Man, you gotta’ love Neil Peart. In addition to everything else he gives the fans, he also gives great interviews. His infectious enthusiasm, the depth and breadth of his knowledge as a reader, his experiences as a traveler, and that deep voice, all add up to something special.
As a long time Rush fan, the challenge, however, can be, as Neil once put it, “thrice told tales.” But if you hang in there, you can get the little nuggets too.
In this interview (hat tip Ed!) with music writer Jesse Kinos-Goodin of CBC Music, Neil starts talking about his bicycling days. Once again, nothing new for a Rushhead.
But around the 2:50 mark of Part One, he talks about the first time he rode his bicycle between shows. He recalled it being between Charlotte and Greensboro. That certainly resonated for me. My hometown is Greensboro and my two sisters live in Charlotte. Through the years, I’ve driven between the two many times.
Looking at their tour list, it appears this would be Powerwindows, April 20-22, 1986.
Anyway, what a sharp memory and give it up for Neil – riding a bike for 100 miles in the heart of NASCAR country was no mean feet.
Perrdy darn good Bubba!