“One of the Best Rock Drummers of all Time,” Neil Peart Dead at 67
Neil Peart, the influential drummer and primary lyricist for Rush, died Jan. 7 of brain cancer, his bandmates announced Jan. 10.
“It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the terrible news that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother and bandmate of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave, three-and-a-half-year battle with brain cancer (Glioblastoma),” Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson wrote while asking for privacy.
“Those wishing to express their condolences can choose a cancer research group or charity of their choice and make a donation in Neil Peart’s name. Rest in peace brother.”
Peart was 67.
Peart’s illness had previously been undisclosed, causing Living Colour’s Vernon Reid to tweet: “(Stunned silence).”
“We are heartbroken to hear about the passing of Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Neil Peart,” read a statement on the Juno Awards Twitter feed. “One of the best rock drummers of all time, Neil’s legacy will live on … forever.”
Peart joined bassist Lee and guitarist Lifeson in 1974, solidifying the classic Rush lineup for ’75’s Fly By Night.
“The master will be missed,” Jack Black tweeted.
Writing on Twitter, Ron Sexton called Peart’s death a “huge loss,” while Gene Simmons remembered the drummer as “a kind soul.”
“This man was the hero of my formative years as a drummer,” Huffamoose’s Erik Johnson tweeted of Peart. “This one really hurts.”
Rush released 18 studio albums with Peart, culminating with 2011’s Clockwork Angels. The band retiring from touring in 2015 and announced its breakup in 2018.
“May Neil Peart rest in eternal love and peace,” Todd Rundgren’s Spirit of Harmony Foundation wrote on Facebook.
Rest in peace Neil. Truly a brilliant mind.