Dave Grohl writes heartfelt tribute to Rush drummer Neil Peart
Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl, has written a tribute to the late Rush member Neil Peart.
Peart, who retired from professional drumming in 2015 when he left Rush after 19 studio albums, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 67 after losing his battle to cancer.
“It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the terrible news that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother and band mate of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three and a half year battle with brain cancer,” a statement from the band read.
Peart, who started playing the drums at the age of 13, is regarded by many as one of the most technically gifted drummers of all time. Acting as lyricist alongside his drumming duties, Peart contributed hugely to the huge record sales that leave the band third only to The Beatles and Rolling Stones for most consecutive gold or platinum albums by a rock band.
Remembering his talents, Dave Grohl described Peart as a “kind, thoughtful, brilliant man” while paying homage to his impact on rock music, “Today, the world lost a true giant in the history of rock & roll. An inspiration to millions with an unmistakable sound who spawned generations of musicians (like myself) to pick up two sticks and chase a dream,” Grohl wrote. “A kind, thoughtful, brilliant man who ruled our radios and turntables not only with his drumming, but also his beautiful words.
“I still vividly remember my first listen of ‘2112’ when I was young. It was the first time I really listened to a drummer. And since that day, music has never been the same. His power, precision, and composition was incomparable. He was called ‘The Professor’ for a reason: We all learned from him.
“Thank you, Neil for making our lives a better place with your music. You will be forever remembered and sorely missed by all of us. And my heartfelt condolences to the Rush family.