Bad News -Just Announced 12 Minutes Ago-Neil Peart Has Passed Away

GetAgrippa

Platinum Member
I didn't know he was ill. Heart felt condolences to his family and friends. Everybody is dying the last few years it seems-lost a lot of great musicians-makes me ponder my own mortality.
 

mikyok

Platinum Member
What a guy.......

Glad I had the pleasure twice. This year sucks already!

Sleep tight big guy
 

Dr_Watso

Platinum Member
I don't mean to make light of the situation, but I take comfort in his knowing he is a part of history and made a huge mark on the world and world of musical art. We could all hope for so much.

Rest easy, path forger.
 

Otto

Platinum Member
His music were my formative etudes. I learned composition ideas that went far beyond the instrument he used to express them.

His words brought me into reading various philosophers that gave me, as a 14 year old kid, some hefty mental exercise in verbal logic that enhanced my rhythmic logic.

His integrity formed my poor white trash upbringing into a self driven college degree and a strong belief that art is greater than money.

His difficulties kept me grounded...believing that success is more than recognition.

I did not know him but his effect on my life is profound in so many ways I cannot fully assess.

I met him riding down the freeway headed to town(going bowling if I remember right) in the back seat of a friends car hearing Tom Sawyer for the first time on my friends new Nakamichi tape deck and 200 watt Carver Amp...though he was not in the car physically I could hear the thought processes far clearer than most that I had ever spoken with face to face. The next day I was messing around with one handed 16ths on the Hi-Hat with syncopated bass drum. A few years later my sister gave me a big-ish gift certificate to a local record store and I bought the Rush catalog - then spent several years learning to play the songs with extreme accuracy....teaching me far more about discipline and self motivation than any other single source ever had.

I remember seeing the Grace Under Pressure Tour with a friend who was also a drummer...our eyes pressed hard against binoculars watching details few would notice...then seeing the next album with the graphic showing the skinny kid with the binoculars....laughing like crazy...knowing I was one of many. I commiserate our loss with you other kids that did the same.
 
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Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

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His music were my formative etudes. I learned composition ideas that went far beyond the instrument he used to express them.

His words brought me into reading various philosophers that gave me, as a 14 year old kid, some hefty mental exercise in verbal logic that enhanced my rhythmic logic.

His integrity formed my poor white trash upbringing into a self driven college degree and a strong belief that art is greater than money.

His difficulties kept me grounded...believing that success is more than recognition.

I did not know him but his effect on my life is profound in so many ways I cannot fully assess.

I met him riding down the freeway headed to town(going bowling if I remember right) in the back seat of a friends car hearing Tom Sawyer for the first time on my friends new Nakamichi tape deck and 200 watt Carver Amp...though he was not in the car physically I could hear the thought processes far clearer than most that I had ever spoken with face to face. The next day I was messing around with one handed 16ths on the Hi-Hat with syncopated bass drum. A few years later my sister gave me a big-ish gift certificate to a local record store and I bought the Rush catalog - then spent several years learning to play the songs with extreme accuracy....teaching me far more about discipline and self motivation than any other single source ever had.

I remember seeing the Grace Under Pressure Tour with a friend who was also a drummer...our eyes pressed hard against binoculars watching details few would notice...then seeing the next album with the graphic showing the skinny kid with the binoculars....laughing like crazy...knowing I was one of many. I commiserate our loss with you other kids that did the same.
the first 5 statements are my life exactly as well. I sort of got chills reading them!!

...he was like a second father in some ways to me. Grace Under Pressure was my first tour to see them on...at 12 years old. I saw them at least twice on every tour after that, and more on many when I was an adult. I had to soak in every moment that I could with them.

So much other well said, and sentimental comments in this thread...
 

Skitch

Pioneer Member
The first concert I ever went to was the Rush "New World" tour in support of the Signals album. Golden Earring was the opening act. I was so far back in the nosebleed section that I had to use binoculars to see the stage. I would go on to see the Power Windows concert, Hold Your Fire and Presto tours. The Presto concert was memorable because that I was the first time one of my friends had seen the "Roll the Bones" video.

Limelight was the first Rush song I heard and learned to play and I even wrote him (this was in the early 1980s). For about 9 years I would study every Rush album which came out and always found it fascinating that he was the band's lyricist. I think that he liked to write the written word as much as he liked playing the drums.

And we can't forget his contributions as far as the "Burning for Buddy" cds which featured many prominent drummers playing with the Buddy Rich Big Band. This was a huge contribution in and of itself!


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Fusssion

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It's unreal to me,...so sad. But,...that was him, MEGA private, ....he dropped from the radar COMPLETELY soon after the retirement announcement,....and now we understand.

Probably the largest influence of drummers worldwide! There are many, obviously, but Neil was certainly on everyone's list!

Rest in peace, sir, and thank you for the contributions and musical memories that will live forever!
 
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