Published: Tue, January 14, 2020
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

World renowned Canadian musician Neil Peart dead at 67

World renowned Canadian musician Neil Peart dead at 67

Neil Peart, the 67-year-old drummer and lyricist for progressive rock band Rush, died on Tuesday, Jan. 7, in Santa Monica, according to Rolling Stone.

"So I managed to have enough guts to dial the phone number I was given and I called him and it was as if I had been talking to Neil Peart for half an hour about the Tama drums, it was pretty incredible".

His band confirmed the sad news with a statement on Twitter, writing: 'It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the awful news that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother and bandmate of more than 45 years, Neil He has lost his incredibly courageous three and a half year battle with brain cancer (glioblastoma).

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins He contributed a very simple addition to the statement, writing: "Neil Peart had the hands of God". "We've been saying for a long time - years - that this wasn't a big deal", Peart said during their acceptance speech, per The Globe And Mail. "A lot of times you just think of a lyrical idea as a good musical vehicle", he said.

Scott Ian, guitarist for heavy metal band Anthrax, described Peart as "the greatest of all time" while Metallica's Kirk Hammett said "RIP to a master".

The band was heavily influential and fans of Peart and Rush paid tribute on social media.

Probably the best drummer of all time. While Alex left the door open for smaller tours, Neil hung up his drumsticks for good.

Though their live shows offered little in the way of improvisation - there were no 20-minute masturbatory guitar jams - the band member's acute awareness of each other's contributions were far from cold perfection.

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"What an incredibly sad moment".

KISS' Gene Simmons stated, "My prayers and condolences to the Peart Family, Fans and Friends". Neil Peart played like no one else.

Several celebrities outside of the music industry also paid their respect.

"I can't believe we lost Neil Peart".

"Damn man", he continued in a follow-up tweet. Peart co-wrote a novel and graphic novel from the story. "RUSH SHALL BE ON BLAST now and forever". We stayed up all night drinking whiskey and talking on more subjects than I knew existed. You will be forever remembered and sorely missed by all of us. Every drummer just ran to their kit to bust out Tom Sawyer. His dedication and RE-dedication to his craft is a lesson in always improving. "R.I.P." actor Patrick Wilson wrote on Twitter.

Neil's survivors include his wife Carrie and daughter Olivia. His first wife, Jacqueline, also died from cancer in 1998.

While Peart told his bandmates to "consider me retired" on the day of his daughter's funeral, after a period of healing, including a 14-city motorcycle trip through North America-which he later chronicled in the book Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road-he eventually returned to the band. Yet his showy style inspired by The Who's Keith Moon would help Lee and Lifeson realize their outsized ambitions, and Rush's core trio never looked back.

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