NEIL PEART – Forever Remembered

Written by David Halbe

Although the loss of Neil Peart is great, we must remember his influence lives on anytime a student of his craft picks up a pair of drumsticks and plays.

Neil Peart was a great drummer, many think he was the best ever. Thousands of percussionists around the world cite him as a major influence. His impact on the masses is truly immeasurable.

Rush is a pioneering act that broke the mold. Active from 1968 to 2018, the band spent it’s lifetime making quality music. Neil Peart as drummer and primary lyricist played a huge part in the band’s success. Before the internet or MTV there was word of mouth and Rush seemed to be on everybody’s lips. Back in the day, you knew the members of a band by name and Rush’s Neil Peart was definitely one of them.

I’ll be the first to admit my life with Rush was short lived. By the time I was old enough to appreciate their progressive artistry, the band was considered past it’s prime. I wish I could have experienced their heyday when their sound was cutting edge. I can only imagine the impact of such a dynamic performance when it was first unveiled.

My favorite albums by Rush are: Fly By Night, Moving Pictures and of course 2112. I’m sad to say, I’ve only seen them once live and that was on the Hold Your Fire tour back in 1987. I might not be the biggest Rush fan but that doesn’t change their impact for me.

Rush was trend setting. The progressive style they unleashed set the standard for many bands to come.

Although the loss of Neil Peart is great, we must remember his influence lives on anytime a student of his craft picks up a pair of drumsticks and plays. \m/

Rush are:

  • Alex Lifeson – Guitars
  • Geddy Lee – Vocals, Bass
  • Neil Peart – Drums
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