Neil Peart, Drummer and Lyricist for Rush, Dies at 67
Neil Peart, the pyrotechnical drummer and high-concept lyricist for the Canadian progressive-rock
trio Rush, died on Tuesday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 67.
The cause was brain cancer, according to a statement by the band’s spokesman, Elliot Mintz.
Rush was formed in 1968 but found its long-term identity — as the trio of Geddy Lee on vocals,
keyboards and bass, Alex Lifeson on guitars and Mr. Peart on drums — after Mr. Peart replaced
the band’s founding drummer, John Rutsey, in 1974.
SiriusXM is honoring the iconic drummer and lyricist with a limited-time RUSH Tribute Channel starting 1/12 at 8am ET on Deep Tracks (Ch. 27).
RUSH Tribute Channel features the music of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees RUSH. Plus hear a two-hour exclusive special, Closer To The Heart- The Music of Rush's Neil Peart, showcasing Neil Peart's career highlights and music with rock journalist and SiriusXM Host David Fricke.
The special airs Monday 1/13/20 from 7pm to 9pm ET and will also be available On Demand.
I was never a huge Rush fan - came across via a friend and bought 'A Farewell To Kings' and 'Hemispheres' - the latter I particularly liked. Later I bought 'Permanent Wave' but felt they'd lost something and we parted ways.