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Legendary Rush Drummer Neil Peart Has Died (1952-2020)

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Though the details are just now flowing in and making their way across the news channels, it is with incredible sadness that I share the news that legendary drumming virtuoso, Neil Peart “The Professor” of Progressive Rock and Metal icons Rush has died. Peart was 57 years of age and was taken from us by brain cancer.

While I work to get more details about this horrible news, I am sharing a number of images that were shot from a Rush show back in 2007. Neil was one of my top favorites in the drumming medium and an absolutely incredible lyricist. I hope these images bring some solace in this incredibly sad time and with that said “Ladies and Gentlemen The Professor on the drum kit”…..

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Neil Peart by Ken Pierce (2007)

Rush Statement;
“It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the terrible news that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother and band mat of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three and a half year battle with brain cancer (Glioblastoma). We ask that friends, fans, and media alike understandably respect the family’s need for prvacy and peace at this extremely painful and difficult time. Those whishing to express their condolences can choose a cancer research group or charity of their choice and make a donation in Neil’s name. Rest In peace brother”.
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Rush’s Neil Peart Has Apparently Retired

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The reports started flying around the Interwebs last night based on an essay by the legendary drummer that was published in Drumhead Magazine. The essay is a “Reflection on 50 Years of Hitting Things With Sticks” and the most commonly cited passage is rather telling and has been embedded for you below the first photograph in this narrative.

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Neil Peart by Ken Pierce (2007)

… Lately Olivia has been introducing me to new friends at school as “My dad–He’s a retired drummer.” True to say–funny to hear. And it does not pain me to realize that, like all athletes, there comes a time to… take yourself out of the game. I would rather set it aside then face the predicament described in our song “losing it” (“Sadder still to watch it die, than never to have known it”) …

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Neil Peart by Ken Pierce (2007)

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Win A Ticket To See Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy @ B.B. Kings On 11/14/2014

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The Details: Carl Palmer is one of the most legendary of names when it comes to Progressive Rock drumming and the craft as a whole and for decades he has both thrilled and inspired anyone who dared brave a pair of drumsticks on their own. I’ve been a fan for most of my life ever since I first heard “Brain Salad Surgery” by the also legendary band that he hailed from (Emerson Lake and Palmer for those sleeping and not aware of this). Seeing a player like Carl do his thing in person is both awesome and scary since it’s somewhat superhuman. Being asked by B.B. King Blues Club to host a contest for his upcoming show at the venue is also awesome so read more below on how you can take part in this. I want to rally the drumming readers of PiercingMetal at this one for sure because this show is listed as his ELP Legacy tour and he will be bringing you that bands greatest numbers.
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Win Tix To See The Bonzo Birthday Bash In NYC On 5/30/2013

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The Details: Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham is often cited as one of the music industry’s most respected and influential drummers of them all and you can hardly argue that when you hear his legendary sound and start to name all the drummers whose own skills he had inspired. As a former skin basher myself, I always loved the powerful groove that Bonham laid down and was always amazed at how well he combined being explosive at times while at others was as subtle as a whisper. No wonder so many genuflect when his name is mentioned. The Bonzo Birthday Bash is exactly what it sounds like. If you have not figured it out, it will be a collective of numerous drummers of note all gathered together to celebrate and perform the music that Bonham gave us. I’ll have more details after this leader but this all being said, I am pleased as a paradiddle to let you know that thanks to the fine folks at Livenation, some PiercingMetal readers will be seeing this interesting show on the house. Read on.
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Carl Palmer @ B.B. King Blues Club (6/6/2006)

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Artist: Carl Palmer
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: n/a
Date: 6/6/2006
Label: Sanctuary Records

If you grew up in the Seventies and followed Progressive Rock music then you certainly would have been aware of the band Emerson, Lake & Palmer. For years they tested the limits of how Prog-Rock could be delivered and are held as legends in the genre for their accomplishments. Keith Emerson was super-human on his synthesizers while Greg Lake sang and played bass, the three-piece puzzle was complimented by the one and only Carl Palmer who was nothing short of a drumming genius. The mere mention of his name causes most percussionists to bow their heads and mumble utterances as to their lack of worthiness – all of it well deserved. Like most bands, people move on and ELP has not been around for about 10 years – allowing the individuals who made up the group to explore their own artistic direction and continue on the musical path. Tonight at B.B. King Blues Club, the legendary drummer Carl Palmer would be bringing a set of music to a sold-out room. Walking in we found tables for this one, and it was a shame since I know many people who were not able to get tickets for this. Seeing a drummer such as Carl perform in such an intimate venue is not something one would expect to do sitting down, so I snared a spot on the side and began to enjoy myself. The band would simply be Carl Palmer on drums and commentary, Stuart Clayton on bass and Paul Bielatowicz handling the guitar duties. Right off the bat I knew this would be interesting, as there is no keyboard player in the touring band. With so much of this in ELP music it would have to be piped in on tapes or performed somehow by the guitar player. The latter would be the case and the audience would find themselves treated to an amazing player on the axe with an almost Alan Holdsworth/Steve Vai level of skill. Song after song, he translated the Keith Emerson keyboard runs into guitar parts and the biggest surprise of all – he is 16 years old. Yes, Carl Palmer’s guitarist was the age of some of the kids who attended the show with their parents tonight and this kid was incredible to say the least. Despite the young man’s talent, everyone was there to see Carl, and he would be both drummer and emcee this evening. Sitting behind his blue vistalite Ludwig’s Carl would show everyone in attendance the level of play he is capable of and it is nothing short of astounding. Oddly enough it would be a much smaller kit than he ever used with both ELP and Asia, yet it worked on all levels for the set he would play with the band tonight.
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