A Terrible Start to the New Decade


Rest in Peace Neil Peart

I had to take a double take when I first saw this on Facebook. Rush drummer Neil Peart has died.

Neil Peart, the drummer of iconic Canadian band Rush, has died at age 67.

The influential musician and lyricist died Tuesday in Santa Monica, Calif., after having been diagnosed with brain cancer, according to a statement issued Friday by family spokesperson Elliot Mintz.

His death was confirmed by Meg Symsyk, a media spokesperson for the progressive rock trio comprising Peart, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.

Along with penning impressive lyrics, Peart was renowned for his proficiency on drums (he famously employed a complex drum kit that completely surrounded him) and expertly weaving together techniques from different musical genres, blending jazz and big band with hard rock.

After the Hamilton, Ont.-born, St. Catharines, Ont.-raised Peart joined bandmates Lee and Lifeson in 1974, his virtuoso drumming helped lift Rush to new musical heights. The band attracted a loyal, worldwide fanbase, sold millions of records and influenced a multitude of rock musicians with its complex, literary music.



It looks like this decade is going to pick up from where the last one left off. Rest in Peace Neil Peart.












22 Responses to “A Terrible Start to the New Decade”

  1. Sad. I just read about it on twitter. Such an influential drummer. Rest in peace NP!

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  2. Totally sucks! He was so incredible to watch and when I saw them live, I don’t think I looked away too much from him.

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  3. RIP Professor!

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  4. Still remember the first time I was introduced to Rush when “Dreamline” played on my car radio. I came of age with the “Roll the Bones” album. Neil’s lyrics forever changed my views on the nature of life. Neil was more than a legendary rock drummer and musician. He was a tremendous writer and philosopher as well. R.I.P. Neil Peart. The world will miss you.

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  5. I just read it now. Really sad. 67 is no age at all.

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