September 12, 1952: Neil Ellwood Peart is born on a farm in Hagersville, Ontario, just outside of Hamilton. Despite his humble beginnings, Neil Peart would grow up to become who many call the greatest rock drummer of all time. I mean, it’s gotta be him, Bonzo, Moon the Loon, or Danny Carey from Tool, right? Anyway, Peart joined Rush in July of 1974 as their drummer, quickly became their primary lyricist, and the rest, as they say, is history. He would’ve turned 70 today.
September 12, 1975: Pink Floyd releases Wish You Were Here. I’m not going to sit here and say that Wish You Were Here is a better album than The Dark Side of the Moon, but I am going to sit here and tell you that I like Wish You Were Here better than Dark Side of the Moon. Of course, if you were lucky enough to be in the audience for this, one back in ’75, you got songs from both.
September 12, 1989: Aerosmith releases Pump, their tenth studio album. I remember getting Pump on cassette tape for Christmas in 1989. It was from my aunt and uncle, and they also gave me Disintegration by The Cure. I don’t think I touched Pump for months I was so obsessed with The Cure. I wrote about it for the 30th anniversary, in fact.
September 12, 1995: Red Hot Chili Peppers release One Hot Minute. This would be their first, last, and only album with Dave Navarro on guitar. And next to Blood Sugar Sex Magik, it’s my favorite RHCP album. I wrote about it for the 25th anniversary a couple of years ago. And my 14-year-old wrote about how they were bummed the band didn’t play any cuts from it at Fenway last weekend.