Tributes are pouring in from the rock world regarding the death of Rush drummer Neil Peart. Peart has passed away on Tuesday at the age of 67 following a three-year battle with brain cancer.
Many posted on social media to share their feelings about Peart. Foo Fighters Dave Grohl said, “Today, the world lost a true giant in the history of rock and roll. An inspiration to millions with an unmistakable sound who spawned generations of musicians – like myself – to pick up two sticks and chase a dream. A kind, thoughtful, brilliant man who ruled our radios and turntables not only with his drumming, but also his beautiful words.” Foos drummer Taylor Hawkins added: “Neil Peart had the hands of God. End of story.”
Anthrax’s Scott Ian said: “The greatest of all time. RIP Neil Peart. I’m going to go raise a glass and then air-drum the shit out of Tom Sawyer.” Nickelback tweeted, “Beyond saddened to hear the news about Neil Peart,” and Korn drummer Ray Luzier took to Instagram to say: “I’m stunned.. Neil did so much for the music community.. this hit so many of us insanely hard.. my deepest condolences to all.” More tributes were made across social media by the likes of Geezer Butler, Gene Simmons, Judas Priest and Metallica.
In 2015, Peart announced he was retiring from touring. He is survived by his wife, Carrie and their daughter, Olivia Louise Peart. He was also an author and published six books.
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