Published: Sat, January 11, 2020

Rush Drummer Neil Peart Dies at 67

Rush Drummer Neil Peart Dies at 67

The drummer and lyricist for the legendary rock band Rush died in California on January 7, after a three-and-a-half-year battle with brain cancer.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reports that Peart passed away in Santa Monica, California on Tuesday, with his death announced in a statement by family spokesperson Elliot Mintz.

Among the most admired drummers in rock music, Peart was famous for his massive drum kits - more than 40 different drums were not out of the norm - precise playing style and onstage showmanship.


Born on September 12, 1952 and growing up in Port Dalhousie, Ontario, Peart joined Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson in Rush in 1974. Peart was also a gifted writer and would go on to author many different books. "I set out to never betray the values that 16-year-old had, to never sell out, to never bow to the man".

Widely considered one of the greatest drummers to ever hit the stage, Peart was a part of Rush since 1974, and was the band's primary lyricist. "A compromise is what I can never accept".

In 2009, he and Nuttall celebrated the birth of their daughter, Olivia.

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