Neil Peart Tribute

Hailey Wabbersen

Hailey Wabbersen

Mrs. Seltzer

Journalism

March 11, 2020

 

 

Neil Peart Tribute

Neil Peart was the the drummer of the rock band Rush, he passed away January 7th from a three-year battle with brain cancer. Neil lived like a legend while he was doing what he loved. He joined the band in July 29, 1974, which was 16 days before the band’s first US tour. He continued to sell out arenas, make history books, and make every one of his fans proud ever since that day.

Neil was not only the drummer for Rush, but he was also the lyricist. One of his hero’s and idols was Keith Moon from yet another legendary rock band, The Who. Keith Moon was one of the pioneers of drumming. He introduced drums as a key part of a band and not an instrument to just hold a beat. According to The Who website, they claim that “Keith Moon was to the drums what Jimi Hendrix was to the guitar- a complete original”, He was the most influential drummer the rock world has ever seen. Neil payed tribute to each and every one of his idols which also included Ayn Rand.

“His lengthy drum solos, carefully constructed and packed with drama, were highlights of every Rush concert” says Rolling Stone in their tribute article to Neil Peart. His passion for music and ability to execute every piece he worked on was why he was so well respected. When his band mates, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, spoke about him they said he was their “friend, soul brother, and band mate for over 45 years”. Rush stopped touring in 2015 and said the band was no longer going to continue in 2018. Neil died 2 years later.

Neil Peart will not only remain in our hearts but every time we hear his legendary drum solos on the radio or when we spin their vinyl’s, we’ll reminisce on all the good times Rush has brought us. Music is all about perspective and it is individualized among every single person. My perception of Rush is now for Neil, what he not only did for the rock culture but for the community he played for.