Jump" (drums)
Burning for Buddy - Volume II was released after the first volume sold reasonably well. In all, 39 songs were recorded for the Burning for Buddy sessions. Eighteen were released with Volume I, and 13 were released with Volume II. (If you do the math, this means there are still nine unreleased songs from the Burning for Buddy sessions.)
One thing to note on this CD is that Peart actually went back in to the studio with Buddy's band after the original sessions and recorded "One O'clock Jump." One reason for this was that he had studied with Freddie Gruber for over a year and wanted to mark his progress with a jazz recording.
Peart wrote about his work on this album in this News, Weather, and Sports update from 2006. He collaborated on the lyrics for one song and played drums on three songs.
The tracks include:
- "All Is Said and Done"
- "The Lucky One"
- "The Middle Ground"
- "I Believe in You"
- "Save Me From Myself" drums by Neil Peart
- "Carrying On"
- "Back to You"
- "Can You Help Me"
- "Welcome to the Bottom" drums by Neil Peart
- "Even Now" Lyrics and drums by Neil Peart, Music by Matt Scannell
At the end of 2009, Peart recorded a new version of "The Hockey Theme" for TSN networks. For the recording and song, Drum Workshop built him a new hockey-themed drum kit. According to the DW drums article:
The set is airbrushed in Lacquer Graphics with NHL logos and ultra-custom Ice Blue hardware. DW Custom shop Artist, Louie Garcia comments, Neil told me he wanted to begin a new masterpiece with this kit. He really wanted it to represent the game of hockey, incorporating center ice and the face-off circles. And for the look of ice, we with went with a pearlescent color called Blue Frost. It really is a unique kit"
A new DVD was released in October, 2010, "Fire on Ice: The Making of 'The Hockey Theme."