RIP Neal Peart

Jan 10, 2020,18:53 PM

Rush is no more, but will forever live on in our hearts (and stereos). One of my all-time favorite bands.

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 By: Esharp : January 10th, 2020-19:20
An absolute legend. The world is a poorer place without him. Best E.

So very true [nt]

 By: vitalsigns : January 10th, 2020-20:44

I am absolutely gutted.

 By: RabidManatee : January 10th, 2020-19:46
I count myself fortunate to have seen them more than a few times over more than the last several years. Absolutely freaking gutted. RIP Professor, and best wishes to your friends and family.

Same here. Saw them many times...

 By: vitalsigns : January 10th, 2020-22:34
And always went when they came to town over the last 15 yrs or so. Such incredible experiences that I will miss deeply.

I figured you to be a fan from your forum name. I'm still in disbelief. It was bad enough when they announced that they were done touring.

 By: RabidManatee : January 11th, 2020-10:13
One interesting and IMHO admirable thing is that Geddy, Alex and everyone else who knew that he was ailing kept it to themselves. Very unusual in this day and age of celebrity and internet voyeurism. My hat goes off to those who knew but respected Neil's ... 

Indeed. And there was never a question of touring without Neil.

 By: vitalsigns : January 11th, 2020-12:03
No Neil (or Alex or Geddy), no Rush. I'm glad for that even though I'm sorry never to see them in concert again.

RIP Neil Peart...

 By: RG1 : January 10th, 2020-22:00
One of the legendary drummers...

Very sad news :-( R.I.P Neil Peart

 By: Tony.A. : January 10th, 2020-23:45
Now you finaly meet your wife and daughter again.

After three and a half years battling brain cancer...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : January 11th, 2020-03:38
How very cruel. My thoughts are for his family and fellow band members.

Very tough. Glioblastoma has a very low survival rate, in the low single digits past a few years.

 By: vitalsigns : January 11th, 2020-09:34
I believe he had a younger child, and much tragedy was visited on him throughout his life. Teen daughter died in a car accident; wife died young.

i heard it on the radio

 By: Weems@8 : January 11th, 2020-03:46
Neal, was a great drummer. I do not know Rush, while i knew almost anything about artist, bands. I understand he was a kind of Jimmy Hendriks, but than on drums.

Undoubtedly in the pantheon of great drummers, and some believe the greatest of them all.

 By: vitalsigns : January 11th, 2020-06:51
There are a few documentaries about Rush which are really good. As a band and musicians, they refused to compromise, and they put it all on the line with their breakthrough album 2112. Really interesting backstory.

time to listen

 By: Weems@8 : January 11th, 2020-07:09
I decided to listen to Rush. I think i go to recognize some songs of Rush. ...  

They definitely got some radio play on some of their songs, I'm sure you've heard

 By: vitalsigns : January 11th, 2020-07:28
Tom Sawyer (most popular) Limelight Free Will Spirit of Radio Subdivisions 2112 And very many other less well-known but exceptionally good songs. They were very prolific. A thinking man's band, but also with compelling musicianship.

Best vitalsigns

 By: Weems@8 : January 11th, 2020-08:38
What you say, i thought about. I do not heard Rush on the radio, and many music i discover by listening radio. Imagine Dragons Paramore. Many music i discover by family members. This artist i discover by coincidence by an uncle, the record of Kraftwerk - ... 

We might be of different generations or geographies.

 By: vitalsigns : January 11th, 2020-09:30
In North America, Rush had decent radio play in the 80s and early 90s. Nothing now, except occasionally on Classic Rock stations. By the way, my moniker -- Vital Signs -- is a much-loved (by me) Rush song. Masterful lyrics by Neal Peart. I did enjoy stayi... 


 By: Driver8 : January 11th, 2020-09:52
I love this site but am a classic lurker, as my posting count shows. For this, however, I have to come out of hiding. I agree 100%. The 2112 story is legendary (at least among Rush fans...) and epitomizes their integrity and spirit. In a nutshell, while t... 

Thank you! [nt]

 By: Driver8 : January 11th, 2020-10:59

Mine too

 By: Driver8 : January 11th, 2020-11:01
(maybe tied with Wolves Lower). And here’s to blah! Arguably the greatest acceptance “speech” ever.

Yep, another great tune. But seeing as how I can play Driver 8 on guitar (trust me, I'm no Lerxst), that one still gets my vote.

 By: RabidManatee : January 11th, 2020-11:08
And yeah, greatest acceptance speech ever -- not even "arguably" to me (although Rick Wakeman referring to gophers going about up in his hind quarters during a prostate exam is admittedly a close second). Cheers!

Forgot about RW’s. Incredibly funny too.

 By: Driver8 : January 11th, 2020-11:20
I agree Alex’s topped it, though. Totally gutsy, clever and irreverent.

Agreed. [nt]

 By: RabidManatee : January 11th, 2020-11:21

Well said!

 By: farkbinder01212 : January 11th, 2020-10:37
Rush, love or hate them, can't deny their unique and varied approach. Hard work payed off handsomely for them.

Great summation of the 2112 epic.

 By: vitalsigns : January 11th, 2020-12:06
Some music from my youth has not lived on, but Rush still does (and they still made excellent albums in the last decade, Snakes and Arrows being my favorite of the recent ones).

My Number One

 By: farkbinder01212 : January 11th, 2020-10:29
A strong argument can be made Neil was the most uniquely gifted drummer in Rock Music History. His combined Divinely given talent as a player with a cerebral approach to his instrument along with world class ability as a lyricist. Very rare indeed.

Rolling Stone magazine

 By: Weems@8 : January 11th, 2020-11:04
He was the forth best drummer of all time. Favorite drummers is for me different, than the best or a mix between. Ginger Baker from Cream, had that great beat. In i feel free, he drum dry, and that sound fits perfectly with Eric his first riff and Jack Br... 


 By: Weems@8 : January 11th, 2020-12:39
The tale goes that Ringo was not the best drummer. My own words are, Ringo was a face. Nicolas, do you want a Beatles topic? ;0

:))) [nt]

 By: amanico : January 11th, 2020-13:47

How could I have missed this news . . .

 By: Dr No : January 11th, 2020-19:07
. . . for a whole day? The damnedest thing is Peart came up in casual conversation with one of my buddies not all that long ago. There's a new book out about Charlie Watts, Sympathy for the Drummer . Everyone on this site knows I worship the Stones; in Ch... 

This is the saddest news...

 By: JBP99P : January 12th, 2020-03:28
to break it a long time. Grew up with this band from my teens and travelled to the states especially to see them during their R40 tour. So many memories associated with each album, I couldn’t sleep the night before waiting on each new release. Peart was m...  

To qualify the above...

 By: JBP99P : January 12th, 2020-04:36
and put things straight, when I say the States, it was actually Canada, my wife pointing out my reference is often viewed an insult to Canadians! It was a memorable trip all said and done.