Legendary Rush drummer, Neil Peart has died at age 67
Neil Peart, legendary drummer from the Canadian prog rock group Rush, has died at age 67. The news was confirmed earlier today by a representative for the band, and for the Peart family. Peart passed away two days ago in Santa Monica, California where he was battling brain cancer.
Peart's role in Rush was vital, not only carrying the back end of the band but also contributing as the band's primary lyricist. His style was a groundbreaking approach to rock n' roll and filtered its way into the minds of many drummers for years to come. You can still hear Peart's influence today, through drummers like Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters and Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Rush retired from touring in 2015 but was still actively involved in releasing many Rush reissues, concert films and more.