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Musicians & Others Remember Rush Drummer Neil Peart


Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart died this week at the age of 67 following a battle with brain cancer. Many musicians responded to the influential drummer’s death by sharing tributes and condolences for Peart.

Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson posted a note in response to Peart’s death, writing in part, “It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the terrible news that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother and band mate of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three and a half year battle with brain cancer (Glioblastoma).”

Peart’s influence on fellow musicians — particularly drummers — spanned generations and genres. His technical mastery of the drum kit and stimulating lyrics inspired, and will continue to inspire, countless listeners around the globe. Below is a collection of tributes to Peart shared by many of those admirers of the one-of-a-kind musician:

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Neil Peart September 12, 1952 – January 7, 2020

A post shared by Rush (@rush) on Jan 10, 2020 at 1:44pm PST

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Rest in peace, my brother. 💔

A post shared by Geddy Lee (@geddyimages) on Jan 10, 2020 at 2:30pm PST

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“Another genius has left the planet. Not enough can be said about the talent and influence of #NeilPeart. As a musician he was unparalleled, blasting open huge doors into the realms of new percussive stratospheres. As a lyricist he was like the Ray Bradbury of rock, penning rhymes that evoke imagery both cerebral and tactile. As a friend he was a pensive, sharp-witted intellect whom I looked up to and admired greatly. I was very fortunate to have played with him, laughed with him and rode with him at excessive speeds in one of his many exotic vehicles. I’m still trying to fathom how greatly he will be missed.” – Les Claypool Photo taken May 4, 1992, post-show in Rotterdam, NL. The last date of the European leg of the Roll The Bones tour. I’d given Neal my fly fishing bandana after one of our backstage jams.

A post shared by Les Ler Tim (@primusville) on Jan 10, 2020 at 5:06pm PST

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Damn 📷 @rosshalfin

A post shared by Steve Gorman (@steve_gorman_) on Jan 10, 2020 at 2:47pm PST

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Neil of course influenced me in my younger drumming years… Like so many young drummers at the time I would buy Rush records and try to figure out what he was playing… I would look at all the magazine stories and ads and marvel over his incredible kits… BUT… I think I was even more influenced by him more recently…Not by his drumming itself, but by his work ethic, and his continuing drive to always be the best that he could be. I never had the honor of meeting Neil… But I did get the privilege of seeing this kit as they were preparing it at DW and Drum Channel. I was so impressed that he would always come in by himself and rehearse for a month or so before they would even start tour rehearsals… He was so attentive to detail in is drumming, his kit, his lyrics and his entire craft. He’s made an impact on me for years but most recently he’s made me want to continue to try to get better at what I do every step of the way, to keep learning and to always be at my best. Neil, you were an immeasurable influence on all of us for so long, and you will continue to be. All I can say is Thank You. You will be missed immensely…

A post shared by Stanton Moore Drum Academy (@stanton_moore) on Jan 11, 2020 at 8:13am PST

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Rest easy Brother Neil 🥁

A post shared by D.A. (@devonallmanofficial) on Jan 10, 2020 at 1:16pm PST

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RIP Neil Peart

A post shared by Patty Schemel (@pattyschemel) on Jan 10, 2020 at 6:32pm PST

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Rest In Peace, Neil…

A post shared by Metallica (@metallica) on Jan 10, 2020 at 4:24pm PST

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On the passing of Neil Peart, please let me add my voice to the chorus in praising this incredible musician and poet. His influence on the Smashing Pumpkins is indelible: giving us wings to soar with and a road map to ultimately find our own way. There isn’t a modern rock drummer alive who hasn’t heard him, and spoken his name with a reverence that’s reserved for the very few. And as a lyricist, Mr. Peart is without compare. I am forever in his debt, and humbled to say that though I never met him, I feel I knew him as a friend. Which brings to mind his great line, ‘I can’t pretend a stranger is a long-awaited friend…’ May God embrace you, Neil, as His own RIP -William

A post shared by WilliamPatrickCorgan (@williampcorgan) on Jan 10, 2020 at 2:17pm PST

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PEART* 😭⚡️🥁🌀

A post shared by Micah Nelson (@particlekid) on Jan 10, 2020 at 3:14pm PST

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He was funny, too.

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