Monday, 27 January, 2020

Neil Peart Dead: Rush Drummer Was 67

Rush Drummer Neil Peart Dies at 67: Reports Neil Peart Dies: Longtime Rush Drummer And Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Was 67
Ismael Spencer | 11 January, 2020, 00:26

Neil Peart, the drummer for Canadian prog-rock group Rush, died at age 67, according to reports on Friday, triggering an outpouring of condolences on social media. The news was initially confirmed to Rolling Stone by Elliott Mintz, a spokesperson for the Peart family.

In a statement released this afternoon, Peart's Rush bandmates - Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson - called Peart their "friend, soul brother and bandmate over 45 years", and said he had been "incredibly brave" in his battle with cancer. Rush was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

Born in Hamilton, Ont., Peart joined Rush in 1974, after the band's first album, replacing original drummer John Rutsey. They are ranked third, behind the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, for most consecutive gold or platinum albums by a rock band.

US adds more Iran sanctions, confronts doubts about threat
The United States announced on Friday new sanctions on Iran following this week's missile strikes by Tehran on U.S. bases in Iraq. Tehran agreed to roll back parts of its nuclear weapons program in exchange for decreased economic sanctions.

Neil announced his retirement from the band in 2015 - he'd been battling chronic pain, like tendonitis.

Peart married photographer Carrie Nuttall in 2000 and returned to Rush the following year.

Neil Peart's influence on modern drumming in all aspects of heavy music can never be understated and his name will forever be synonymous with the title of "legend".

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