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Neil Peart's Family Creates Memorial Fund Auction to Support Royal Victoria Hospital

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Neil Peart's immediate family, including his parents Betty and Glen, as well as his sister Nancy and her family are preparing a silent auction of donated items to help support the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ontario.

From the annoucement:Peart Family Memorial Fund Auction
A bidding auction with amazing items donated by so many generous friends, family, & fans!

Members of Neil's Family (his parents, Betty & Glen, and sister, Nancy and her family) have all had to use the services at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ontario and are active supporters of the RVH Foundation. With offers of so many amazing items, they decided that setting up a silent auction in support of the foundation is the perfect way to honour Neil's memory. We are so thankful to all of the amazing people who are donating items. We can keep this auction going as long as items keep coming in.

We will set up deadlines for each item so that we will always have something live to bid on. You…

Modern Drummer Magazine Releasing Neil Peart 'Legends' Issue This September

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Over the course of Neil Peart's professional career, the Rush drummer had appeared on the cover of Modern Drummer magazine a record NINE times. With his untimely passing this past January, Modern Drummer dedicated their May 2020 issue to his memory, which marked the tenth cover appearance for time Neil.

Modern Drummer has just announced a new Legends series for their magazine, where the premiere issue will be centered around Neil Peart. From MD:First installment in the Modern Drummer Legends series

Anthology of all 9 of the Rush drummer’s Modern Drummer cover interviews

Includes the complete contents of his May 2020 Modern Drummer tribute issue

Analysis of Peart’s performances on every Rush studio album

A survey of the evolution of his famous live drumkits

An in-depth look at his seven self-penned books

Remembrances and impressions from dozens of leading drummers

Transcriptions of deep Rush cuts

Neil discussing the Snakes & Arrows track “Malignant Narcissism”

“A Life Changed …

Alex Lifeson Reportedly Releasing 25th Anniversary Edition of 'Victor'

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During a conversation with Ultimate Guitar, The Aristocrats' drummer Marco Minnemann discussed his past collaboration with Alex Lifeson, and also revealed that Alex was preparing to re-release his solo album Victor as a '20th-anniversary edition' [SIC]. In fact as Victor was released back in 1996, the re-release would actually be a 25th Anniversary edition.

From the interview:You also worked with Alex Lifeson of Rush. In a recent interview, he mentioned that he has barely played guitar after Neil Peart's passing. Are you in contact with Alex, and would you be interested in doing something if the opportunity came up?
"Yeah, absolutely! With Alex, I've been working already for years, and Alex and I have released stuff together; he's on my albums. I know about him, he had the thought about retiring a little bit a few years ago.

"But he still likes to play guitar and I hope he continues. We've been in touch just recently actually, just a few days ago…

Neil Peart Honored With Pavilion In His Former Hometown

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Neil Peart is being honoured with the naming of a pavilion in Port Dalhousie.

St. Catharines city council made the name Neil Peart Pavilion at Lakeside Park official Wednesday in a unanimous vote following public engagement earlier this year.

More than 81 per cent of residents who voted online chose Neil Peart Pavilion over the name Lakeside Park Pavilion.

"The public voting on naming is obviously fairly conclusive," said Port Dalhousie Coun. Bruce Williamson. "Neil Peart's been one of our most famous local individuals and a lot of his songs have local roots, including the namesake park."

Peart grew up in St. Catharines and went to elementary and high school in the city. He worked at the former midway in Port Dalhousie's Lakeside Park in the summer and wrote the Rush song "Lakeside Park."