The drum set Rush’s Neil Peart played between 1974 and 1977 – both on stage and on albums such as Fly at night and 2112 – soon hits the auction block.
The chrome Slingerland drum kit, which Peart bought just weeks before his first Rush concert in August 1974, is being auctioned by Bonhams, who placed an estimate of $ 80,000 to $ 120,000 before auction on the drum kit.
The drum kit has blue drum heads, each with Rush’s logo at the time plus “neil” on one head and “pearl” on the other. The set also comes with a “14-inch Tom Tom with chrome foil and with original head signed by Peart”
According to Bonhams, Peart bought the drum kit from his local music store Long & McQuade and played it shortly after on stage during his first concert with Rush on August 14, 1974. The drum kit was also brought into the studio and hired during the recording of Pearts’ first three studio albums with Rush, Fly at night, Caresses of steeland 2112.
Peart, who died in January after a battle with brain cancer, also played the drum kit while recording the band’s first live album Whole world and scene, Which one “marked the end of Rush’s first chapter, and Pearts’ Slingerland drum kit retired shortly after, ”says Bonhams.
For over a decade, the drum kit remained until March 1987, when Peart donated it to Modern drummer magazine for their “Neil Peart Drumset Giveaway.” New York drummer Mark Feldman won the set and also received a signed letter from Peart; while Feldman later sold the drum kit to the current seller, the signed letter remains part of the product’s origin.
The drum kit hits the auction block between November 23 and December 9 as part of Bonhams’ Music Memorabilia auction.