Metallica share live tribute to Rush’s Neil Peart with a cover of ‘Tom Sawyer’
The world continues to mourn the tragic loss of Neil Peart, the legendary drummer and lyricist behind Canada’s prog-rock legends Rush. As you’d expect the tributes continue to pour in.
The latest though is certainly something Peart would’ve enjoyed. A live cover of Rush’s 1981 song, the Moving Pictures cut, ‘Tom Sawyer’ played by none other than metal legends Metallica.
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 brain 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 incredible talents, Metallica’s Ulrich took to social media to pay tribute: “Thank you Neil,” he wrote on Instagram. “Thank you for inspiring me and for all your help and advice along the way, especially in the early days when you took the time to talk to a young green Danish drummer about recording, gear and the possibilities that lay ahead…”
Ulrich continued: “Thank you for what you did for drummers all over the world with your passion, your approach, your principles and your unwavering commitment to the instrument!”
But the band in its entirety had a little more to say on the matter. Metallica shared a video yesterday which showed them performing a live cover of Rush’s ‘Tom Sawyer’ with the simple caption of “Rest In Peace, Neil…”