He is too young.
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.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.