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A real music icon, Rush drummer Neil Peart (born on September 12, 1952, in Hamilton, Ontario) isn’t with us anymore. He has left our world for another journey, since he passed away on Tuesday (09/01/2020) in Santa Monica, California, after having been diagnosed with brain cancer. Peart was a drum legend, as his drum style was unique, very complex and powerful, a great influence for generations and generations of musicians. Apart from being a drumming genius, Peart wrote lyrics and many books. Rush’s Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee issued the following statement on Twitter:

 

 

After the release of the "Twilight Orchestra: Legacy Of The Dark Lands" album, Hansi Kürsch, frontman of German power metal icons Blind Guardian, gave an interview to Dead Rhetoric and said some very interesting things about the plans of Blind Guadrian and Demons & Wizards for 2020. So, when he was asked what he has planned for 2020, he answered:

"There's a lot of production for Blind Guardian, that's for sure. I would think this will occupy most of the year. My ideal schedule looks like we will end up handing in the next Blind Guardian album to the record label in September or October at the very latest. What I have on the agenda for 2020 is the release of the next Demons & Wizards album. We did some touring over the summer and it was quite an impressive experience to bring Demons & Wizards to the stage in a real touring format for the first time and see how the people reacted. It was a very pleasant surprise. At the same time, when we had some off time, we finished the successor for 'Touched By The Crimson King', and it's a very intense metal album. It will be released in the beginning of next year. Jon [Schaffer, also of Iced Earth] and I discussed if that there is a chance for us to free up a few spots to add Demons & Wizards shows, but that is up in the air. The album will be released in the first half of 2020 and this is something that people can really look out for. It's a very vivid, entertaining and classy album".

Rolling Stone made a list of the top 100 drummers of all time. The magazine's choices were based on "one important caveat: we used rock and pop as our rubric, so a drummer’s work needed to directly impact that world to make the list”. The second best drummer of all time is Keith Moon of The Who, and he is followed by Cream's Ginger Baker and Rush's Neal Peart.

Of course, John Bohnam of Led Zeppelin has topped the list! According to Rolling Stone, John Bonham “changed rock drumming forever on Led Zeppelin’s first record ("I")", and the magazine adds: “Jimmy Page was still amused by the disorienting impact that Good Times Bad Times, with its jaw-dropping bass-drum hiccups, had on listeners: ‘Everyone was laying bets that Bonzo was using two bass drums, but he only had one.’ Heavy, lively, virtuosic and deliberate, that performance laid out the terrain Bonham’s artful clobbering would conquer before his untimely death in 1980".

“At his most brutally paleolithic he never bludgeoned dully, at his most rhythmically dumbfounding he never stooped to unnecessary wankery, and every night on tour he dodged both pitfalls with his glorious stampede through Moby Dick".

 

 

 

During the last few days there have been a lot of rumours about Iron Maiden having completed their new album, with Kevin Shirley as the producer again. 

  • Just before Christmas, on Monday (December 23rd), Shirley offered a recap of 2019 on social media and alluded to a renewed Iron Maiden collaboration, saying that he spent three months in Paris earlier this year "working very hard on an unnamed but not-very-secret project." He added: "I finished with a loud ringing in my ears."
  • An Italian Iron Maiden fan site (Maiden Concerts) was the first media source who speculated that the legendary British band had already finished their work on their new, 17th studio album. The site gathered social media evidence that all six members of the band, their wives and Shirley were in Paris at the same time.
  • And finally, Iron Maiden frontman, Bruce Dickinson, hinted at a new Iron Maiden studio effort, during Iron Maiden's summer 2019 North American tour, telling the crowd "New Iron Maiden songs — sooner than you think" and that fresh music from the band wasn't "beyond the bounds of possibility," adding that a new Iron Maiden record was essentially a "certainty".

 

 

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