‘NOBODY SOUNDED LIKE HIM’: NEIL PEART, DRUMMER FOR TORONTO ROCK LEGENDS RUSH, DEAD AT 67

The influential musician and lyricist died Tuesday in Santa Monica, Calif., after having been diagnosed with brain cancer, according to a statement issued Friday by family spokesperson Elliot Mintz.

Rush drummer Neil Peart has died. He was 67. ROBERT E KLEIN / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO

‘NOBODY SOUNDED LIKE HIM’: NEIL PEART, DRUMMER FOR TORONTO ROCK LEGENDS RUSH, DEAD AT 67
Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist for groundbreaking Canadian prog-rock band Rush, died Tuesday at age 67, according to a statement issued by a family spokesperson.

The statement said Peart died in Santa Monica, Calif., from brain cancer, “from which he suffered” for three and a half years.

Born in Hamilton, Peart joined Rush in 1974, after the band’s first album, replacing original drummer John Rutsey.

Over a career that spanned four decades, Rush thrilled millions of rock fans and enjoyed success in both the U.S. and Canada. Several of their albums — “2112,’’ “Moving Pictures,’’ “All the World’s a Stage’’ and “Exit … Stage Left’’ — have sold more than one million copies each in the U.S. alone. READ MORE


NEIL PEART, DRUMMER AND PRIMARY LYRICIST FOR RUSH, DEAD AT 67
Neil Peart, the virtuoso drummer of iconic Canadian band Rush who was revered by fans and fellow musicians as one of the greatest drummers of all time, has died at age 67.

The influential musician and lyricist died Tuesday in Santa Monica, Calif., after having been diagnosed with brain cancer, according to a statement issued Friday by family spokesperson Elliot Mintz.

His death was confirmed by Meg Symsyk, a media spokesperson for the progressive rock trio comprising Peart, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.

“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,” his bandmates said in a statement. READ MORE


‘THEY WERE OURS’: RUSH DOCUMENTARY MAKER, FANS PAY TRIBUTE TO NEIL PEART
The drummer and lyricist for Canadian rock band Rush died this week from brain cancer

When filmmaker Sam Dunn was a teenager and aspiring bass player growing up in Victoria, B.C., he gravitated toward the music of Canadian prog rock band Rush.

“I spent hours in my bedroom, you know slaving away, trying to learn all those parts,” Dunn told Gloria Macarenko, host of CBC’s On The Coast.

Years later, when Dunn went on to co-direct the definitive documentary on the band — Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage — he felt lucky to spend time with the notoriously private Neil Peart, who died Tuesday after a prolonged battle with brain cancer. READ MORE


NEIL PEART DEAD: RUSH DRUMMER DIES AT AGE 67
Neil Peart, the legendary drummer for Canadian rock band Rush, has died at age 67.

A spokesperson for the Peart family, Elliott Mintz, confirmed that Peart died of brain cancer in Santa Monica, Calif., on Jan. 7.

Rush paid tribute to their “friend, soul brother and bandmate of over 45 years” in a statement.

According to the band, Peart had been battling glioblastoma for three and a half years before his death — the same type of brain cancer that claimed the life of Gord Downie. READ MORE


RUSH DRUMMER NEIL PEART DEAD AT 67
TORONTO — Neil Peart, the virtuoso percussionist and chief lyricist of Canadian progressive rock band Rush, was often called one of the greatest of drummers of all time, but despite the group’s legions of superfans the musician led an intensely private life in an endless quest for deeper knowledge.

Peart, 67, died Tuesday in Santa Monica, Calif., after battling glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, according to a statement provided by Elliot Mintz, a family spokesman.

“It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the terrible news,” his bandmates Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson said in a joint statement on Friday.

“(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.”

While Peart is considered an inseparable piece of Rush’s legendary rock status, he was often a reluctant participant in most public events, unless they were behind his elaborate — and often gargantuan — drum kits. READ MORE

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