When Rush rolled into New Orleans on May 22, they had an extra VIP in attendance.

In a recently published post at his official site, drummer Neil Peart revealed that his 5-year-old daughter Olivia was in the crowd that night, watching her first Rush concert in a luxury box "high up over everything."

As you might have already guessed, little Olivia's reaction to the surreal spectacle of her dad playing drums with "Uncle Alex and Uncle Geddy" in front of an arena full of screaming people is pretty adorable, starting with her surmising that "there must be 2,018 people" in the building. Informed by manager Ray Danniels that the crowd was actually 11,000 strong, she retorted, "That's too silly."

She has a point, though as you can see from the fan-shot footage above, it's easy to understand why people are still turning out in droves to see Rush after all these years — just as it's easy to understand why Peart needed a little coaxing to get back on tour this year.

As previously reported, Peart admitted to being "of two minds" about another lengthy run of concert dates, pointing out that having a young child at home makes it difficult for him to be gone for weeks at a time.

"I’ve been doing this for 40 years — I know how to compartmentalize, and I can stand missing her, but I can’t stand her missing me and it’s painful and impossible to understand for her," said Peart. "How can a small child process that? And there’s the guilt that comes with that — you feel guilty about it, of course. I’m causing pain."

The band has obviously found a way to work around the problem by scheduling family visits — and as guitarist Alex Lifeson recently noted, future tours will likely involve a lot less traveling for the group.

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