Rock Icon Neil Peart Passes At Age 67

Pure mastery – there really is no other way to describe the career of Neil Peart – drummer and lyricist for RUSH – the amazing power trio from Canada.

I first heard Peart in the basement of a friend’s house in the late ’70s. 2112 had just been released and it was unlike anything any of us had ever heard. The precision, the power – the artistry – you knew that this band was something special – these three men were something special.

Thus began my love affair with not just the music of RUSH – but the musicianship of Neil Peart. From that point on all I could do was sit back and watch slackjawed as this band – and Peart continually pushed the boundaries of what rock music was.

The amount of time that my friends and I spent air drumming to the stylings of Neil Peart is not measured in hours – but in days – possibly weeks – alright, years.

The world lost a true visionary when Neil Peart left this world on Jan. 7th after a 3 year battle with brain cancer.

Dave Dreher
Co-Founder / Lead News Reporter at Gruesome Magazine
Dave is co-founder and lead news reporter for Gruesome. Dave has built his resume working for Diabolique Magazine, The Horror Channel,, House of Horrors and Creature Corner. He has worked with Tom Savini on his official site since 1997 and is also co-host of the popular podcast Horror News Radio.