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Tribute gig for Rush drummer Neil Peart announced


A tribute concert in honour of the late Rush drummer Neil Peart has been announced.

Peart, who retired from professional drumming in 2015 when he left Rush after 19 studio albums, passed away last month at the age of 67 after losing his battle to cancer.

The show, which has been planned alongside the venue and Peart’s family, will see a number of different performers and speakers to pay tribute to the drummer.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to charities Overtime Angels, the St Catherines Hospital and Walker Cancer Center, the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre in Hamilton, Ontario and The Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie, Ontario.

“We are especially pleased to be able to support this charity event that will benefit some much-needed organisations that are close to our hearts,” Peart’s parents, Glen and Betty, said in a statement.

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.

His death was confirmed in a statement by the band: “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,” it read.

Tickets for the tribute concert go on sale on Friday, February 28.

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Listen to Peart’s isolated drums on Rush hit ‘Tom Sawyer’ below.