Rush’s Neil Peart dies at 67 – music industry reflects on the life of a legendary drummer

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Neil Peart

Following the sad announcement that Rush drummer Neil Peart has passed away, Getintothis’ Banjo has the news.

Neil Peart, drummer for classic rock band Rush, has died at his home in Santa Monica. He was 67.

The legendary drummer was diagnosed with brain cancer three years ago.

Peart was widely regarded as one of the best drummers in modern music and was also Rush‘s main lyricist. He also wrote seven non-fiction books

Police drummer Stewart Copeland called Peartthe most air-drummed-to drummer of all time”. He was voted Best Drummer by readers of Modern Drummer magazine so often in the 80s that he was removed from voting and given his own special honour roll instead.

Rush released 19 albums and sold more than 40 million records. They are behind only the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in terms of consecutive gold or platimum albums by a rock band.

He is survived by his wife, Carrie, and his 10-year-old daughter, Olivia.

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Peart had his share of tragedy in his life; his daughter died in a car accident in 1997 and his wife died five moths later, also from cancer.

As part of his grieving process, Peart took time out from music and travelled across America on his motorbike, documenting his journey in his book Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road.

Peart retired from professional drumming in 2015 and in 2018 Rush announced that were also quitting, saying “We have no plans to tour or record any more. We’re basically done. After 41 years, we felt it was enough

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