R.I.P Neil Peart

RickP

Gold Member
I had to wait a day before replying . Neil was inspirational , brilliant , humble and had great integrity . All wonderful traits and not stereotypical of many Celebrities. Neil like Ringo became a household name . People with only a minor interest in Music knee who he was . He became a point of comparison for Drummers ( So Si is not as great as Neil Peart).

I loved how strongly Neil protected his privacy and followed his own rules of conduct and decorum . Neil was never controversial or involved in scandals ( yet another reason to admire him ).

Neil never lost the urge to improve his considerable skills . He took lessons with Freddie Gruber and Peter Erskine in his 50’s . Many people would have just rested on their Laurels , but not Neil .

Hopefully some of you have read some of his wonderful books . They are brilliantly written and very entertaining . Yet another reason to admire him .

Neil never forgot his Canadian Roits and was very proud of being a Canadian.

I was proud of Neil being a fellow Canadian and Drummer . He inspired me in ways more than drumming and was such great and reluctant role model . I would have loved to have shook his hand and told him how much he meant to me , but I know it would have just embarrassed him and makes him feel uncomfortable . That would be the last thing I would ever want to do to him .
So instead , I would just like to say I miss you already , there will never be another like you.
 

Accurweld

Member
I had to wait a day before replying . Neil was inspirational , brilliant , humble and had great integrity . All wonderful traits and not stereotypical of many Celebrities. Neil like Ringo became a household name . People with only a minor interest in Music knee who he was . He became a point of comparison for Drummers ( So Si is not as great as Neil Peart).

I loved how strongly Neil protected his privacy and followed his own rules of conduct and decorum . Neil was never controversial or involved in scandals ( yet another reason to admire him ).

Neil never lost the urge to improve his considerable skills . He took lessons with Freddie Gruber and Peter Erskine in his 50’s . Many people would have just rested on their Laurels , but not Neil .

Hopefully some of you have read some of his wonderful books . They are brilliantly written and very entertaining . Yet another reason to admire him .

Neil never forgot his Canadian Roits and was very proud of being a Canadian.

I was proud of Neil being a fellow Canadian and Drummer . He inspired me in ways more than drumming and was such great and reluctant role model . I would have loved to have shook his hand and told him how much he meant to me , but I know it would have just embarrassed him and makes him feel uncomfortable . That would be the last thing I would ever want to do to him .
So instead , I would just like to say I miss you already , there will never be another like you.
It's like I wrote that myself. Exactly what I'd like to say. I've never been affected by a celebrity in any circumstance. But Neil Peart is different. Hes not only in my opinion the best, but a good man. His drumming inspired me at about 14 yrs old, now 44, he inspires me even more. He's the only star I've really been a fan of. Theres many reasons for that.
Thank you and R.I.P. Mr Peart.
 

Xeno

Member
Been shellshocked ever since hearing this.
While I respect an artist's right to privacy, it's a gut-punch to fans when they pass.
The man will be missed.
 

Hewitt2

Senior Member
I will never forget the first time I heard Tom Sawyer on the radio and like many others instantly fell in love with the drums. Thank you Neil for inspiring me and for being such a positive role model. Your massive influence will live on. RIP.
 

Juniper

Gold Member
I stared reading 'Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road' over the weekend and I throughly recommend it.

Not only was he an amazing drummer he was also a very good author.

Really enjoying it so far.
 

Mikecore

Silver Member
I really hoped I would be a much older man when I read this news. We know we will eventually read the obituaries of our musical heroes, but this was really a bolt out of the blue.
 

Juniper

Gold Member
Touching tribute from his friend Doane Perry

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Neil Ellwood Peart - 9/12/52 - 1/7/20

I want to thank all the people who have so kindly written, texted, posted or called regarding Neil's passing. Like so many, this has completely undone me and I haven't quite known where to start. I am working on something more substantial to be posted in the future when things have settled a little for everyone.

During the last three and a half years, Neil faced this brutal, aggressive brain cancer bravely, philosophically and with his customary humor, sometimes light and occasionally dark - all very characteristic of him, even given the serious situation and the odds handed to him at the time of the diagnosis and subsequent surgery. But he fought it. By his own request for privacy, few people knew, but his understandable response to this news in no way excludes or diminishes ALL of those who also knew him, worked with him or loved and admired him from up close, or at a distance. His tenacious approach to life served him well during these last years and although he primarily kept his own counsel, he retained his dignity, compassion, understanding and his deeply inquisitive nature, which never deserted him. Remarkably, considering the severity of his condition (glioblastoma) and through the resulting aftermath, he really had no pain. This was always my first question when I saw him.

“Any pain?” I asked.

“No pain”, came the reply.

What a blessing that was. We were all grateful for that.

For every one of us who loved him, near and far, this is a loss that is difficult and impossible to summarize in a few short paragraphs. The outpouring of love, respect and appreciation from every imaginable quarter for this extraordinary, singular talent and beautiful man with a mind like no one I have ever met, is touching beyond words. To those that had to guard and hold on to this information closely for three and a half years, for obvious and protective reasons; his wife Carrie, daughter Olivia, his loving family, band, colleagues and friends, they have my undying admiration. You know who you are.

Apart from his deeply gifted, genius talent and prolific output, which he brilliantly displayed through music, lyric and prose writing and that staggering storehouse of knowledge across an array of subjects in multiple fields, he remained a kind, gentle, considerate and modest soul and a consummate gentleman… as well as an extraordinary friend. If you were his friend, you knew it and he understood how to be the best friend that you could ever hope to have. I think I speak for all, known and unknown to him, to say he will be deeply missed, eternally loved, appreciated and remembered for his many invaluable contributions to music, art and the written word. That will be forever celebrated.

Despite what he knew and we knew which was inevitable, I believe there is some sense of relief that this long, difficult odyssey has finally ended.

Thank you my dear friend, for passing this way. We are all richer for your presence and light in our lives.

🙏💙🙏

Doane Perry - January 16th, 2020
 
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