Superstar drummer, Rush member Neil Peart dead at 67

Written by on January 29, 2020

Superstar drummer and key Rush band member Neil Peart is dead at the age of 67.

The remarkable songwriting and drumming talent died of brain cancer he’d been quietly battling for several years and news of his death was released Friday, though he actually passed Tuesday.

Peart had plenty of admirers among his fellow rockers, who knew a special talent when they saw, or in his case, heard one.

“Even though I knew this day would come sooner or later and was inevitability, it’s still shocking,” Dream Theater’s Mike Portnoy told Billboard. “I’m still shaking. I’m still speechless. You never imagined a world without Neil, Geddy (Lee) and Alex (Lifeson) walking along it.”

Over 40 years, Rush was a top progressive rock group across the world that sold millions of albums before eventually getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

The band retired a few years later, however, as Peart battled constant arthritis issues.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted “We’ve lost a legend. But his influence and legacy will live on forever in the hearts of music lovers in Canada and around the world. RIP Neil Peart.”

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