If you’ve had the experience of seeing Rush live in concert, or perhaps you’ve just seen them on one of the many live performances included on their recently released R40 box set, you may have thought to yourself, “Wow, Neil Peart’s drum set sure has a lot of drums.” Or you may have wondered, “Does he really need all of those drums?” Or, “What are they all for?”
Well, in a new video posted by the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Music, the rarely interviewed Peart discussed his kit. Yes, there are a lot of pieces in his kit. But, no, he said, he doesn’t really need all of them.
“I’ve played on rental sets,” he said, mentioning that he occasionally goes to Drum Workshop, “and I’ll tell them just to set up any old thing. I like to play on unfamiliar drum sets. I could make a record on any old drum set.”
That said, he doesn’t make a record, or play Rush concerts, on “any old drum set.”
As for the number of drums he uses? “You can break my setup to a basic four-drum setup,” he explained.