He Grew Up in Port Dalhousie, Niagara and went on to become a brilliant song lyricist and one of the highest-ranked drummers in the history of popular music
Drummer, Song Lyricist, Book Author and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Neil Peart Died January 7th, 2020 at Age 67
A Brief Tribute from one of Neil Peart’s big fans, Samuel McAdorey
Posted January 12th, 2020 on Niagara At Large
In the 2003 film School Of Rock, Jack Black’s character Dewey Finn finagled his way into a job as a private school teacher.
Finding that some of his students had real musical talent, Finn started moulding them into a rock band. To inspire the drummer, Finn gave him a copy of the album 2112 by Rush, with orders to listen to Neil Peart’s drumming technique.
Such was the stature of Peart, who went from growing up in St. Catharines to becoming the most influential rock drummer of his and following generations. To other drummers he was known as The Professor, in honour of his inventive and intricate drumming style.
To his legions of fans around the world, he showed that drumming was about much more than simply establishing the tempo.
His fills in the music of Rush filled the spaces that lead guitarists normally would fill in other bands, and his song lyrics captured the imagination of so many fans who were looking for more than reminders of the banality of everyday life.
A true visionary has passed.
Rest in Peace, Neil.
Samuel (Uel) McAdorey is a Niagara, Ontario resident and a serious follower of good music who is also a big fan of the band Rush
On the Late Show with David Letterman in 2011, showing the world why he was already ranked by music critics as one of the best drummers in the world –
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