Today on Friday, January 10th, 2020 the world of music lost another legend. It is sad news to find out that one of the true heroes in music is gone. Neil Peart passes away at the age of 67. The former drummer for the band Rush passed today after a battle with brain cancer. Peart may be gone but his legacy will live on forever.
What can you say about the man that has not already been said? What a career on the drums he had. Peart was born on September 12, 1952. He would go on to be one of the greatest drummers of all time. His influence and impact resonate with some of today’s best drummers in music history. He was their teacher and they became his students.
Peart was the drummer for the legendary rock band Rush. He made up the band with Geddy Lee who provided lead vocals, bass, and keyboards. While Alex Lifeson provided vocals and guitar. The Trio was a musical powerhouse. Rush was based out of Toronto, Ontario Canada. They would become a worldwide phenomenon. Peart was essential to the group’s style of playing as well as their arranging of lyrics. Peart provided lyrics for a lot of Rush’s big hits. If it had not been for Rush finding Peart in 1974, the group would not have become one of the greatest rock bands of all time. We knew them to be, throughout their history. His precise playing and timing on the drums was magical and seemed superhuman at times. Peart was destined to be a drummer, that was evident.
In 2013, Peart went into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Rush. Long overdue If you ask me. Peart was a master lyricist for songs such as ‘Tom Sawyer,’ ‘Spirit of Radio,’ and ‘Closer to the Heart.’ So not only was he an amazing musician on the drummers but he was so intelligent when it came to music as a whole. Peart was also a pioneer for electric drums were big. His drum solos were fan-favorites. They were awesome, some of the best ever.
Peart experienced hardships and pain as he lost his daughter Selena in 1997 in a car accident, she was only 19. Then just five months later he lost his wife of 23 Years, Jacqueline Taylor. She passed away from cancer in June of 1988. Peart then retired from music, for a time to mourn his losses. He went on a motorcycle trip across North and Central America. This experience led to a memoir, Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road. Peart remarried in 2000. In 2001 he returned to join Rush. He announced his retirement in December 2015.
In 1983 he was inducted into Modern Drummer Hall of Fame. The youngest person to ever be inducted. He won the Best Rock Drummer in 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 2006, and 2008 from Best Magazine reader’s poll done by Modern Drummer.
Neil Peart was a legend in the music industry and on the drums. His legacy will never be forgotten.
Rest In Peace Neil Peart.