Neil Peart performing in 2015
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Neil Peart, Rush Drummer And Lyricist, Has Died
The prolific percussionist reportedly passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 7 of brain cancer. He had been struggling with the disease for three years, according to a spokesperson for the Peart family. He was 67.
Peart joined the famed prog-rock act in 1974 and is today considered one of the most renowned drummers in rock and roll history. Originally from Ontario, Canada, Peart received armloads of awards for his elaborate performances, including an induction into the Modern Drummer Hall Of Fame in 1983—the youngest person ever to be given that honor.
Rush has been nominated for seven GRAMMY Awards, the first of which was in 1981 for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for the instrumental anthem "YYZ."
Rush's last studio album was Clockwork Angels in 2012, and their final tour wrapped in 2015.
In Jan. 2018, Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson confirmed that Rush was retiring due to Peart's health, telling the Globe And Mail, “We had such a great time on the tour... Neil was prepared to commit to 30 dates and he told us that right from the very beginning. He didn’t even want to do the tour, to be honest with you. It’s been increasingly difficult for him, but he committed to the tour and we got through it. As far as he was concerned, that was the end of touring…his shoulders were hurting, his arms were hurting, his elbows, his feet, everything, He didn’t want to play anything less than 100 percent. He was finding it increasingly difficult to hit that mark on this last tour.”