Rush’s Neil Peart drum kit performed between 1974 and 1977 – both on stage and on albums like Fly at night and 2112 – will soon hit the auction block.
The Slingerland chrome drum kit, which Peart purchased just weeks before his first Rush gig in August 1974, will be auctioned off by Bonhams, who placed a pre-auction estimate of $ 80,000 to $ 120,000 on the drum kit.
The drum kit features blue drum heads, each with the Rush logo plus “neil” on one head and “peart” on the other. The kit also comes with a “Tom Tom 14 inch with chrome casing and with original head signed Peart”
According to Bonhams, Peart bought the drum kit from his local music store Long & McQuade and soon after played it on stage at his first gig with Rush on August 14, 1974. The drum kit also has was introduced in the studio and used during the recording of Peart’s first three studio albums with Rush, Fly at night, Caress of steel, and 2112.
Peart, who died in January following a battle with brain cancer, also played the drum kit during the recording of the band’s first live album. Everyone is a stage, which « marked the end of the first chapter of Rush and Peart’s Slingerland drum kit was retired soon after, ”Bonhams says.
For more than a decade, the drum kit remained in stock 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 is still part of the provenance of the item.
The drum kit will be auctioned between 23 November and 9 December as part of the Bonhams Musical Memorabilia auction.