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R.I.P. Neil Peart (1952-2020), legendary drummer for Rush

We learn today that Canadian rock legend Neil Peart has passed away after a three-year battle with brain cancer.

Joining fellow Canadians, the rock band Rush, in time for their second album, 1974’s Fly By Night. Neil’s drumming was a game changer for the band,as evidenced by opening track ‘Anthem’ (below).

Anthem (Fly By Night, 1974)

Full reports on Peart’s sad passing can be found here…

Rush drumming legend Neil Peart dead at 67

Rest in peace, Neil Ellwood Peart (1952-2020), and thanks for the music.

Video: Funk & Soul Medley (with Switch)

Been a while since my last post (several life-changing events recently – all positive!) but thought I’d post a new video from Switch.

For those new to my blog, Switch are my main function band at the moment. I’ve been their guitar player since the beginning of 2015, and we’ve performed at all manner of function & event in that time.

This medley was recorded last winter, but only recently uploaded by the band. It features three funk & soul songs, all of which are staples of the wedding/function band scene:

  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Stevie Wonder)
  • Never Too Much (Luther Vandross)
  • Ain’t Nobody (Chaka Khan)

This medley showcases Switch’s full six-piece lineup of female vocals, bass, drums, keys, guitars & male backing vox (me), plus alto sax & female backing vox.

For my part in this recording, the guitar used was my Fender Modern Player Stratocaster (short scale model), DI’d direct into the studio desk. Recording took place at Nemix Studios in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. I must admit that I don’t know which ‘re-amp’ patches were used for my guitar tones, other than I requested a Fender Blackface/Deluxe style amp for the clean sound. Sorry there isn’t any more detail….

As always, let me know what you think. In case the video above does not play, you can access it on YouTube here.

Enjoy! xx