Rush Drummer and Lyricist Neil Peart Dies at 67

Rush Drummer and Lyricist Neil Peart Dies at 67

Tony Sokol

Jan 10, 2020

There may be unrest within the forest. Rush says Farewell to a King as prog rhythm grasp Neil Peart takes the beat outdoors the gilded cage.

Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist for the Canadian rock band Rush, died in Santa Monica, Calif., in response to Selection. He was 67. Peart was recognized with mind most cancers three years in the past, however hadn’t made it public.

“It’s with damaged hearts and the deepest unhappiness that we should share the horrible information that on Tuesday our pal, soul brother and bandmate of over 45 years, Neil, has misplaced his extremely courageous three and a half yr battle with mind most cancers,” Rush posted to their official Twitter web page.

Peart was one of the crucial influential and experimental drummers in rock, mixing components of jazz and Gene Kupra-style massive band with out dropping the rocking spirit of The Who’s Keith Moon or Cream’s Ginger Baker.  He laid down intricate patterns to Rush’s altering rhythms on an enormous set. His lyrics informed dystopian science fiction tales by the objectivist lens of Ayn Rand individualism.

Neal Peart was born on Sept. 12, 1952, grew up on his household’s farm in Hagersville, Ontario. He ditched piano classes for chopsticks, which he banged round the home till his mother and father purchased him drum sticks, a observe drum and drum classes at age 13. He studied underneath Don George on the Peninsula Conservatory of Music when he was 14. His made his stage debut on the college’s Christmas pageant and he performed his first solo at Lakeport Excessive College with the band The Everlasting Triangle.

Peart moved to London when he was 18 to pursue a profession as knowledgeable musician. He performed in a couple of bands and did some studio session work whereas promoting jewellery at a store on Carnaby Road. When nothing panned out he returned to Canada and offered tractor elements at Dalziel Tools together with his father,

Peart auditioned to switch John Rutsey in Rush in July of 1974. The rock trio, which included Geddy Lee on bass, vocals and keyboards, and Alex Lifeson on guitar, shaped in 1968 and have been about to document their second album, Fly By Evening. Peart wrote many of the lyrics and his intricate beats modified the sound of the band. Fly by Evening, which got here out in 1975, received Rush the Juno Award for many promising new act. Their subsequent album Caress of Metal didn’t do as nicely and was torn aside by reviewers. The tour supporting the album was nicknamed “Down the Tubes Tour.”

Peart slammed again on the rock critics with the title track of the 1976 album 2112, which broke the band in the USA. The tour for the album culminated with a three-night run at Toronto’s Massey Corridor. Rush’s subsequent two albums, A Farewell to Kings (1977) and Hemispheres (1978), have been recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales and moved the band into the prog rock stratosphere. Peart threw in a reggae upbeat for the 1980 album Everlasting Waves, because the band additional expanded their fashion in a nod to the occasions. The album included shorter, radio-friendly songs like “The Spirit of Radio” and “Freewill.” Everlasting Waves grow to be Rush’s first Prime 5 album in the USA.

Rush’s 1982 album Alerts added synthesizers to the band’s arsenal, whereas Peart continued to discover reggae and ska rhythms, and take pleasure in funk. The album spawned “New World Man,” the one single from the band to make the American top-40 pop charts. Energy Home windows (1985) and Maintain Your Fireplace (1987) continued to characteristic Lee’s multi-layered synthesizer work. Presto (1989) and Roll the Bones (1991) introduced the guitar again to the forefront, at the same time as they allowed the band to additional discover funk and blend in somewhat hip hop.

On Aug. 10, 1997, quickly after the band’s Take a look at for Echo Tour ended, Peart’s 19-year-old daughter, Selena, died in a automobile accident driving her college in Toronto. 5 months later, Peart’s common-law spouse Jackie was recognized with terminal most cancers and died in June 1998. The band took a five-year hiatus. Peart travelled throughout North America on his BMW bike, and turned the journey into the ebook Ghost Rider: Travels on the Therapeutic Street. He remarried in 2000 to photographer Carrie Nuttall.

The band reunited to put in writing and document the Vapor Trails album in Toronto. The album got here out in and in Might 2002 and was the primary Rush studio album in 27 years to not embrace keyboards or synthesizers. Ther remaining studio album Clockwork Angels was launched on June 12, 2012 on Roadrunner Data. Rush retired from touring in 2015.

Peart was inducted into the Fashionable Drummer Corridor of Fame in 1983. In keeping with the RIAA, Rush is third behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for probably the most consecutive gold or platinum albums by a rock band. Rush was inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame On April 18, 2013.

Neil Peart is survived by his spouse, Carrie, and their daughter, Olivia Louise Peart. The band advised anybody wishing to specific their condolences ought to make a donation to a most cancers analysis group or charity in Peart’s title.

Tradition Editor Tony Sokol reduce his tooth on the wire companies and in addition wrote and produced New York Metropolis’s Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFK. Learn extra of his work right here or discover him on Twitter @tsokol.

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