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Neil Peart

Discussion in 'In Memorium' started by Chitmo, Jan 10, 2020.

  1. Chitmo

    Chitmo Gold Member

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  2. greco

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    Just heard this on the radio. Shocked!
    I had not heard that he was ill.
    RIP Mr. Peart
    Thanks for all the wonderful drumming, music, lyrics and books.
     
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  3. King Loudness

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    R.I.P, dude. Had the pleasure of seeing RUSH live twice before they called it. Canadian treasures, and Neil was always such an inspiration. His unique sense of direction, his ability to connect to the common man, and the respect he had for staying grounded and humble throughout his career... they all point to that of a true genius. Never mind his ability as a rhythmic force and as a poet... damn.

    W.
     
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    How do you talk about an icon? Loved the band, loved the lyrics, loved the performances. Thank you, thank you, thank you Ghost Rider. Peace

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  5. rollingdam

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    Brain Cancer RIP Neil
     
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  7. Chito

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    Still young. Screw cancer. :( RIP Neil.
     
  8. mhammer

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    This week just keeps getting better and better, eh? Jeez. I have Neil's book about his motorcycle travels downstairs. I'll have to bring it up and take a peek through it.
    Once upon a time, our rock icons would die from overdoses or the famous self-inflicted-gunshot-wound. More and more , when you hear one of your musical heroes has died, you feel compelled to ask "So what kind of cancer was it?". I guess rock is getting old.
    Neil's first wife died from cancer, not that long after their 19 year-old daughter was killed in a car accident. The man had a tough life. I guess it's a testament to the healing power of music...and maybe motorcycles. If you're feeling generous and looking for charities to support, remember Neil and Gord.
    I'm just 2 months older than him. It's a weird feeling when you see obits for people the exact same age as oneself.
     
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  9. davetcan

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    God Dammit that's a shocker. He was just a month older than me :(

    RIP. Amazing drummer and lyricist.
     
  10. dgreen

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    My very first concert as a 16 year old, 1976 at the pacific coliseum in Vancouver, RUSH was on tap. Drove 100 km's in with two friends in a 72' volkswagon beetle. What a memory that was. I had never heard a drummer in a rock band that was so articulate to my ears.

    They still are (imo) the greatest canadian rock band ever, thanks for your special style that has always been a big influence to many bands all over the world

    rock and roll and intellect do go hand in hand
     
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  11. marcos

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    Very sad day for music.
     
  12. JBFairthorne

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    NOOOOooooooooooo!

    I love all sorts of music, bands and songs but there are only enough fingers on one hand to count the bands that were the soundtrack to certain periods of my life. Rush was one of them. I remember fondly lying on the floor in our unfinished basement on a dirty old rug, the old ratty sofa that was no longer worthy of being upstairs, my old record player with the speakers to the side, listening to 2112, Fly By Night, Caress Of Steel, A Farewell To Kings, Moving Pictures...over and over and over again looking at the album covers and reading the lyrics for the thousandth time.

    There are still some of those songs that take me right back to that place and time or make me think of people I haven’t thought of in ages. I can even remember the smells.

    I rarely post in these memoriam threads but I just couldn’t let this one pass by.

    Neil, thank you SO much for all those memorable lyrics and drum rolls that when they came around, everyone stops what they’re doing and plays the air drums for a few seconds and then goes back about their business. You made MY world a much more enjoyable place.

    I’m out of words...and it still doesn’t seem to be enough....

    Rock on!!!! (without joint pain).
     
  13. greco

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    I just heard that he had been diagnosed with cancer ~3 1/2 years ago (CBC News).
     
  14. Dorian2

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    Rest in Peace Neil. You were one of my biggest musical influences and heroes.
     
  15. mhammer

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    Not that mentions in the American press should be the barometer of importance, but I was surprised to see Peart's passing among the headlines on the NY Times website.
     

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