yea, it aint bow hunting or archery, but many here grew up listening to Rush ... Neil was one of the best drummers that ever existed .....
Neil Peart, the legendary drummer for the popular Canadian rock trio Rush, has died at age 67, the band announced Friday.
Peart died on Tuesday in Santa Monica, Calif., after battling brain cancer, family spokesperson Elliot Mintz said in a statement obtained by Fox News.... I am heart broken ... one of my favorites !! ..................
Sad news for sure, arguably the greatest rock and roll drummer to ever pick up the sticks. Had the privilege to see them live twice. Rush, 3 of the most talented musicians to ever make musing together. Bummer for sure.
Rush a was a big part of my youth. Their music was the score behind much of my life as a teen. I played in a band and we did our best to cover a few Rush songs. That gave a whole new perspective on how talented they were. Always loved his drumming.
Heard it today on the way home. First heard Rush in my 10th grade sociology class. Teacher played 2112. Been hooked ever since. I loved how every album was distinctly Rush, but each one had a different sound or feel. Fly by Night, Caress of Steel (way under rated) , all the way thru Moving Pictures. After MP, their music didn't intrigue me as it once did. Even so, they are still my favorite group. Saw them in 1980 & 1981 or '82. My son asked me which was my favorite album. I said Fly by Night, Caress of Steel ,2112, A Farewell to Kings, Hemispheres, Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures are number 1. Depending on the mood, each one is my fave.
This seems like a fitting tribute. Godspeed, Neil and thank you.
It was late 1976 and I was sitting in a high school Architectural Drafting class. Our teacher let us listen to music while we worked on our assignments and one of the guys put 2112 in the cassette player. I was blown away and Rush has been my favorite band ever since. All three are so incredibly talented with the their chosen instruments and with Neil's lyrical genius, they became one of rock's greatest bands. Best move Geddy and Alex ever made was booting John Rutsey and finding Neil.
I'm sure Neil's up above playing the "drum solo of life." RIP
To give you an idea just what a drummer he was, he did La Villa Strangiato when he was just 25 and the album was released when he was 26.
Those that are drummers know what a feat that is. I think that Rolling Stones poll may have been a "favorites" but certainly not "the greatest" poll. His time signatures is what separated him from the others.
Neil Pert was incredible. Had the pleasure of seeing him 3 times over the Years. He will finally get to join his Wife and Child, that he tragically lost years ago. God needed him more than us...Heaven is going to rock!!
Wow. I breezed across this thread quickly to see who “got it” and who didn’t. As Picasso and Van Gough have been forever recognized as unforgettable artists Neil Peart was a truly legendary artist of percussions. Not just drums. I play drums myself. I’ve listened to Rush and seen them in concerts. For me it was impossible not to focus on his drum licks. He was born to play drums and he was so Fn good that I can’t imagine he was inspired by anything other than life itself.
Whoever the living number 2 drummer of all time is he just got a promotion. Neil Peart was the king. RIP Professor! :-(
What was the lyric...."we have assumed control, we have assumed control"?
Great drummer, great band that had a sense of humor too, have them on my iPod and Android and gave a listen last night on the commute. I always admired just how massive his drum set was, he used all of it.
Man.... I can remember every kid I knew playing the air drums to Rush and Neil Peart... !!!
Yes.... Sense of humor Grasshopper.... Remember when Geddy Lee sang Take Off To The Great White North on Bob and Doug McKenzie’s album ?? Representing Canada and Rock and Roll proudly !! Love me some Rush.....
He was certainly one of the best. My brother is a drummer and spoke very highly of his talent. Many hours in our garage listening to him jam to Rush, learning how to play like him. Never saw them live, which I regret. RIP!
I was fortunate to see them in concert six times. The first was their 1981 Moving Pictures tour in Minneapolis. They literally lit up the stage with their fireworks display. Then I saw them again on their 1982 Signals tour in Sioux Falls, the only time they played there. It wasn't until 22 years later when I went to their 2004 R30 show in Salt Lake City and then the 2007 Snakes and Arrows show, also in Salt Lake City. Next was the 2010 Time Machine tour at Red Rocks and finally, their R40 farewell tour in 2015 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Special memories, for sure. (Note, some more special than others as I've had to edit this post several times as friends and family have cleared quite a bit of fog from my old, terrible memory. LOL!)
Mule Power... now THATS a drum set !! .. to me, the best there was .... a lot of memories with him/them ... music of my life .... every time I hear them, I think of the time and where I was in my life when that tune came out ....
Im way to young to fully understand what you old farts are talkin bout, but i will agree Rush is good music. And i dont know anything about drumming but the dude seems to be able to shred on em. Just saw this article i posted below, thought it was kinda cool
Glad to see this thread. I saw them the first time at the Sept 9, 1979 show at Rose Arena. That concert site says it was in Grand Rapids, MI, but Rose is Central Michigan University's basketball arena and is in Mt Pleasant. It is a small arena and my brothers and I and some friends had seats about 8 rows from the stage on the basketball court. I was 15 years old. We were all thoroughly hooked on Rush after that show. Neil soloed on Xanadu and I highly recommend that song to all.
I texted my brothers yesterday to let them know when I saw the headline about him passing. One tried to write back 'Aw', but it got spell checked to 'Awe'. I told him that it was the first time that spell-check had ever got it right. Neil's drumming and lyrical genius was, is, and always will be awe inspiring.
Rush and Zep have been my 2 favorite bands, hell, since the mid seventies. Now the 2 best are gone, and I remember when Bonham passed. Seen rush a bunch of times including 2015 on their last tour. What an incredible drummer! R.I.P. Neil
RIP Neil. This one hurt when I read about it, he went way too young.
I was a drummer from age 14-23, spent many hours with my headphones on trying to play along with Rush songs and figure out just WTH he was doing. Not only was he the GOAT at drums, he also wrote incredibly insightful lyrics. Rush was a fantastic band, three truly incredible musicians.
That Rolling Stone poll is BS, I've heard enough of Bonham and Moon to know they aren't as good as Peart. More popular, sure, but the drums didn't add to the music as much in Zep and The Who. (Not hating, I do respect those two) If you're a fan of drumming, check out Danny Carey from Tool, IMHO he's on par with Peart.
I'll also add that if you haven't heard the album Clockwork Angels from Rush (2014-ish) it is an awesome album.
Dang, the memories I get now. My dad and I used to share a deer stand until I was 15 or so. He used to go back to "the Shack" and start the prime rib around lunch time, then come back to the stand at 3:00. I now remember listening to "Roll the Bones" on my headphones in the stand one day after he left. Had to get my fill of Neil, but still scanning the woods. RIP Neil.
Very sad news. Was fortunate to see him in concert 3 times. Twice in the 80’s then 2015 at Milwaukee Summerfest. The last was a very memorable show. A great performance on a very comfy summer evening on the big lake. RIP Neil the best.
https://youtu.be/6XPrNGpzeGI Also look up "where's my thing" live.. great examples on how 3 individual styles make 1 great band..sadly like a puzzle you can't have one without the other.Good Night Professor
I was turned on you Rush in the late '70s by my cousin Vince, keyboardist for the Tubes and later for the Greatful Dead. Back stage at the Celebrity Theater after a Tubes concert he said, you have to listen to these guys, you'll never hear a better sound out only three guys, but pay attention to the drummer, he's off the charts! RIP Neil, RIP Vince. Tragic.
WMMR in Phila is doing a tribute to Neil and rush right now. All Rush and guest , story’s etc. Mike Portnoy is up next, a friend of Neil’s, his influence and a great drummer himself. The music is fantastic. A little sad though to listen to.
I am a huge RUSH fan and have seen them in concert 20 or so times ! I remember purchasing a Signals program book at my first concert in 83 and one of the pictures in the book was Neil shooting a bow backstage . I later read in one of his books that he did that for a few tours to relax !!
Rush, you either got it or you didn't, but there was no denying that the three of them, individually were absolute masters at their crafts, and Neil Peart was the Professor. Together, they made music that sounded like it came from over 10 musicians, yet it was only three. The BIG thing was, whatever they pulled off in the studio, they pulled off live as well.
And here I thought something was wrong with me. I shared two of his passions, drumming and riding motorcycles. If he was an elk hunter we might have been brothers. I found it interesting, or appropriate that this thread was in the elk forums though. I felt it was appropriate since elk are the king of beasts here where we live.
Neil started bringing a bicycle on tour, to get out and see some of the cities and country side while on tour. He didn't like flying, and got a motorcycle to travel between cities and see even more countryside while touring. Alex and Geddy were cool with that, cuz they could now ditch the tour bus and fly between shows. The great thing about Rush is that they are regular guys, and did not act like typical rock stars. There aren't any rehab stories with them that I know of. Alex Lifeson appeared on an episode or two or Trailer Park Boys, which was hilarious.
Here’s a good one for you... a friend of mine was driving north of Pittsburgh near a rural area. There was a mall there, the Clearview Mall and was early morning before the stores opened. He notices a limousine parked and there were a couple guys running remote control cars around the parking lot so he went over to see who it was. You guessed it.... Neil, Alex, and Geddy! The shot the shit for a little and they gave him free tickets to the show that weekend. How cool is that!!!
A theatre near us had the "Time Stands Still" documentary showing recently. My girlfriend could never understand why I was such a huge Rush fan and why I was always forcing my 11 year old daughter to listen to them on the radio (she called them "old timey"). She quickly understood what masterful musicians they were. Oddly enough, 'Available Light' from Presto was playing at the very end of the film, a favorite song of mine.
Nice to read all the positive post! A legend for sure! He touched millions with his skills, I copied his early kits growing up playing drums! I can only imagine the jam sessions in heaven ! God bless all his loved ones family and friends :)
I'm guessing in their earlier days... they did "partake" ..... A Passage to Bangkok/
"Our first stop is in Bogotà, To check Columbian fields, The natives smile and pass along, A sample of their yield, Sweet Jamaican pipe dreams, Golden Acapulco nights, Then Morocco, and the East, Fly by morning light.........
I would imagine Neil's death pretty much ended Rush as a band. Even if they found someone who's remotely close to his level I don't think the fans would go for it.. The best we can hope for is studio stuff hidden away somewhere
I don't see any way to continue Rush without Neil, and doubt Geddy and Alex would even try. However, I enjoy listening to those two play as well so I'd love to see them release some music working together or solo.
From Wiki : " Rush announced plans to cease large-scale touring at the end of 2015, following the conclusion of their R40 Live Tour. After nearly three years of an uncertain future, Lifeson reluctantly announced in January 2018 that the band was not going to continue. Peart died of brain cancer at the age of 67 on January 7, 2020."
But I have to say there’s some serious talent in this country. I personally have two friends, one a lifelong buddy who now lives in LA and my drum teacher here in Pa that can literally play ANYTHING including Rush songs. These guys can learn an entire album in one week and are flawless.
They don’t know each other but have some obvious similarities. Hyperactive!!! They even talk fast! Lol
I guess you could debate this until the cows come home...but still without Neil Peart (just my opinion) it wouldn't be RUSH. Yea they could still get mileage out of the name but would Zeppelin be Zeppelin with Bonzo. Yea Jason could sit in...not the same. Kansas is still around but to me not the same without Steve Walsh. If they want to carry on (no pun intended) change the name of the band. I could go on naming bands, but won't.
Some Groups will carry on with a name, but are nowhere close to what they were at their peak with the original members.. Styx comes to mind, they still tour, but without Dennis DeYoung and John Panozzo on drums they are not the same IMO (3 original members are still there however) ... I am afraid the Rush we all love will be no more .....
Watched an interview (can't remember whether it was Alex or Neil) a few years ago around the time of their Hall of Fame induction, that at one time they consider getting another singer to help Getty Lee with locals...
I don't think Rush should ever attempt to continue or do another tour without Neil - However, there are some bands that continued without key members and were still great IMHO. Off the top of my head - AC/DC with Brian Johnson, Alice in Chains after Layne Staley died, Pink Floyd after Waters left, and Metallica after Cliff Burton died.
I think it's different with Rush though, after 40+ years of the same three guys and they're pushing 70 years old, it would feel (to me) like a dishonor to Neil if they tried to even do a tour with someone else on drums.
JTV - Fleetwood Mac also without Christine McVie. I for one personally always felt that Stevie Nicks, although was eye candy, was very over rated as a vocalist. I never saw why people thought she was so great. No vocal range what-so-ever. Listening to her was like listening to my chemistry teacher in high school. Although Adam Levine thinks she was the greatest vocalist of all time. But then, Maroon 5 never tripped my trigger either.
I love Christine McVie's voice. I'm also a Stevie Nicks fan. Neither of them were there the one and only time I saw Fleetwood Mac. I did not know that would be the case until the show started. Saving grace was Pat Benatar played first, and REO also played.
I once went to see Jefferson Airplane and Grace Slike has done something to her vocal chords and couldn't perform...so out came a band named "Hot Tuna". They rocked the house! I liked both Pat Benatar and REO. In fact, my band I had in Alabama used to play Riding The Storm Out. If you're a Leatherwaller too, should rock the boat and mention "Hey Baby" - Ted Nugent. LOL!