Tag: Neil Peart

In Memoriam: Neil Peart (1952 – 2020)

Neil PeartNeil Ellwood Peart, OC (September 12, 1952 – January 7, 2020) was a Canadian musician and writer best known as the drummer and primary lyricist of the rock band Rush. Peart received numerous awards for his musical performances, including an induction into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1983, making him the youngest person ever so honoured. His drumming was renowned for its technical proficiency, and his live performances for their exacting nature and stamina.

Peart grew up in Port Dalhousie, Ontario, (now part of St. Catharines). During adolescence, he floated between regional bands in pursuit of a career as a full-time drummer. After a discouraging stint in England to concentrate on his music, Peart returned home, where he joined Rush, a Toronto band, in mid-1974.

Early in his career, Peart’s performance style was deeply rooted in hard rock. He drew most of his inspiration from drummers such as Keith Moon and John Bonham, players who were at the forefront of the British hard rock scene. As time passed, he began to emulate jazz and big band musicians Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. In 1994, Peart became a friend and pupil of jazz instructor Freddie Gruber. It was during this time that Peart decided to revamp his playing style by incorporating jazz and swing components.

In addition to serving as Rush’s primary lyricist, Peart also published several memoirs about his travels. His lyrics for Rush addressed universal themes and diverse subjects including science fiction, fantasy, and philosophy, as well as secular, humanitarian, and libertarian themes. Peart wrote a total of seven nonfiction books focused on his travels and personal stories.

On December 7, 2015, Peart announced his retirement from music in an interview with Drumhead Magazine, though bandmate Geddy Lee insisted Peart was quoted out of context, and suggested Peart was “simply taking a break”. However, in January 2018, bandmate Alex Lifeson confirmed that Rush was retiring due to Peart’s health issues. During his last years, Peart lived in Santa Monica, California, with his wife, photographer Carrie Nuttall, and daughter Olivia. After a three year long battle, Peart died of glioblastoma on January 7, 2020, at the age of 67.

Artist Countdown: Rush Top 45 Hits 6pm ET @rushtheband @RadioMax

Rush-BandRush is a Canadian rock band formed in August 1968, in the Willowdale neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario. The band is composed of bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist and backing vocalist Alex Lifeson, and drummer, percussionist and lyricist Neil Peart. The band and its membership went through a number of re-configurations between 1968 and 1974, achieving their current form when Peart replaced original drummer John Rutsey in July 1974, two weeks before the group’s first United States tour.

Since the release of the band’s self-titled debut album in March 1974, Rush has become known for its musicianship, complex compositions, and eclectic lyrical motifs drawing heavily on science fiction, fantasy, and philosophy. Rush’s music style has changed over the years, beginning with blues-inspired heavy metal on their first album, then encompassing hard rock, progressive rock, and a period with heavy use of synthesizers. The band finished the Time Machine Tour in July 2011 and released their latest studio album, Clockwork Angels in June 2012 with a supporting tour that began in September 2012.

Rush has sold 25 million albums in the U.S. for a ranking of 79th. Although total worldwide album sales are not calculated by any single entity, several industry sources estimated Rush’s total worldwide album sales at over 40 million units as of 2004. The group has been awarded 24 gold, 14 platinum, and 3 multi-platinum albums.

Rush has won a number of Juno Awards, was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994, and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. Over their careers, the members of Rush have been acknowledged as some of the most proficient players on their respective instruments, with each band member winning numerous awards in magazine readers’ polls. (Source: Wikipedia)

1 New World Man
2 Tom Sawyer
3 The Spirit of Radio
4 Subdivisions
5 Limelight
6 Roll the Bones
7 The Big Money
8 Time Stand Still
9 Nobody’s Hero
10 Closer to the Heart
11 Dreamline
12 The Body Electric
13 The Pass
14 Ghost of a Chance
15 Show Don’t Tell
16 Cold Fire
17 Caravan
18 Stick It Out
19 Bravado
20 The Analog Kid
21 Superconductor
22 Headlong Flight
23 In the Mood
24 Test for Echo
25 Distant Early Warning
26 Force Ten
27 Mission
28 Marathon
29 Fly by Night
30 Manhattan Project
31 Red Sector A
32 Mystic Rhythms
33 Territories
34 The Anarchist
35 Countdown
36 The Wreckers
37 Vital Signs
38 The Trees
39 BU2B
40 The Weapon
41 Entre Nous
42 Not Fade Away
43 Freewill
44 Finding My Way
45 Making Memories

Artist Countdown: Rush Top 40 Hits 7pm ET (R&R Hall of Fame Inductees – 2013)

Rush-BandRush is a Canadian rock band formed in August 1968, in the Willowdale neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario. The band is composed of bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist and backing vocalist Alex Lifeson, and drummer, percussionist and lyricist Neil Peart. The band and its membership went through a number of re-configurations between 1968 and 1974, achieving their current form when Peart replaced original drummer John Rutsey in July 1974, two weeks before the group’s first United States tour. Rutsey’s departure stemmed primarily from health concerns regarding his diabetes.

Since the release of the band’s self-titled debut album in March 1974, Rush has become known for its musicianship, complex compositions, and eclectic lyrical motifs drawing heavily on science fiction, fantasy, and philosophy. Rush’s music style has changed over the years, beginning with blues-inspired heavy metal on their first album, then encompassing hard rock, progressive rock, and a period with heavy use of synthesizers.

Rush has won a number of Juno Awards, and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994. Over their careers, the members of Rush have been acknowledged as some of the most proficient players on their respective instruments, with each band member winning numerous awards in magazine readers’ polls. As a group, Rush possesses 24 gold records and 14 platinum (3 multi-platinum) records. Rush’s sales statistics place them third behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for the most consecutive gold or platinum studio albums by a rock band. Rush also ranks 79th in U.S. album sales, with 25 million units. Although total worldwide album sales are not calculated by any single entity, as of 2004 several industry sources estimated Rush’s total worldwide album sales at over 40 million units.

The band finished the second leg of the Time Machine Tour in July 2011 and released their latest studio album, Clockwork Angels in June 2012 with a supporting tour that began in September 2012. In December 2012, it was announced that Rush would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

1 New World Man
2 Tom Sawyer
3 Limelight
4 Subdivisions
5 The Spirit of Radio
6 Time Stand Still
7 The Big Money
8 Nobody’s Hero
9 The Body Electric
10 Closer to the Heart
11 The Pass
12 Ghost of a Chance
13 Show Don’t Tell
14 Cold Fire
15 Roll the Bones
16 Stick It Out
17 Bravado
18 Superconductor
19 Headlong Flight
20 In the Mood
21 Dreamline
22 Test for Echo
23 Distant Early Warning
24 Force Ten
25 Marathon
26 Half the World
27 Caravan
28 Manhattan Project
29 One Little Victory
30 Fly by Night
31 Lock and Key
32 The Analog Kid
33 Red Sector A
34 Mystic Rhythms
35 Far Cry
36 Secret Touch
37 Territories
38 Countdown
39 The Wreckers
40 Vital Signs