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Rush drummer Neil Peart dead at 67


David Friend

The Canadian Press Published

Friday, January 10, 2020 4:14PM EST

Last Updated Friday, January 10, 2020 9:58PM EST




TORONTO -- Neil Peart, the virtuoso percussionist and chief lyricist of Canadian progressive rock band Rush, was often called one of the greatest of drummers of all time, but despite the group's legions of superfans the musician led an intensely private life in an endless quest for deeper knowledge.


Peart, 67, died Tuesday in Santa Monica, Calif., after battling glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, according to a statement provided by Elliot Mintz, a family spokesman.


"It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the terrible news," his bandmates Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson said in a joint statement on Friday.


"(Our) friend, soul brother and band mate of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three-and-a-half year battle with brain cancer."


While Peart is considered an inseparable piece of Rush's legendary rock status, he was often a reluctant participant in most public events, unless they were behind his elaborate -- and often gargantuan -- drum kits.


Peart also thrived with a pen in his hand, serving as the versatile main writer on such songs as the science-fiction infused "Tom Sawyer," the potent social reflection "Subdivisions," and power ballad "Closer to the Heart."


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35 minutes ago, flash48 said:

You can see his famous drum solo's here:



I seen Rush twice in concert, they were amazing! Neils drum solos were always a show stealer. RIP Neil Peart.

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