The Canadian drummer who redefined the parameters of rock percussion succumbed to brain cancer
Rush drummer Neil Peart, widely regarded for his ability to balance imagination and proficiency, has succumbed to brain cancer at the age of 67.
His death was confirmed by Meg Symsyk, a media spokesperson for the progressive rock trio made up Peart, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.
Personally speaking, there is much to process here given how fresh the news is at press time. I have been an unabashed Rush fan for over 30 years now. I’m blessed to have gotten to see them in concert on just about every tour since Roll The Bones. And each time Peart just dazzled with his superhuman endurance throughout the trio’s two- to three-hour sets, a sea of humanity seemingly air drumming in unison to every acrobatic fill he hit.
More to come as this story develops, but for now we should just put on our favorite Rush album and remember the giant we lost today.
Lee and Lifeson just posted a message on their Twitter page:
I can’t believe he’s gone.
RUSH in Peace.
“Good work is the key to good fortune
Winners take that praise
Losers seldom take that blame
If they don’t take that game
And sometimes the winner takes nothing
We draw our own designs
But fortune has to make that frame.”
“Roll The Bones” lyrics by Neil Peart