You obviously didn't read what I wrote. And how do you know what Sabian, DW or anyone else did for Neil? Will he be making a royalty for the cymbals, drums and sticks which his name and likeness sells for the companies he endorses - most likely! And why shouldn't he? But don't marshal an argument based on something you "assume" is happening. And don't attack me for something, which I didn't write.
How do you know anything about Neil's personal life anyway?
You obviously don't know much about the gear he has played over the years as I don't recall Sonor or Pearl ever being brands that he used, since I was around during the early years of Rush, albeit a 13 year old! And I bet you didn't know that Steve Smith once used Paiste!
He came up playing a Slingerland set, and then went to Tama, then to Ludwig then to DW. There was an entire article in Modern Drummer which Neil himself wrote about why he chose the Ludwigs (1989 or 1990). I don't know why he left Zildjian but it may have been the passing of Armand and the subsequent "inheriting " of the Zildjian Company to Craggie. Neil may have just felt better about dealing with Armand's brother, Robert Zildjian (owner of Sabian and one-time the main artists relations officer for Zildjian and a heckuva nice guy to boot) than with his niece at Zildjian cymbals. Maybe it was the personal touch which is becoming more important than ever in this high-tech world!
Maybe Neil was excited about the fact that Sabian was willing to offer something a little different than the same old Ping Ride and New Beat hi hats that Neil has been using since birth!
Truth is, we will never really know why Neil left Zildjian or Tama or Ludwig. It could be a matter of support on the road and with Tama's poor attitude toward service; I can understand why Neil would leave! After all, at that time, Tama had a pretty impressive roster of artists selling drums for them: Stewart Copeland, Denny Carmassi (Heart), Frank Beard (ZZ Top) all who regularly outsold Rush in album sales. The Police, Heart and ZZ Top were regulars in the top 10 of hit songs during the 1980s. What was Rush doing at that time, sales-wise? Not even in the same ballpark as the three bands previously listed. WE all know who Rush is ; we're drummers and musicians! Outside of the musician/drummer circle, hw many "civilians" go to a Rush cincert?
This is also why Rush switched record labels in 1989. The new label was willing to help THEM sell more records. How often does a label do that?
So it takes a company with a vision or a passion or both. This is why Neil probably wound up at DW. Watch any video of John Good and the thing that comes across is his passion for the gear being better! That's what came across to me when I visited the DW plant in 2001. Neil switched from Ludwig, who made great drums but also lousy hardware, to DW who excels at both and was setting the gold standard at that time. He could have both great hardware and drums with great artist relations with a company run by a drummer (Don) and a drum enthusiast (John). He could have it all with one company!
Ever look at the drummers DW has on their roster and ask why? It is because these guys love music and are drummers; they are not accountants - but I digress!
One of the things which most drummers don't realize the tremendous beating a drum kit takes on the road. And I don't mean from the playing aspect; I mean from being put in the cases, loaded into a semi, being pulled out of the cases and set-up night after night! I have some idea as one of my kits is starting to look a little frazzled! This is stuff that you won't see, even from the second row. I do remember Rush being in OKC right after Neil switched to Ludwig but was still using Tama stands. In the middle of a song, the snare stand broke! Solution: drum tech, bring me another snare stand! This is why bands with big tours get so much gear; they need it in case something breaks in the middle of a show on a Sunday night in "who knows where a drum shop is in Oklahoma City and will it be open" land!
But to sit there and claim that it was all about the money? It sounds as though you are a little jealous, bitter and angry. And you have painted one of the most prolific drummers in history as some sort of mercenary!
Am I the number one Neil Peart fan - probably not. I stopped buying Rush albums at a Show of Hands because I got into two drummers that Neil said he likes in an interview in 1989, Phil Gould (Level 42) and Manu Katche ( Peter Gabriel, Sting). But I do admire a band which has stuck it out for 34 years together and stood by their principles of not just commercializing their sound for the sake of more record sales. Many rock bands from the 1970s tried commercializing in the 1980s world but failed.
Okay, sorry. I mixed up responses. My response to Johnny Cat should have been directed toward you. My mistake.
But Jesus Effin Christ lay off, dude. I never claimed to be the biggest Rush fan ever, but in no way am I jealous, bitter or angry. I also said in my post that I was merely speculating on this matter. I never claimed to know a damn thing about Neil's personal life, nor do I care to. And I could give 2 shits less to know that Steve Smith played Paiste. I understand that gear takes a beating on the road, I've been playing over 120 shows a year now for the past three, and before that I averaged around 80 most years, but I have been playing the same custom maple kit for over 10 years. With the same cymbals. And the same stands. Until last year most of the shows were 4 sets. None of my stuff is broken, quite the opposite in fact. So you won't convince me that he switched companies because shit wore out all the time. All I was trying to say is that there was likely a large sum of money involved, and you apparently agreed. But you or I will likely never know what it's like to have that kind of money waved at us for endorsing a product and the fact is that to me, Neil (and many other drummers as well) has switched companies enough times that while I'm sure the gear he uses is top notch, and quality is an issue, money also weighs in rather heavily. Go buy yourself some Paragons......I'm done.