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One Of The Greats Has Passed: Neil Peart R.I.P.

10 January 2020 @ 17:25

Neil Peart wasn’t just a great Rock ‘N’ Roll drummer: he was one of the Greatest in all of Musick.

From CBC News, we learn [tip of the fedora to @dustopian]:

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 and expertly weaving together techniques from different musical genres, blending jazz and big band with hard rock.

He was truly a Virtuoso of Percussion.

Mr. Peart rightfully belongs up there in company with other Masters, such as Buddy Rich, Gene Kupra, and John Bonham.  He also wrote most of the lyrics for Rush.

One of the band’s biggest enthusiasts, Smitty, penned this Tribute on Twitter [paraphrasing a lyric by the drummer, written for the mini-opera, 2112]:

You’ve taken care of everything,
The beats we feel, the words we scream,
And now you’ve gone to your eternal rest.
Those inclined to think and feel,
In all good ways did love you Neil,
And know you truly were among the best

Perhaps Rush’s best work, 2112 made Rock And Roll, in my opinion, more Respectable.  Along with some of the other Prog Rockers, Deep Purple, and Pink Floyd, the band lifted Rock to new heights in Sophistication.

Requiescat in pace.

Here’s a small sample of Neil Peart’s amazing percussion work:

The restless dreams of youth…

Living in the Limelight, the universal dream…

Though his mind is not for rent…

I will choose Free Will…

2112 in full…

-The Necromancer…

There are many, many more, but these are my favorites.

Check out this thread by Dustopian.


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