Paul Rudd and Jason Segel pay tribute to the legendary Rush drummer, Neil Peart
As the world still comes to terms with a world without the legendary drummer and lyricist for Rush, Neil Peart, following his sad passing last week, tributes have continued to pour in.
The lastest tributes are that of Hollywood stars Jason Segel and Paul Rudd who, as well as being Rush superfans, worked with Peart and the rest of the band in their 2009 film I Love You, Man.
The drummer is largely regarded as one of the best drummers in the world (coincidentally, that is also a line Rudd used in the sit-com ‘Freaks and Geeks’ from some time ago), and has therefore seen a plethora of stars’ tributes roll in.
While Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and Dave Grohl have both paid tribute to the drummer, the Hollywood stars also shred this statement with Rolling Stone having admired and worked with Peart.
“When I first met Neil, I was intimidated as I certainly knew him to be a serious and private person,” said Rudd. “Within two minutes, we were cracking up and quoting lines from ‘Team America’. I’m missing him as I write this. Being the greatest drummer on the planet was only a part of Neil. He was a thunderbolt of a human being, and he’ll live forever.”
Segel added: “I’m so sad to hear about Neil Peart’s passing. Drumming to ‘The Spirit of Radio’ was one of my happiest moments. Getting to know Neil even the tiniest bit, and gush with Rudd about our love for Rush, will be something I remember forever. He was an amazing talent and a good man. We will miss you, Neil.”
In the 2009 film, I Love You, Man Rudd and Segel take on the roles of Rush superfans with Peart and the rest of the band enjoying cameos.