Last night I heard the tragic news that Neil Peart has sadly passed away. One of the greatest drumming legends of all time, and a true master of his craft. I remember watching Neil Peart perform and simply being mesmerised by the fluidity, creativity and timekeeping ability he is able to express behind the drum set.
Neil Peart was the drummer and lyricist of the legendary rock band Rush, and helped to usher in a new era of music. He performed with the band for over 45 years which is a remarkable achievement, and Neil Peart was undoubtably one of the most prolific drummers ever to walk this earth.
Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters described Peart as “a kind, thoughtful, brilliant man” in a statement which reads: “Today, the world lost a true giant in the history of rock and roll. An inspiration to millions with an unmistakable sound who spawned generations of musicians – like myself – to pick up two sticks and chase a dream.”
Peart had been silently battling brain cancer for over three-and-a-half years, a representative of the band confirmed with the Rolling Stone. Band mates Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson described Peart as “incredibly brave”.
The world will truly miss one of rock’s greatest ever drummers, and one of my all time favourites. The iconic drumming in songs such as “YYZ” and “Tom Sawyer” will forever be a legacy to his outstanding talent, musical creativity and work ethic.
Thank you Neil Peart for sharing with us your musical voice, and for being an inspiration to millions. The professor, you will be missed. RIP.