A few words from drummer Danny Morris: "I started playing drums on a Wal-Mart drum kit my Grandparents bought me when I was 14 years old. The only reason I started playing drums at all, was to play like Nile on the In their Darkened Shrines record. I'm also really into Black Metal and play in two other bands. Gates of Mourning and Dzoavits. I feel you can hear a lot of that influence in my playing. Usually I don't like to play a song that doesn't have at least one blast beat. Current bands I'm listening to are Carach Angren, Visceral Disgorge and Belphegor."
Fans of iconic Canadian rock band Rush will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime chance to pose for a picture behind legendary drummer Neil Peart’s one-of-a-kind, Collector’s Series® Drum Workshop (DW) hockey-themed drumset on the band’s upcoming R40 Live Anniversary Tour. Highly recognized by hockey fans and Rush fans alike, Peart was featured playing his percussion-focused rendition of The Hockey Themeon the drumset in the opening sequence of hockey telecasts on The Sports Network (TSN) and has been on display in the Hockey Hall of Fame along with the Stanley Cup since 2010. Peart’s iconic drumset will be displayed on the Canadian dates of the R40 tour alongside a signed, limited edition Neil Peart Icon Snare from DW and a signed Sabian cymbal which will both be auctioned on eBay. 100% of the photo donations and auction proceeds will go to ThePrincess Margaret Cancer Foundation.
“This drumset has brought a lot of excitement to hockey fans and Rush fans all across Canada,” said Drum Workshop vice president of marketing, Scott Donnell. “It’s only fitting that these fans be afforded the opportunity to get behind this special kit as part of Rush’s R40 Canadian tour dates. We also felt it was fitting that Neil’s drums of choice could raise dollars and awareness for The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, Neil’s charity of choice.”
Photo opportunities with Peart’s iconic hockey kit will be available on the Canadian R40 Live Tour dates including:
June 17 - Toronto – Air Canada Centre
June 19 -Toronto – Air Canada Centre
June 21 - Montreal – Bell Centre
July 15 - Calgary – Scotiabank Saddledome
July 17 - Vancouver – Rogers Arena
For a minimum $10.00 donation to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, photo opportunities with Neil Peart’s DW hockey drumset will be available when doors open one hour prior to the start of each show and will be available until the end of the band’s scheduled intermission. A valid concert ticket is required.
From July 18th – July 27th, Rush fans from around the world can bid in the eBay charity auction for a Neil Peart Icon Snare Drum autographed by Rush. An exact replica of the snare drum on Peart’s one-of-a-kind #R40 drumset, this limited edition snare is made from 1500-year-old Romanian River Oak salvaged from the bottom of the Olt River. Inlaid with intricate, laser-cut exotic woods, and complimented by gold-plated hardware -- only 250 of these drums were ever produced. A signed and numbered certificate of authenticity and deluxe carrying bag will accompany each drum. In addition, fans will also have the opportunity to bid on a 17” Paragon Crash Cymbal from Sabian autographed by Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart. 100% of the proceeds from the auction of these items will go to Peart’s charity of choice, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. For more information, visit http://dwdrums.com/hockeykit/
“We are absolutely thrilled to be partners in this amazing touring event,” stated Paul Alofs, president & CEO of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. “As a long-time fan, to have Neil Peart select The Princess Margaret as his charity of choice is a real honour, and will help us in our mission to conquer cancer in our lifetime.”
The iconic hockey kit was created for Peart in DW’s custom shop in 2009 featuring airbrushed, lacquer graphics of 30 NHL logos and custom ice blue hardware. The kit was used in the recording of Peart’s recording of The Hockey Theme written by Dolores Clamen which was made available on iTunes with a portion of proceeds benefitting Hockey Fights Cancer and was also featured in the 2010 DVD “Fire on Ice: The Making of the Hockey Theme.”
The kit will make its final stop in Calgary, where it will permanently reside at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, and join over 2,000 artifacts in NMC’s collection, which represent the history of music technology and tell the story of music in Canada. Learn more at www.nmc.ca
Celebrating 40 years, the R40 LIVE Tour will visit 34 cities throughout North America this summer, which began May 8 in Tulsa, OK and finishes August 1st in Los Angeles, CA. For more information visit, www.rush.com
About The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation
The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation at University Health Network is raising funds to lead the way in Personalized Cancer Medicine at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world. www.thepmcf.ca
Consisting of a pedigree of extreme musicians, including current and former members of Necrophagist, Obscura, Spawn of Possession, Aborted, Dark Fortress, God Dethroned, Blotted Science and Noneuclid, ALKALOID set out to push the boundaries of progressive, extreme music on their impressive full-length debut The Malkuth Grimoire.
Entirely self-recorded, self-funded and self-released by the band via a successful crowdfunded Indiegogo campaign (details here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/alkaloid-s-debut-album-the-malkuth-grimoire--2), ALKALOID burst onto the metal scene like a supernova. With twelve tracks of over 73 minutes of mind-bending music, ALKALOID seamlessly ebb and flow through an arrange of styles and genres, creating an intelligent and fascinating blend of prog, death metal, and fusion. After just one listen of this masterful debut, it is safe to declare ALKALOID as the world's premiere progressive metal supergroup.
ALKALOID is a new band created by five good friends, who happen to be well-known musicians of the metal genre. Their intention is to go beyond any limit that metal music sub-genres might have these days and create the world's most extreme Prog Metal band. You can stream the album here: https://alkaloid-band.bandcamp.com/releases
They define themselves through the field of tension created between musical opposites. All band members are active death metal musicians who nevertheless all have a much broader view of music than blast beats and growls. They establish from the beginning that they have many faces, and that oscillating between (seemingly) contrary or mutually exclusive styles is an important factor.