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Rush Drummer, Lyricist Neil Peart Dies in Santa Monica

Neil Peart Neil Peart Dies: Longtime Rush Drummer And Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Was 67
Sandy Nunez | 14 January, 2020, 07:16

Peart placed No. 4 on Rolling Stone's greatest drummers of all time only behind Led Zeppelin's John Bonham, The Who's Keith Moon and Cream's Ginger Baker.

"Suddenly, you were gone, from all the lives you left your mark upon", were the first lyrics I heard after hearing of Neil Peart's passing January 7 at the age of 67 on social media.

"It was just myself & Neil Peart alone talking and laughing low in relief". For the next forty years, Neil - alongside bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson - Rush would become one of the premier prog-rock bands.

In a statement released Friday his bandmates called Peart their "friend, soul brother and bandmate over 45 years", and "incredibly brave" during his fight against cancer. Rush embarked on the "R40 Tour" in 2015, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Neil's membership in the band. He was 67 years old.

Surviving members of Rush, singer Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson, have additionally shared their heartache on the lack of their outdated pal, urging followers to "select a most cancers analysis group or charity of their alternative and make a donation in Neil's identify". For your security, we've sent a confirmation email to the address you entered. Creating 19 studio albums, 11 live albums and selling over 25 million of them to an adoring and loyal fan base. The band first became eligible for induction in 1998, and it was almost 20 years before they got their moment in the sun.

Rush's first album with Peart - now the band's principal songwriter - was 1975's platinum-seller "Fly by Night".

A truly lasting memory associated with Rush is from the winter following the release of the band's breakthrough 1981 album Moving Pictures. The band sold 25 million albums in the United States.

Aside from Peart's instrumental proficiency, he was also the band's prime lyricist, with words inspired by history, philosophy, literature, and nature that general listeners often felt went over their heads.

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Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, of course, served as the drummer in Nirvana, so Peart's drum skills were an influence on his development.

While Pearson was naturally in awe of Peart's talent on the drums, Peart's writing - he was the band's primary lyricist - was equally inspiring.

Famous fans poured in with tributes following news of Peart's death.

Fellow Canadians Nickelback tweeted: "Beyond saddened to hear the news about Neil Peart".

We at CinemaBlend offer our condolences to the family and friends of Neil Peart in this hard time. The song they come from, "Afterimage", was cosmically the first song that came up in a random shuffle of Rush music that I listened to within moments of hearing the sad news. "Love & mercy to Neil's family", Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson wrote on Twitter.

'At the end of a insane @rockhall night in 2013 where @rushtheband & @PublicEnemyFTP were inducted. Many musicians came out to share their remembrances of Peart, who had an enormous influence on rock "n" roll. Rest in Beats my man, ' he wrote.

He paired his post with a touching vintage photo of the drum king.

Many other musicians whose lives had been touched by the star also mourned his death, including The Pretty Reckless front woman and former Gossip Girl actress Taylor Momsen. Yet what no one knew at the time is that it would be the band's last hurrah.