Neil Peart Dies: Longtime Rush Drummer And Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Was 67

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Neil Peart Dies: Longtime Rush Drummer And Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Was 67
Neil Peart, whose drum theatrics and iconoclastic lyrics fueled the Canadian rock trio Rush to international fame, died Tuesday in Santa Monica after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 67. His longtime bandmates Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson confirmed the news today on social media.

Neil Peart September 12, 1952 – January 7, 2020 pic.twitter.com/NivX2RhiB8

— Rush (@rushtheband) January 10, 2020

Ontario native Peart wrote the lyrics to most of Rush’s songs and is widely considered among the greatest drummers in rock ‘n’ roll history. Known for his wild fills, massive drum kit and steely onstage demeanor. “The Professor” joined bassist Lee and guitarist Lifeson in Rush after its first album in 1974, and the band would go one to sell millions of records worldwide. He retired from the group weeks after it played its final show on August 1, 2015, at the Forum near Los Angeles, capping its 40th anniversary tour.

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