Former Dream Theater drummer and current member of Sons Of Apollo, Mike Portnoy, was the latest interview guest of the YouTube channel of Consequence of Sound alongside Charlie Benante, Matt Halpern & Arejay Hale and they’ve recalled the 40th Anniversary of Rush’s eighth studio album named ‘Moving Pictures.’

Neil Peart was one of the most talented drummers of the century and he was also the lyricist of the Rush. After 57 years of an astonishing career, he has passed away from this world due to glioblastoma in 2020, at the age of 67.

According to the explanation of the channel, they have gathered four talented drummers to honor the late legend Neil Peart and discuss Rush’s legacy as a stickman. In the interview, Mike Portnoy has recalled the moment he met Neil and unveiled how he was impacted by the news of Neil Peart’s passing.

Here is what Mike Portnoy said about Neil:

“I think John Bonham has been universally acclaimed as one of the greatest of all time, and deservingly so. He really, really is deserving of that.

But with all due respect, his entire recording career only lasted 11 years, and he’s also now been gone for 40 years. So there is something to be said for his place in drumming history because he’s been gone for so long.

“I think Neil had 40 years of drumming career and he’s only been gone one year, so I think time will tell. It’s ridiculous to even have to choose between the two because they both brought so much to the drum world and they both left behind such an incredible legacy.

But I think the fact that Neil’s drumming career was 40 years long and gave us 40 years of music and drumming to listen to and reflect on – I think, to me, that puts him ahead of John. I think he’s the greatest of all time, I really do.

And I think he’s only been gone a year so it’s hard to really see how that’s gonna be felt five, 10, 20 years from now. But I think he will go down in history as the greatest rock drummer of all time, I really do. And another thing that also showed his impact was when he died last year how it impacted everybody beyond drummers.”

He continued:

“The social media feeds for weeks after he passed were nothing but him. It was similar to when Eddie Van Halen died last year as well, and Eddie is a similar type of player in the guitar world. A lot of people consider Eddie the greatest of all time, up there with Hendrix.

And it’s the same here with Neil up there with Bonham. And the fact that they both went in the same year, both of their deaths – Eddie and Neil just went beyond their respective instruments, the whole world was hit by it and affected by it.”

You can watch the whole conversation below.

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