Rush Drummer and Lyricist Neil Peart, Remembered
Artists react to the passing of the iconic drummer today at the age of 67.
The music world was shocked today with the passing of legendary Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. Considered one of the best to ever pick up a pair of drumsticks, Peart quietly battled brain cancer after retiring from touring in 2015. He was sixty-seven years old.
As details of his passing emerged, artists and fans far and wide have shared their thoughts and condolences online, from indie rockers HEALTH to the city of Toronto to Rush themselves.
Here’s a round-up of reactions.
Neil Peart September 12, 1952 – January 7, 2020 pic.twitter.com/NivX2RhiB8
— Rush (@rushtheband) January 10, 2020
RIP Neil Peart pic.twitter.com/PxNZ3W5WSs
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) January 10, 2020
I just heard about Neil Peart passing. I feel real bad about this – he was way too young. Neil was one of the great drummers and he’ll be missed. Love & mercy to Neil’s family.
– Brian pic.twitter.com/T5qjECWX1W
— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) January 10, 2020
— Jack Black (@jackblack) January 10, 2020
Put on my favorite RUSH album, Hemispheres and started crying like a little bitch
— HEALTH (@_HEALTH_) January 10, 2020
— DāM-FunK (@DaMFunK) January 10, 2020
Sorry to hear this. https://t.co/cZWcAj1p2Y
— Krist Novoselić (@KristNovoselic) January 10, 2020
My prayers and condolences to the Peart Family, Fans and Friends. Neil was a kind soul. R.I.P……. Rush Drummer Neil Peart Dead at 67 – Rolling Stone https://t.co/icYz6fnXfE
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) January 10, 2020
— Kirk Hammett (@KirkHammett) January 10, 2020
At the end of a crazy @rockhall night in 2013 where @rushtheband & @PublicEnemyFTP were inducted. It was just myself & Neil PEart alone talkin & laughing low in relief the long night was over-a small table backstage sharing a unique moment without much word. Rest in Beats my man
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) January 10, 2020
— superchunk (@superchunk) January 10, 2020
So sad to hear about Neil Peart
I only got to meet him once but we were both
St Catharines natives. Incredible drummer obviously
but also, he gave RUSH their signature thought provoking lyrics. Huge Loss RIP RS
— Ron Sexsmith (@RonSexsmith) January 10, 2020
We’ve lost a great one far too soon 😞https://t.co/e559BEYv73
— Bonnaroo (@Bonnaroo) January 10, 2020
We are sad to hear news that the Greatest Drummer of all-time has passed away 😔🥁🇨🇦
R.I.P Neil Peart (#RUSH) 🕊️
b. Sept 12, 1952 Hamilton, ON
d. Jan. 7, 2020 pic.twitter.com/3vXbCTKlpK
— T O R O N T O 🍁 (@Toronto) January 10, 2020
Sad news today, Neil Peart and @rushtheband were absolutely monumental influences on me as a musician and a person. I'm fortunate to have seen them live many times over the years, including at their final concert in LA in 2015. #RIPNeilPeart https://t.co/bOl3FJmu25
— Tom Dumont (@TomDumont) January 10, 2020
Sad to hear of Neil Peart passing. RIP. pic.twitter.com/2iMWJq1uoo
— Geezer Butler (@geezerbutler) January 10, 2020
Legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart has left us. Rest in Rock, sir. https://t.co/u5MLl0uOxq
— Ted Allen (@TheTedAllen) January 10, 2020
— David Ellefson (@ellefsondavid) January 10, 2020
Crushed to hear of Neil Peart’s passing. The best ever. Hail Rush. pic.twitter.com/evgCqQkkN9
— The Devil Inside Johnny Taylor (@hipsterocracy) January 10, 2020
We are saddened to hear of Neil Peart’s passing.
Thank you, Neil, for sharing your love of hockey with us and Rush fans around the world. pic.twitter.com/iocConRXcP
— Hockey Hall of Fame (@HockeyHallFame) January 10, 2020
Rush embodied Rock & Roll in a way that transcended whether you were a fan or not-they did exactly what they wanted to do-exactly the way they wanted to do it. NO COMPROMISE.
Love them – or not. RESPECT is totally due.
Neil Peart fused Heart.Mind.Body. To a seamless whole.
— Vernon Reid (@vurnt22) January 11, 2020
Oh man… Neil Peart. 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. Never be complacent. You can ALWAYS be better. R.I.P.
— patrick wilson (@patrickwilson73) January 10, 2020
Thank you, Neil pic.twitter.com/YicBRsaF00
— goldenvoice (@goldenvoice) January 10, 2020