Surfacing, you took my post. I was going to say the same EXACT thing.
this is one of the sickest drum solos. Peart is THE best drummer in the world. I know there are fans of Moon, Bonham, Buddy Rich, Barker, Van Halen, Portnoy, etc etc but they just don't have the same sense of rhythm as Peart. Kinda like Hendrix vs. Clapton, Townsend, etc etc. Hendrix just mixed blues with rock like no one else. Peart just has a way of drumming that really throws the unexpected at you unlike the rest of them who follow the constraints of the musical beat (although damn well). For example, when you'd expect a double beat, Peart somehow throws in a triple beat that makes you say "Wow! I would have never expected to hear that!"
Theres number 1 and there is everyone else that follows and Peart is the number 1. Sorry Keith Moon fans.