Rush - Drummer Neil Peart Dead At 67

Neil Peart, the drummer of iconic progressive rockers Rush, has died at age 67. The influential musician and lyricist died last Tuesday in Santa Monica, California, after having lost the battle with brain cancer, according to a statement issued by family spokesperson Elliot Mintz.

His death was confirmed by Meg Symsyk, a media spokesperson for the progressive rock trio, and Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson have issued a statement on the death of their "friend, soul brother and band mate of over 45 years."

Neil Peart was born on September 12th, 1952, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and first lived on the family dairy farm, near Hagersville. After the family moved to nearby St. Catharines, he began drum lessons at age thirteen. At eighteen, Peart moved to London, England, a time about which he has said: "I was seeking fame and fortune, and found anonymity and poverty. But I learned a lot about life."

Returning to Canada in 1972, he began working at his father's farm equipment dealership, playing part-time in local bands. In July, 1974, he auditioned for an unknown Toronto band, and joined Rush on the eve of their first American release and tour. Peart appeared on the band's second album, Fly By Night, in 1975, contributing most of the lyrics - as he would throughout their career.

Along with writing impressive lyrics, Peart was renowned for his technical expertise, his unique performance style, and his dazzling fusions of hard rock and jazz. He is considered by many to be one of the most gifted and electrifying rock drummers of all time and one of the most innovative drummers in rock history. Peart was famous for his state-of-the-art drum kits, his precise style of playing and his onstage showmanship. He retired from professional drumming, and Rush, in 2015. The trio was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994, the Canadian Songwriter Hall of Fame in 2010 and the U.S. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

Our condolences go out to his family. May he rest in peace.

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Posted: 11.01.2020 by nikarg


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11.01.2020 - 02:26
Fuckin' legend. RIP
11.01.2020 - 02:35
Rest in peace 🙏🌠
11.01.2020 - 02:40
Au Pays Natal
This one hurts...
11.01.2020 - 02:51
The Witchfinder
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I still airdrum Tom Sawyer ever since I heard it when I was 13. What a god of a drummer and a fantastic lyricist. RIP.
11.01.2020 - 03:43
Night Theater
11.01.2020 - 06:10
"Suddenly, you were gone. From all the lives you left your mark upon."
11.01.2020 - 07:27
Lord Slothrop
One of the most talented drummers of all time. Terrible news.
11.01.2020 - 08:03
Gordon Freeman
There are no words.
God Dammit Doug! Take off your hat, Night Moves is playing. Don't be a prick man!
11.01.2020 - 08:51
Theodore V
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Rock In Peace
11.01.2020 - 10:40
Another legend passes on...

Gonna pay tribute by dusting off the old Rock Band games and give Tom Sawyer and The Trees (Vault Edition) a go on expert drums.

Tonight we drink in your honour!

Rest in peace, Neil. You will be missed.
"When you are dead, you do not know you are dead. It's only painful for others. The same applies when you are stupid." - Ricky Gervais
11.01.2020 - 11:16
Thank you Neil for the magical experience...which will stay with us forever.
11.01.2020 - 11:28
JoHn DoE
I'm in shock, can't believe it.
I thought the two primary purposes for the internet were cat memes and overreactions.
11.01.2020 - 11:46
An absolute legend... you will be missed. R.I.P.
11.01.2020 - 19:23
The Professor RIP
11.01.2020 - 21:06
Exit the warrior.
Nie mój cyrk, nie moje małpy
12.01.2020 - 01:12
Dream Taster
The Enemy Within

His legacy will endure.
12.01.2020 - 08:47
Legends are rare. Being a legend among legends is impossible. Neil was the impossible. He was the relentless virtuoso that never wanted fame. He couldn't escape it though. He was an icon living and will be an icon forever. May his soul rest in peace and his music burn bright.
12.01.2020 - 09:45
Troy Killjoy
You can say words and quote lyrics but ultimately Peart's contribution to rock and its various sub-genres stands the test of time. This isn't the moment for us keyboard warriors to criticize his performance; it is, however, the time for us to appreciate the everlasting effect his efforts had on us as songwriters, and to those of us who played pretend to the likes of these legends a la Tragically Hip and Matthew Good.
I have no memory of this place.
13.01.2020 - 04:47
Not only was this man a legend way ahead of his time but he was such a great role model, thanks for everything Neil.
14.01.2020 - 21:07
Each and every idol falling. I'm getting old.

Hate this year already.
I listen to metal before you were even born...
14.01.2020 - 21:11
Modern day warrior mean mean stride
today's Tom Sawyer mean mean pride.
You were the best,we will never forget you
Rest in peace legend
15.01.2020 - 00:13
Tom Muller
Obe of the greatest ever. Rip you will be missed
15.01.2020 - 13:07
These news came out of nowhere. And hit hard.

Rest in Peace, Neil Peart.
16.01.2020 - 05:05
RIP Neil. I have heard a few Rush albums and they are absolutely amazing. Cannot simply imagine anyone doing that progressive music at that time.
17.01.2020 - 22:07
Probably most drummers here were in some way large or small, influenced by Neil Peart. His artful percussion, is still hardly replicated. R.I.P. Professor.

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