“The reason why I picked Exit… Stage Left is because it’s impossible to pick just one Rush studio album. Rush are my favorite band, and Neil Peart is my favorite drummer. I can’t possibly sum up the band in one record, but I can say that Exit… Stage Left epitomizes a period in time when Neil was most influential in my life.
“When I was a freshman and sophomore in high school, I would come home every day and play along to this record – at least to the best of my ability. I set up drums up so they were just like Neil’s, having everything as exact as I could – the same everything. It was that important to me.
“I could go on about how awesome the record is. The drum solo is still one of my favorites ever – ever. It’s definitely my favorite Neil Peart solo. The actual drum sound on the record is amazing, too, which is saying something because sometimes the sound on live records can be lacking.
“OK, if I had to pick a favorite studio album of Rush’s, it would be Moving Pictures. That’s a brilliant album all the way around. The Permanent Waves/Moving Pictures period is my favorite Rush time.”