RIP Neil Peart

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  1. jixxjr

    jixxjr Well-Known Member

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    https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/cel...tuosity-dead-at-67/ar-BBYQ46G?ocid=spartandhp

    Another Icon of my youth is gone. RIP Neil.

    Neil Peart, Rush Drummer Who Set a New Standard for Rock Virtuosity, Dead at 67


    Brian Hiatt
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    Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist for Rush, died Tuesday, January 7th, in Santa Monica, California at age 67. The cause was brain cancer, which he had been quietly battling for three years, according to Elliott Mintz, a spokesperson for the Peart family. A representative for the band confirmed the news to Rolling Stone.

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    Peart was widely considered one of the best drummers in rock history, with a flamboyant yet utterly precise style. He joined singer-bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson in Rush in 1974, and his virtuosic playing and literate lyrics – which drew on Ayn Rand and science fiction, among other influences – helped make the trio one of the key bands of the classic-rock era. A rigorous autodidact and a gifted writer, he was also the author of numerous books. He was fiercely principled, and never stopped believing in the possibilities of rock and despising what he saw as over-commercialization of the music industry. “It’s about being your own hero,” he told Rolling Stone in 2015. “I set out to never betray the values that 16-year-old had, to never sell out, to never bow to the man. A compromise is what I can never accept.”

    “Neil is the most air-drummed-to drummer of all time,” former Police drummer Stewart Copeland said in 2015. “Neil pushes that band, which has a lot of musicality, a lot of ideas crammed into every eight bars — but he keeps the throb, which is the important thing. And he can do that while doing all kinds of cool shit.”

    Rush finished their final tour in 2015; Peart was done with the road and eager to spend more time with his wife, Carrie Nuttal, and daughter Olivia.
     
  2. Section 336

    Section 336 Well-Known Member

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    Seen Rush a dozen times live.

    2112 was one of my first albums I ever bought as a kid.

    RIP to one of the all time greats.
     
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    A legend as a drummer & lyricist. RIP NP.
     
  4. J-Raw24

    J-Raw24 Well-Known Member

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    Sad really. He was probably the best drummer I have seen live, followed by his protege.
     
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    KurtTheJetsFan Well-Known Member

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    Great drummer.Aside from acouple albums Rush not my fav but undeniable chops & creativity.
     
  6. MoWilkBeast

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    RIP The Professor. He was truly an oak amongst maples.
     
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    One of my favorite bands live....it's depressing there's not many great live bands left to see.
     
  8. Dierking

    Dierking Well-Known Member

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    Read a great book he wrote about biking around Africa
     
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    LogeSection2RowJ Well-Known Member

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    Lucky to have seen Rush three times. All were great shows. I didn't know about his book detailing motorcycle riding in Africa, but I did read his first book, Ghost Rider. Neil certainly was a unique man. It was astonishing to learn that he was the lyricist for all those great songs. That's unusual for a drummer, let alone a drummer of his caliber and stature. As a motorcycle rider and drummer, I feel doubly sad. The world of music has lost an iconic figure too soon, and since they kept his battle private this has been quite a shock.

    If you've read his book(s) you'll know that raising a glass of The Macallan in his memory, is a worthy tribute.
     
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    It was a bicycle tour
     

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