Yesterday the music world was shattered to learn of the passing of Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist of the Canadian progressing rock band Rush. He was just 67 years old.
The band had just recently retired from touring after completing their 40th anniversary tour in 2015. It was a great show. And Rush never disappointed their audience. I should know, I have been to many of their shows over the years as the band has been in my top 3 favorite bands for decades.
Neil was a very private person. What few interviews he did he expressed that he left the meet and greets to his bandmates Alex and Geddy. It just wasn’t in his nature to share things with strangers. And thus we learn of his passing a few days after the fact.
His life had some tragedies, the lost of his only child and his first wife was shattering to him. It took a massive journey across three continents for Neil to heal from this loss.
As a drummer, Neil is the paragon. The top apex. Many have called him a drumming god. And if you ever had seen Rush perform and the drum solo of Neil behind his kit in that element you would agree.
He also wrote the lyrics to most of Rush’s greatest hits and most of their other songs as well. Not only could he write such profoundly deep songs. He also has authored several books and short stories. One of them is called “Ghost Rider” which chronicles his healing journey after the death of his daughter and first wife. All worth reading.
Neil passed away after a three year private battle against brain cancer. Heartbreaking to learn that his mind was attacked by that dreaded disease.
It is the wish of his bandmates, Alex and Geddy, that those wishing to express their condolences can choose a cancer research group or charity of their choice and make a donation in Neil’s name.
Rest in Peace Neil Peart. You are loved and missed.