Peart Storms Out on Lipton After 80th Rush Lyric Joke


It was a decidedly hot time in paradise yesterday when celebrated Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart stormed out of an interview with legendary host James Lipton during an afterlife-streamed sit down last evening.  The event was co-sponsored by Tim Russert and Buddy Rich.

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Peart, sometimes considered the “least wacky” member of the legendary rock trinity appeared gradually more annoyed at Lipton’s queries, punctuated by lyrical jabs related to Rush’s musical catalog.  Some excerpts below :

LIPTON – “Did you ever consider writing, perhaps, any lyrics for the composition ‘YYZ’?”

PEART – “No.”

LIPTON – “Because you believed it would be a glittering prize, or an endless compromise?”

PEART – “Because it was fine as it was, and we felt instrumentals were a lost art.”

LIPTON – “Why exactly would any maple be happy with constant shade?  Was not ‘The Trees’ simply a rewriting of Randy Neuman’s ‘Short People’?”

PEART – “I believe our song was first.”

LIPTON – “In your biggest hit ‘Tom Sawyer’, is getting ‘high’ on traded energy a metaphor for drugs or sex, and did you or any member of the group bang Aimee Man?  If so, why?”

PEART – “That’s it.  Take off.”

The conversation ended at the 34 minute mark at that point, before Lipton could finish with his infamous list of ten questions.  A follow up phone call from staffers did find that the percussionist’s favorite word was “onomotopea”, and his least favorite was “Dreamtheater.”


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