Remembering Rush Drummer Extraordinaire Neil Peart

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

Neil Peart at the drums where few in the world of music could match him

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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One response to “Remembering Rush Drummer Extraordinaire Neil Peart

  1. That was a fairly short solo for Neil who often went over eight minutes in addition to playing an entire concert and he often incorporated even more styles and percussion instruments in his solos than in this video. Drum solos can be very boring but his never were. He was a rhythmic and technical master and many considered him the BEST rock drummer in the world. You need stamina to play like that yet he did even though he suffered from arthritis and tendonitis.

    He also suffered tragedies, losing his daughter in a car accident and his wife to cancer. He hit the road on his motorcycle for long periods and often rode his bike between concert venues as therapy to deal with his grief and reassess life. The result was a book called “Ghost Rider” about overcoming tragedy and learning to live again. He was extremely well read, funny and intelligent and that came out in the lyrics he wrote for Rush.
    Canada should be very proud.

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