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1 hour ago, Willie G. Moseley said:

Was there ever any announcement about his malady before he died?

No.  Heck, he died three days ago and we're only just now seeing it in the news.  

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18 minutes ago, cynic said:

No.  Heck, he died three days ago and we're only just now seeing it in the news.  

Interesting, as I was surfing the YouTubes last night and came across their recent “cover” of 2112 (below) *and* Time Stands Still, watched them both (big Rush and huge Aimee Mann fan) last night. 

 

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So sad to hear.  I am glad I got to see Rush live (4 times), and it was always a fantastic show.

This one hits hard, especially having somebody close to me suffering with a Grade 4 Glioblastoma...same thing that killed Neil.  :(

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He was a private Public person might be the best way to describe Neil Peart! Man, I dug that guy's angle on playing music. R.I.P. Mr. Peart! Thanks for the memories!

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1 hour ago, cynic said:

No.  Heck, he died three days ago and we're only just now seeing it in the news.  

Yeah, he was an intensely private person even to the end. He faced so much personal tragedy in the past couple of decades... I cannot even imagine. I'm just devastated. 

RIP Neil.

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3 hours ago, Studio Custom said:

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

Exactly.  Most Rush fans don't even know Peart was the real lyricist.  

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"Experience slips away"

I always thought it was remarkable that such a naturally talented but fiercely disciplined drummer was intellectually stimulated by Ayn Rand. I think most musicians would have been just as inspired by his dedication to his craft as by his ability. And he wrote the main lyrics that defined Rush's cerebral rock image! Dude was a professor.

Worked his way to the very pinnacle of success in his field and persevered the loss of his daughter (then his only child) and wife in the same year?

His life was a chronicle. Like cmatthes said, glad to have seen them many times on those early tours. "2112" is one of the greatest live opening numbers ever staged IMO.

 

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8 hours ago, The Shark said:

Exactly.  Most Rush fans don't even know Peart was the real lyricist.  

I think most Rush fans knew Neal wrote the lyrics.  I had conversations with Rush fans that were an intellectual step above fans of other bands.  Seriously, the conversations were about books, science, and music other than hard rock.  Rush was a band with an audience that paid attention to details. 

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Thanks for posting that, Steve. Holy sh!t.

 

 

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^^^^The opening medley at that Frankfurt show is an absolute jaw-dropper, even by Rush's strident musical standards. So help me, it looks like it was staged inside a zeppelin hangar.

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This makes me really sad. I saw Rush once. One of the best gigs I've ever seen. I wanted it to never end, and it was a long show as it was. 

Pearts lyrics took me through some tough times when I was a teenager. I started to listen to Rush with All The Worlds A stage and the earlier stuff. But it was Power Windows and Hold Your Fire that were the most important albums to me at the time. Perhaps because I bought them when they came out. They were not "old" records at the time. Grace Under Preassure also made a big impact then, due to it's apocalyptic soundscape and dark futuristic lyrics.

Great great great drummer, one of the most technically  skilled ever. I would not use the word "groovy" and Neil Peart in the same scentence. But he had such feel in his drumming, such musicality. He tought me a lot about listening to music. And as a lyricist he always wrote from the heart. Honest, thoughtful. Sometimes a bit goofy, but still great. My teenage dreams were fueled by those lyrics. And when I read Ghostrider I think my eyes teared more than once, such a tough thing to go through. Losing your child and then your spouce. He lived a great life for sure. But also had to see a lot of tragedies. And then to get brain cancer at past 60. When all he should be doing was to sit back, enjoy life with his wife and children and get older with grace.

 

 

This is a great watch. Not much Neil innit. But what a cool show. Alex just rips on that 335. 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Steve Haynie said:

I think most Rush fans knew Neal wrote the lyrics.  I had conversations with Rush fans that were an intellectual step above fans of other bands.  Seriously, the conversations were about books, science, and music other than hard rock.  Rush was a band with an audience that paid attention to details. 

I'm talking about the casual fan that knows all the hits and maybe seen them live once or twice.  

Not sure listening to any band puts you "an intellectual step above" anyone.  Trust me, some of my least intellectual friends loved Rush!

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Loved Rush!  Neil Peart was our drummers favorite.  We learned a few of their songs, Spirit of the Radio, Limelight,  Digital Man, FreeWill, Beneath Between and Behind, and butchered many more trying to learn them.   Brian spent hours playing along with Rush on his drums.

RIP to one of the very best.

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I'm sorry to hear of this, I only hope he has found peace. Thank you for the music, sir. 

 

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So sad to hear this new's. I am listening to Rush on random play and reading a book in Mr Peart's honor.  

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11 hours ago, Steve Haynie said:

 Rush was a band with an audience that paid attention to details. 

Rush was also a band with an audience that had plenty of available space in the women's restrooms at their concert too, let's face it

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They joked about that in one of their videos, maybe one of the "back stage" videos shown before the encores or after the show. 

"I saw three, maybe four girls in the audience tonight." 

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Im still in shock by this news, he was one of the best drummers ever to walk the earth

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I fall into the "Big Rush Fan" camp. (50+ shows, can play most of it while watching the news, blah blah blah)

Since the news broke I have been contacted by at least 10 people from my distant past (think 30+ years since any contact) making sure I am OK, but mostly thanking me

for our shared love of the band-reminiscing about shows or trying to learn crazy songs that were way above our ability at the time or just getting stoned in the woods with a boom box.

That is what Rush is about.

For me, It's like losing the best teacher I ever had, except that instead of one semester or school year the learning has continued for 39 years-from the point I figured out what I was getting out of the relationship until now and will likely continue. The guy set a nearly impossible standard for self-improvement, intellectual curiosity, and finding a way to bounce back from some of the most horrible personal stuff imaginable.

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My brother had a musician friend.   He was a high school senior already making good money playing weddings.   He was one of those guys who looked 25 even tho he was a senior.    Heck maybe he was 25.    But...  Since I was just starting guitar he was like a god to me.  he turned my brother onto rush and every day after school. My eardrums would be bashed but 2112.      My brother once tried to explain the concept.    Some dude finds a guitar. Starts strumming and a minute later they’re playing a magnum opus.    I was like. That’s really fruity.     But as soon as he left for the military.   I took all his zeppelin. Rush and the first nugent album and ended up digging it. Definitely got me started on a cool lifelong hobby.      My local suburban rock station (Rock 101) has been playing the same ac-dc and rush rock blocks for 39 years.   Which I find nuts .  But it speaks to how much they connect with people.    

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