Best drummer ever! Hope he did not suffer.
I have spent hours listening to him and read most of his books. A different type of egg, but he was the best at what he did.
This is probably why he retired a few years ago. I knew he had chronic tendinitis.
I have Grace Under Pressure in my car, think I'll spin that on the way home. Afterimage has a new meaning now.
This is terrible. The man was incredible. I spent my childhood trying to emulate him, Dave Weckl, Stewart Copeland, and Mike Portnoy. He was my favorite by a country mile, a consummate professional, always learning something new.
Tonight I will take a 17 minute moment of silence that changes time signatures three times before I go to bed....
Sad to hear. RIP. One of my favorite progressive rock bands!! Hope they make a RUSH pin someday!
I sense a disturbance in the force...
I know what it's like to lose a musical hero. My heart goes out to everyone who is suffering today.
Oh man, this just gave me a sinking feeling all over. Grew up listening and poorly hacking my way through Rush songs. This guy was definitely "The Bar" drummers set their mark to.
I used to listen to Rush back in the 1970s. Saw them back then a couple times too.
RIP Neil Peart.
I've lost a couple of car speakers to "Limelight", RIP to one of the greatest to ever pickup the sticks.
I was never a Rush fan. Never knew who he was until a number of years ago. A drummer buddy of mine would post his videos on Facebook.
I couldn't get enough of them! The man was incredibly good.
RIP Neil. I still have some of the old Rush Backstage Club newsletters Neil wrote. Been a member/fan since I bought All The Worlds A Stage while in a Canadian record store of all places.
Use to see them twice a year here in Evansville In at Roberts Stadium in the 70's
I think it was Fly by Night timeframe.We freaked out on the big sound these three guys could generate!
RIP Neil Pert
Only drummer I've seen switch styles and play fat end of the sticks. Deep guy. HOF lyricist. A Legend.
I'm not a big rush fan although I love Tom Sawyer. I know a lot of people want to see a Rush Pinball! From everything you read he's considered the greatest drummer ever. Terrible news!!! I know Rush has some of the most diehard fans in rock history terrible day for all those fans!
Wow. This one hurts. My pin collection doesn't get bigger because I'm unwilling to take down my drums (even if I haven't played since I adopted my skittish dog).
When I started playing in the mid-90s, covering AC/DC was the green circle, and Rush was the double black diamond. When in a prog rock band in the early 2000s in Boston, we quickly learned that covering Tom Sawyer would win over any crowd. Hack bands always cover that "Sleeping with my clothes onnnnnnn" song. Covering Rush means you're on a different level. Freggin always made my forearm burn because of the tempo of those 16th notes on the high hats but the props we'd get after the show was always worth it. I'm a better drummer because of the man.
I just read he lived with glioblastoma for 3.5 years, thats exactly how long my wife lived with it before she passed in 2018... so this hits home on several levels. We can though be thankful that what he gave to music is something we can continue to listen to.
Was shocked to hear this. My brother is a huge Rush fan. I like them, but not really into their music as I am with other prog style groups. His talent was truly amazing though. A great loss for sure. RIP Neil. Rock N Roll heaven just got another super star.
The best drum solo I ever saw was by Neil Peart during the Rush "Show of Hands" tour at the Birmingham NEC. Absolutely stunning!
Neil was such an eloquent speaker and I always felt calmed by his voice ... I loved hearing his interviews. He will be missed.
What a sad week for Canada
I love watching how he is so steady and focused, casually plying his trade at being the best. Fascinating to watch his technique.
The first Rush song that ever blew me away was "Time Stand Still". Everything about that song ... the drums, the bass, the vocals, was incredible to me. I recall listening to that song something like 20 times in a row. That song got me hooked.
It sucks that he's gone, but I have a feeling Rush's music is going to live on for many, many generations ... by extension, so will he.
Quoted from Yoko2una:
I'm a better drummer because of the man.
This. Been playing for 32 years and his influence can not be overstated. And kudos for playing Tom Sawyer the proper way, when I see a drummer "crossing over" during the verses to get those 16ths, it doesn't usually bode well.
Haven't tried to play Tom Sawyer in years but when the last band I was in wanted to work up Digital Man, I just could not believe the genius of that drum part and it took months to figure (most of!) it out.
Neil, may you RIP and thanks for everything…
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