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Neil Peart, Rush's star drummer, dies at 67

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Was a rock, and Cajun zydeco drummer in my early years. Rush is in my top 3 of bands I love. I will always appreciate Mr. Peart more for his lyrics than his drumming.

Reading Lord of the Rings then later discovering The Necromancer was priceless. 2112, The Fountain of Lamneth, the trees, red barchetta, freewill, closed to the heart, the camera eye, anthem, many more. Stopped buying after moving pictures.

Nice life Neil!

Rock on!!!!

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He was a genius on percussion that never got complacent and always wanted to learn more. He lost a daughter AND a wife in the same year. Hopped on a motorcycle for a year and found peace. I hate losing good people when there is so many bad in this world still walking around.

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First caught Rush on their Signals tour in April 1983. Was totally blown away by the majesty and sophistication of this man's performance. A huge loss today for the world of music but his towering contribution will remain in mine and the hearts of many others forever.

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I was fortunate to have the chance to see Rush live in concert (The Power Windows Tour) way back in the 80s. Peart's drum set was the most fantastic one I've ever seen. It was like 3 to 4 rings of drums and gongs in a complete circle around him, and of course he was a great drummer. It was a great show.

RIP

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There's no estimating how much my life has been shaped by Rush. I'd accepted that they were done with the last album and tour but this news makes it all the more final with no possibility for any new music from the band. Rush certainly wasn't for everyone, but it's undeniable that the world just lost one of its most intellectual musical virtuosos who happened to be one fine human being.

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This is so terrible and awful. RUSH was one of the greatest live bands of ALL TIME, their shows ranked amongst the BEST. Even as a teenager I noticed that the lyrics were not your clichéd 'love + partying + rock'n'roll'. Neil's lyric writing had a lot of philosophical mature themes and content from various sources like Shakespeare, the Bible, comic book s, sci-fy novels, many more works - even other rock'n'rollers such as Simon and Garfunkel.

'The Pass' is a prominent marker for me because I was in college in 1990 and that song was just a new song, good times, good music. But it has an anti-suicide lyrical theme to it, and this woman I was dating and was in a serious relationship at the time took her own life 3 years ago and now that song makes me cry :'''''(I also saw RUSH for the first of 5 times in 1990. I saw them again in 2004, 2007, 2012 and 2015. Five times altogether, the most times I've ever seen a band until last year when I saw Cheap Trick 2 more times to top it.They are Canada's BEST musical export ever, they're one of the most intelligent bands in history (WITHOUT being geeky in the slightest), and man oh man did they ever kick some serious ASS! They merged hard rock with prog rock into a unique fusion although they also dabbled withelements of heavy metal, reggae, dance music, ska, glam/glitter rock, punk rock, and more. And they greatly influenced various bands in various genres incl. grunge, prog metal and much more. RUSH ranks with the Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Roxy Music, New York Dolls, the Ramones, Motorhead, U2, Prince, Kraftwerk and certain special artists as giants innovation. 

No woman that I ever went out with liked this band, for some funny reason. RUSH has been recently FINALLY getting the critical respect and laudations they deserved. And of course Neil Peart ranks as one of rock's greatest drummers. I have seen him, Phil Collins, Ringo Starr and Rick Allen - 4 of the best drummers ever. 

RUSH is one of the greatest rock bands of all time, and I feel blessed to have seen their stupendous electrifying energetic live performances five times. At the 2015 show I ran into a man who had the date of his first RUSH show and counting (he had seen RUSH over 2000 times, all over the world!).

It's truly sad that it really is all over. There's nothing left to do but isten to some RUSH CDs and watch the DVDs that come with them. And remember...... 

RIP NEIL PEART AND THANK YOU!

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Listen to the live recording of YYZ that's in this article on Rush's 12 best songs.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/rush-neil-peart-essential-songs-936249/the-spirit-of-radio-1980-936268/

I remember the first time I heard this in 1984 as a kid learning to play the drums and it completely blew my mind when I heard the drum solo. A high-water mark set there by a true virtuoso. A fantastic drummer and great human being. Thank you so much for your music.

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I first got into RUSH in early 1980 as a teen and for nearly everything in my life since there's been a RUSH song that either was on a new album at the time or had a lyrical theme that was relevant then (or would be even more relevant later on) or both. Neil was one of the greatest rock lyricists ever. That is one of the biggest things in music for me - can I relate to this? Does it say anything to me about my life? Am I the only one who feels this way?

That's been very important for me as I've grown into adulthood and matured.  I do like to get silly once in a while too, but 'I'm Too Sexy' for most of today's pop music and the 'adult contemporary' and New Age formats because they're manufactured, vapid, soulless and downright stupid.

Of course the lyrical content wouldn't amount as much if the music wasn't good. And RUSH kicked some major fanny! They never put out a rotten album - Geddy, Alex and Neil are musical virtuosos and that's what counts the most.

RUSH has played a huge part of my musical life, a soundtrack since I was 13 years old. Like David Bowie 4 years ago this week, Prince the same year - this is so sudden and shocking. Rock'n'roll has lost another star and as a 'New World Man' (Generation X) I am very sad that another musical icon I grew up with is gone.

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I was very sad to hear the news that Neil Peart is no longer with us.

I got to see Rush play in Quebec City in 1997. It was a dream come true.

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krustytheclownToday 12:56 am JSTI was very sad to hear the news that Neil Peart is no longer with us.

I got to see Rush play in Quebec City in 1997. It was a dream come true.

Not to get off topic here, but I visited that wonderful city for the first time last year. I totally love it. Bonne!

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I actually broke down when I heard the news this morning. I’ve been a Rush fan since I was in elementary school around 11 years old and listened to their “A Farewell to the Kings” album, absolutely spectacular, it goes without saying Neil was one of the best “Rock” drummers in the world. The man was an incredible drummer and lyricist and the way he and Geddy were locked tight on every song would just blow me away again and again, they were one of the reasons why I started doing music. Songs like Xanadu, the drumming and Bassline with a touch of Alex’s rhythm chords is just something I never get tired of. Closer to the heart has one of the best guitar solos that has been replicated time after time and from there the band was always experimenting with new sounds and rhythm patterns and Hemisphere was no exception. “Cygnus X-1 Book II” never gets old to play and then of course their masterpiece “Moving Pictures” just brings back classic memories with songs like “Tom Sawyer, Limelight, YYZ of course and Red Barchetta” it just doesn’t get better musically. Great memories. Neil, always been a huge influence and musical inspiration in my life, thanks for the memories and thank you for making some of the best rock music ever and will withstand the test of time, a treasure everyone real musician will cherish.

Thank you, RIP.

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Getting the call about Neil yesterday was devastating to say the least. From my early teens into adulthood no band, no individual musicians and no lyricist has meant more to me. I was lucky to see them well over 10 times on numerous tours.

Neil the rock drummer- G.O.A.T.

Neil the lyricist- G.O.A.T.

Time to listen to every cd from Fly by Night through Signals.

Sir, you reached the highest levels in your endeavors while inspiring, influencing and adding happiness to lives of millions. Endless thanks!

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