I've been a huge RUSH/Neil Peart fan for many years. No other drummer has caught
my attention more than Neil Peart. I first heard RUSH when a friend played the drum
solo from the All The World's a Stage version of Working Man/Finding My Way. From
that moment on it's been a journey to learn as much as I can from him - his style and
attention to detail is what I like most. I've had the pleasure (through a mutual friend and
Jack Secret) of meeting the guys in the band (although they wouldn't know me if walked
up to them) and attending several soundchecks when they come to town. One incredible
moment was on the Presto Tour (after Neil painted the White w/Pink Ludwig's Purple).
He came out with what appeared to be an 8x12 tom still in the White w/Pink (I believe
those Ludwig's were 9" deep) and placed it in the kit, tuned it and played it with the 6, 8,
and 10 (all in Purple). He was listening to that on tom for about 20 minutes or so - now
that's cool. Another was standing side stage right of Alex on the Vapor Trials Tour while
they soundchecked 'The Pass'. I couldn't believe how loud they were - and I was hearing
the side fills monitors and hearing the echo in the house. Insane!!
For me, I've played in every form of band from first playing with intermediate/high
school bands, local cover bands, original bands, and all the way to being signed to Arista
Records in 1989. But after all that I still find my self wishing I was playing music full-
time. For whatever reason it wasn't in the cards - to be the next 'big' band. So when I
came to terms with all that - I stopped and thought. If I could play music what would
make you the happiest - it was easy - RUSH. So after years of playing, I joined a
guitarist (Andy) who was looking to start a RUSH Cover band. We quickly found our
Keyboardist/Singer (D Paul) and plugged in our Bass Player (Michael) after that. So
Blame Canada was completed just six months ago and we're now out and playing.
The goal of this band is to have fun (much like Geddy, Alex and Neil do today). Not take
ourselves so seriously like so many progressive bands do. Blame Canada sounds like
RUSH but we look like Bob and Doug McKenzie. We've adopted an entire Canadian
Theme for the live show. You’ll find photos of Willilam Shatner, Count Floyd, misc.
Canadian Beer references, the Canadian Mountie, and last but not least 'The Man Against
the Leaf'. The name was inspired by South Park.
I play the DW Collectors Series in the Candy Apple Red. All the shells are exactly
as Neil Peart's R30 Kit (if you're a Peart Fan you know the sizes); The Cymbals are
A. Zildjians with the exception of the 18" Wuhan China Type (Again, if you're a fan
you'll find the cymbals sizes too); I play the MalletKAT Express w/ Kurzweil PC2
sounds and would like to thank Mario and Connie at AlternateMode for their support
and the wonderful instrument; there are also the semi-melodic cowbells (for A Passage
to Bangkok, The Trees, and Xanadu). Lastly, we carry all the drums around in Calzone
ATA Road Case provided by Vin Calzone - special thanks to Linda Tilson.