Drums

Mike Oldfield talks Songs of Distant Earth

NICK KREWEN Mike Oldfield, the British composer of Tubular Bells, the chart-topping 1973 instrumental album that revolutionized rock music and represented progressive rock at its most indulgent, sees future music entertainment as “a Salvadore Dali painting you can walk into.” Limited copies of his new album, Songs Of Distant Earth, contain a multi-media CD-ROM that he assembled midway through recording sessions, and Oldfield says he’s excited by new computer technology. “I…


Burning For Buddy

Neil Peart launches solo album tribute to iconic drummer Buddy Rich NICK KREWEN The Hamilton Spectator October 20, 1996 Neil Peart admits he’s been in no rush to release a solo album. One of Canada’s foremost drummers and lyricists who has built his worldwide reputation exclusively with Canadian power rock trio Rush over 22 years and almost as many million-selling albums, Peart launched the band’s first outside project earlier this…


Metallica: Blood, Sweat and Beers

NEED TO KNOW: METALLICA, with Corrosion Of Conformity at Copps Coliseum on Tuesday, February 25. 7:00 p.m. Remaining tickets are $32.50 and available at the Copps Coliseum and Hamilton Place box offices, or by calling TicketMaster at 645-5000.   NICK KREWEN Hamilton Spectator February 20, 1996 There was a scene at last month’s American Music Awards ceremony almost bizarre enough to resurrect Rod Serling‘s decaying corpse. During this Twilight Zone…


Surviving With Rush

PUBLISHED IN THE CANADIAN COMPOSER, APRIL 1986     SURVIVING WITH RUSH     Drummer-lyricist Neil Peart looks forward      By Nick Krewen   The mark of longevity in the music business is originality. Usually, a band that lasts in this fashionably fickle marketplace does so by leaving an indelible imprint on audiences. For the 12 years that drummer Neil Peart has been a part of Rush with guitarist…