40 Neil Peart Trivia Questions and Answers

Welcome, music enthusiasts and trivia buffs! Today, we delve into the extraordinary world of one of the greatest drummers in rock history – Neil Peart. Known for his unparalleled talent, his role in the iconic band Rush, and his passion for motorcycles, Neil Peart has left an indelible mark on the music industry and beyond.

In this post, we’ll celebrate Neil Peart’s remarkable career by presenting you with 40 trivia questions and answers that will test your knowledge and deepen your appreciation for his incredible contributions. So sit back, grab a drumstick and let’s dive into the fascinating world of Neil Peart!

1. Neil Peart formally joined Rush on lead singer/bass player Geddy Lee’s birthday, true or false?

2. Who is Neil’s earliest influence as a drummer?

3. Neil Peart appeared on Politically Incorrect in 1994, an American late-night, half-hour political talk show hosted by?

4. What year was Neil Peart inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame?

5. Neil played a variety of drum set brands over the years. What was the last brand he worked with?

6. What Vertical Horizon album did Neil contribute to in 2009?

7. Neil Peart won Modern Drummer’s Best Rock Drummer award 7 years in a row, true or false?

8. What is the name of Peart’s instructional DVD breaking down “Der Trommler” from Rush’s R30 30th Anniversary Tour?

9. Neil features a waltz section in many of his drum solos. From whom was this section inspired?

10. What was the name of Neil’s first band?

11. According to Neil, what is Rush’s best song they wrote?

12. True or false: Neil Peart was a completely self-taught drummer.

13. Where did Peart try to “make it” after dropping out high school at 17?

14. For the song Tom Sawyer, Neil collaborated with which unofficial fifth non-performing member of Max Webster?

15. How many miles was Neil’s motorcycle journey after losing both his wife Jackie and his 19-year-old daughter Selena?

16. The lyrics throughout Rush’s Roll The Bones are themed around what?

17. During the Grace Under Pressure tour, Neil started using a “satellite” drum kit setup with electronic drums from what company?

18. What tour did Neil begin using a MIDI-marimba (malletKAT keyboard percussion unit)?

19. This progressive metal drummer lists Neil Peart as one of his biggest influences.

20. The world lost Peart after a three-year battle with which disease?

21. Neil Peart stars as himself playing the “Drum Solo of Life” in which American adult animated surreal black comedy film?

22. In his final years, where did Peart reside with his wife Carrie Nuttall?

23. What was Neil’s first exposure to musical training?

24. Lyrics on the songs “Anthem” and “2112” were largely inspired by which Objectivst author?

25. What were Neil Peart’s drums stored in when he rolled up to audition for Rush in 1974?

26. Peart played and produced two tribute albums to this legendary jazz drummer.

27. Neil Peart’s drum riser can do what?

28. For the Vapor Trails tour, Neil switched to this cymbal brand.

29. In 1987, when Neil was experimenting with electronic percussion, he wrote a piece for marimba and drum set titled?

30. Neil plays drums alongside the members of Rush on what Max Webster song?

31. On the song “Closer to the Heart,” Neil plays this melodic percussion instrument in addition to the glockenspiel.

32. During the instrumental interlude in “The Trees,” Neil is heard playing what percussion instrument alongside guitar and synthesizer?

33. Who was Neil Peart’s drum tech from 2000 and on?

34. In the early 2000s, Neil moved away from Simmons & d-drum to what Japanese musical instrument maker?

35. Which drumstick brand makes Neil Peart’s signature stick?

36. Originally meant to be an instrumental, the song “Peaceable Kingdom” is a response to what significant event from the early 2000s?

37. This now defunct magazine once ranked Peart as the second “worst lyricists in rock” behind Sting.

38. How does Peart describe himself politically?

39. Neil played two tracks on this 1985 album by Jeff Berlin.

40. Peart and the band appear briefly in this 2009 bromantic comedy film.

As we wrap up this trivia adventure, take a moment to reflect on the remarkable influence Neil Peart had on countless aspiring musicians and fans around the globe. His dedication to his craft, his boundless creativity, and his unwavering commitment to excellence serve as an inspiration to us all.

Whether you’re a die-hard Rush fan or simply someone who appreciates extraordinary talent, we hope these trivia questions have entertained and enlightened you. Feel free to share your newfound knowledge with friends and fellow Neil Peart enthusiasts, and keep the spirit of his music alive for generations to come. Be sure to share this one with all your drummer friends!

Nick Cesarz

Nick is a drummer, percussionist, and blogger from Milwaukee, WI. He toured extensively with Vinyl Theatre, opening up for acts like twenty one pilots, Panic! at the Disco, and more. Now no longer touring, his passion lies in gear and playing the kit as much as time allows.

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  1. Hello,
    There is a “legend” that in an interview Neil was asked, to the effect: “how does it feel to be the greatest drummer in the world?” Neil answered “ I wouldn’t know, you’d have to ask Karen Carpenter.”

    My questions, is this documented? If so, was he being coy, shy, or real. He had that much admiration for Karen’s skills?
    As a KC fan and learning about Neil, I’m of the belief he was answering in modesty and admiration.

    1. I’ve heard this before, as well. I did a little looking and can’t find any reputable source outside of YouTube comments and forums, so it’s possible this never happened. But I will say, that KC is also one of my favorites!

      You’re right, Neil was incredibly modest and humble.


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