Two Years Without Neil Peart

Two Years Without Neil Peart

Drummer and lyricist Neil Peart (1952 - 2020) of Canadian progressive rock group, Rush, soundchecking at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, Illinois, 20th May 1977. The concert is part of the band's All The World's A Stage tour. (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns/Getty Images)

Photo by Fin Costello/Getty Images

Exactly two years ago from today, we experienced one of the worst losses in rock ‘n’ roll when Neil Peart passed away of brain cancer. Considered one of the greatest drummers of all time, Peart’s extraordinary technical skill he brought into Rush’s music is often imitated, but never duplicated. Nicknamed “The Professor,” Peart set a new standard for rock drumming that continued to expand throughout his career that spanned close to five decades. He also became the primary lyricist for the Canadian band when he joined in 1974.

Peart’s pounding drum solos, along with who he was as a person, are so missed. We will always remember him through the music.

Watch Neil Peart perform with Rush live at Capitol Theatre in 1976 here:


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