Neil Peart, the brilliant drummer and lyricist for prog rock icons Rush, has sadly died at the age of 67.
Peart passed away on Tuesday, January 7th, in Santa Monica, California after losing his long battle with 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 bandmate 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.
As part of the legendary progressive rock outfit, Peart and the Canadian icons Rush became synonymous with the pursuit of musical perfection and was widely regarded as one of the finest drummers the world has ever seen.
Peart retired from professional drumming in 2015 when he left Rush after 19 studio albums. He was a sensational drummer and songwriter and will be sorely missed by all those who loved him.
Tributes have been pouring in for Peart, most notably from Metallica’s Ulrich who 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!”