The music industry, and rock and roll fans, are mourning the loss of a major inspirational musician today. Neil Peart, the legendary drummer of the prog-rock band Rush, passed away on Tuesday after years battling with brain cancer. Peart's friends and family kept the information private for a few days, choosing to reveal the sad news today.
Since the news of Peart's death broke, many have been expressing their sadness over this loss, explaining just what Peart meant to them.
Love And Loss
Among the famous names that shared in the public mourning of the iconic drummer, were film and TV director and actor Kevin Smith and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Peart, and the band Rush, were from Canada.
Fellow Canadian singer and songwriter Paul Anka also took to Twitter to applaud Peart's "contributions to music." The "Put Your Head On My Shoulder" singer praised Peart as an inspiration and promised the inspirational drummer would continue to be remembered for generations to come.
Dave Grohl Mourns An Idol
Foo Fighters and Nirvana member Dave Grohl published a statement addressing Peart's death in Rolling Stone magazine. The Foo Fighters revealed how much of an influence Peart had on their careers, especially Grohl's.
Grohl attributed his career as a drummer to being a fan of Peart, saying he had heard Rush's album 2112 and immediately knew he had to become a drummer. Grohl also praised Peart's lyrics stating, "A kind, thoughtful, brilliant man who ruled our radios and turntables not only with his drumming but also his beautiful words"
Meeting Your Heroes
Grohl had the honor of performing with his musical inspiration in the past. When Rush was finally inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2013. The Canadian prog-rock band was inducted by Grohl and fellow Foo Fighters member Taylor Hawkins.
Grohl and Hawkins donned costumes emulating the band in the 1970s. The ensembles consisted of kimonos, wigs, and platform shoes. Grohl joked with Rolling Stone magazine, pointing out how difficult it was to play with his heroes while wearing the shoes.
A Sad Goodbye
In 2015, the members of Rush announced what they planned to be their final major tour, doubling as a 40th-anniversary celebration of their longterm musical careers.
Despite still wanting to tour at the time, bassist Geddy Lee insisted that the trio would never make a decision without each other. At the time, Guitarist Alex Lifeson was suffering from arthritis, making performances difficult and uncomfortable. Peart had stated that a concert lasting three years was too much for his body to handle.