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Neil Peart


Neil Peart (September 12, 1952 – January 7, 2020) was born near Hagersville, Ontario. As the drummer and lyricist for the Canadian rock band Rush, Neil helped them become the most successful band from Canada, having played together for over 40 years, and selling over 24.5 million records (U.S.).

Over the years, Rush developed their own style of Progressive Rock, weavingtogether heavy metal, art rock, reggae, new wave, pop, grunge, and classicalstyles with thoughtful lyrics. The result has been 23 diverse albums, successful tours, and a loyal fan base. Peart was known for his creative and intricate drum parts and extensive drum solos that delighted both drummers and non-drummers alike.

He won many reader's poll awards from Modern Drummer, including 12 consecutive "best recorded performance" awards. In 1996, Peart became an Officer of The Order of Canada, the highest civilian decoration in Canada. In September 2000, Neil returned to Rush, and the band produced the critically-acclaimed Vapor Trails CD and subsequent tour, taking them to Mexico and South America for the first time. The final show in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, became the multi-platinum DVD Rush in Rio.

Rush toured again in 2004 as part of their 30th Anniversary celebration, and released a CD of Sixties cover songs, Feedback, to mark the occasion. After the tour, they released Rush - R30 - 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, a live concert from Frankfurt Germany. On May 1, 2007, Rush released their twenty-third album Snakes & Arrows. In addition to his job as a musician, Peart wrote four non-fiction books, The Masked Rider, Ghost Rider, Traveling Music: The Soundtrack to My Life and Times, and Roadshow : Landscape WithDrums: A Concert Tour by Motorcycle. Ghost Rider was nominated for a Canadian Literary award in 2003.

He also wrote many articles for Modern Drummer and other magazines. In all, his books sold over 100,000 copies. Essential Rush recordings include: Flyby Night (1974), 2112 (1976), Permanent Waves (1980), Moving Pictures (1981), Exit... Stage Left (1982), Grace Under Pressure (1984), Power Windows (1985), Roll the Bones (1991), Counterparts (1993), and Vapor Trails(2002).