The Beat Behind Rush is Gone. Neil Peart Dead at 67

SANTA MONICA, Ca. — Neil Peart, the gifted drummer and lyricist for Rush, died Friday according to a family spokesman. Peart was 67.

In 1974, Peart replaced a drummer and joined Getty Lee and Alex Lifeson in the Canadian band.  The trio would go on to international stardom with such albums as 2112, Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures, and Roll the Bones. The band sold millions of records and developed a massive and loyal fan base.

The band confirmed Peart’s death on Twitter saying he had been battling glioblastoma for three and a half years.  THey asked fans to honor their friend by donating to cancer research or a charity in Peart’s name.

Peart is survived by his wife, Carrie and his daughter, Olivia Louise.

In 2013, Rush was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Peart was inducted in to the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1983. 

In addition to his drumming, Peart was celebrated for his songwriting.  He said he was influenced by science fiction, philosophy, and classic literature.  Peart announced in 2015 that he was retiring from professional music after the band’s R40 Live Tour.  

Condolences from around the music world poured in with the announcement of his death.