Friday, January 10, 2020

Neal Peart, R.I.P.



Neil Peart, RUSH's director of beat, the patron saint of virtuoso drummers, has died at 67. Saying anything more about one of the greatest drummers of all time would be superfluous. I'm not positive about protocol, but I'm pretty sure I have to put black mourning bands around my own sticks for the next month. The king is dead.

And if there's a rock-and-roll heaven, you know they've got a helluva band.


14 comments:

Ned2 said...

An amazing musician. He could do things on the skins every drummer only dreamed of.
Fair seas, Neil. RIP.

Anonymous said...

RIP. I'm going to go grab a cassette tape and listen to some limelight.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiRuj2_czzw

ambiguousfrog said...

Yup. Who didn't grow up listening to 2112 and Moving Pictures vinyl for hours in their friends basement.

Nori said...

Indeed.Played each of those lp’s over & over,never got bored.
Those 3 guys produced some of the most memorable music ever recorded.

Great video choices. Tom Sawyer still gives me chills.
RIP Mr Peart,and thanks.

Robert Schecter said...

Great drummer, great lyricist. Gone far too soon. RIP

The Gray Man said...

My wife, my parents and I went to the Rush 40 tour in May of 2015. The wife was 7 months pregnant with twins. I have a set of sticks signed by Peart. Dad’s favorite band is Rush and I grew up hearing them my whole life. Wife was wearing her Rush band t-shirt when she found out and came in the room and told me.

OldAFSarge said...

Stunned that he's gone. Good idea on the black mourning bands on the sticks. Very appropriate.

RIP Neil.

Mike Doyle said...

Damn... now I'm going to go binge watching Rush on YouTube.

Cheers, man. You gave all of us so much...

June J said...

RIP Mr. Peart, your drumming will not be forgotten.

RandyGC said...

RIP Neal.

My favorite of their "short" songs is Frewill(2112 being my favorite overall):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thMm9GELnck

Today I'm playing the Rush Radio audio stream as my background:

http://144.217.129.213:8874/stream

Unknown said...

https://youtu.be/LWRMOJQDiLU

Pure mastery

Anonymous said...

I can't believe you're saying These things just can't be true Our world could use this beauty Just think what we might do....

RandyGC said...

Just found on the internet, a bit of lightnes:

"Neil is chuckling somewhere knowing that hundreds of bands with shows tonight are trying to figure out how to play one easy Rush song.

There are none."

Anonymous said...

RIP Neil. You were the best ever. Rush made my teen years, and a whole lot of other years, better.