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Damn, I had no idea.  

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The last show was in 2015 and the article says Neil was battling brain cancer for the last three years.  So the retirement and brain cancer were separate events. 

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Had no clue he was ill. 

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My brother just texted me this a couple of minutes ago. 

Damn...

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Wow. This really sucks. He is, and will probably always be, my favorite drummer. I'm also a big scifi fan, so his lyrics REALLY hit a chord with me.

Three years against brain cancer, that's got to suck. My favorite custom trombone mouthpiece maker also passed from that.  Usually it's pretty fast, but that explains why he's been out of the Limelight for the past few years.

Time to put on the Rush when I get home.

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There goes the reunion tour.

Rest in peace, Neil. Your music touched me in ways that few seldom do.

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Damn.

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Wow, I'm not a drummer, he was the only guy I ever spent significant time trying to nail his songs on my air drum kit.  I'll bet I'm not alone....

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Well, I never really got into the music of RUSH, but their music never sounded dated to me. 67 is far too early to pass away.

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At 16, I was introduced to Rush via 'All The World's A Stage'. I really love the very early Rush. This sucks big time.

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67 is too young.  My mother and one of her sisters both died at that age. I'm glad that he was able to have a little bit of that time with his family that he clearly wanted.  

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Neil will be missed by many. My first exposure to Rush, was when I first bought Fly By Night, then 2112 when it came out, and I was forever hooked. I knew they were special, but especially the drumming. I bought my third Rush album when it came out, All the World's a Stage. Neil's drumming blew me away on 2112, but what I was hearing on their new live album,  I never heard anything like it before. That extended drum solo on that first live album, left me speechless. I played it over and over and over. It's still fresh to listen to. I still have it. It's 44 years old!

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Very sad news.  A good friend of mine, a fellow guitarist, died The same way at 38.  Watching him go was heartbreaking.

The candle that burns twice as bright...

RIP Neil Peart and thank you for the music.

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                                               I just saw that myself.....................love the band saw them many times and they were awesome. Neil was not only a brilliant drummer but he was also brilliant man in general. RIP!:(

 

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Some of the previous posts indicate that his battle wasn't public knowledge. Was there ever any announcement about his malady before he died? Some folks choose to fight such afflictions in private, and my perception is that was the situation here.

When I first saw an online headline about his death a few minutes ago, the first Rush musical riff that flashed into my mind was the instrumental passage in the middle of "Time Stand Still." There weren't any fancy, jaw-dropping drum riffs or guitar shredding; there was just a pounding, straight-forward beat, with an abrupt portion chopped off at the end of each measure, which Peart and the rest of the band carried off with aplomb. It's probably technically harder to accomplish than it may seem, but it's impressive without seeming to come across as showing off. There's probably some percussion term for such a musical styling.

Here's the link; the part I'm referring to starts around 3:10. Gawd, what a great song. Got both goose bumps and tears in my eyes when I pulled it up just now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMSFqXGZ5TQ

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RIP Neil, The first time I heard Fly By Night I had to buy the album!! They lost me with the synth stuff but when they where touring the midwest after Working Man I hit every concert I could!! Just blown away by such a huge sound from a 3 pce band!!

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Played Passage to Bangkok in the my first band.  It was new!  God bless him and his family.  Cancer sucks.

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Cancer sucks indeed. RIP, Mr. Peart.

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Oh my, this is awful.   I had no idea he was ill.  I saw Rush twice and they were awesome and made a huge sound for just three guys.

RIP Neil Peart.

 

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Neil’s lyrics were always overshadowed by his drumming, when they were on par or better in many instances.  

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