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11 January 2020 00:40

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Rush has since also confirmed as much, tweeting from their official account that they are devastated by the "terrible news that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother, and band mate of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three and a half year battle with brain cancer (Glioblastoma)." One of the most influential drummers of all time, Neil passed away on Tuesday, January 7th, in Santa Monica, California, following a bout with brain cancer over the past three years, according to Elliott Mintz, a spokesperson for the Peart family, as confirmed via Rolling Stone. Neil is best known for his intricate, meticulous style of playing in the Canadian progressive rock band whose career spanned a total of 50 years. He and vocalist / bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson united to become one of the biggest rock trios of all-time. Neil's influence cannot possibly be overstated — nearly every famous rock drummer, from Stewart Copeland of the Police to Dave Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters, has, at one time or another, nodded to Neil's playing. "It was really the first time I ever heard a drummer in the forefront of the band," Dave Grohl once recalled.

In 2013, Dave and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins inducted Rush into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and also performed a section of 2112 with the band. Rush's final tour was in 2015, as Neil was keen on spending more time with his family. The musician, seen as one of the best rock drummers in history, died of brain cancer in California The Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart has died at the age of 67. The Canadian musician had been diagnosed with brain cancer three years ago and died on 7 January in Santa Monica, California. A representative for the band confirmed the news after a spokesperson for Peart's family released a 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 mate of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three and a half year battle with brain cancer," a statement from the band read. Rush: a band who sparked the teenage imagination like few others Read more Peart was seen as one of the industry's most technically proficient rock drummers. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer hall of fame in 1983, making him the youngest ever honouree. The former Police drummer Stewart Copeland called him "the most air-drummed-to drummer of all time". He first picked up a pair of drumsticks at the age of 13 and officially joined the band in 1974 at the age of 22, soon becoming their primary lyricist and penning the breakout song 2112. "He was one of the goofiest-looking guys I'd ever seen … Then he sat down behind this kit and pummelled the drums – and us," Geddy Lee, the band's frontman, told the Guardian in 2018. "As far as I was concerned, he was hired from the minute he started playing." Facebook Twitter Pinterest Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart and Geddy Lee in 1978. Photograph: Fin Costello/Redferns Rush released 19 studio albums, selling more than 40m units worldwide. They are ranked third, behind the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, for most consecutive gold or platinum albums by a rock band. "I've been put in this position, and I certainly don't underrate that," he said to Rolling Stone in 2012, admitting that he still took drumming lessons. "I get to be a professional drummer... So it's a full-time responsibility. It's a joyous one and one I'm very grateful for." Peart retired from the band in 2015 and the band declared itself finished in 2018. He also wrote seven non-fiction books, including the memoir Traveling Music: Playing Back the Soundtrack to My Life and Times. "The highest possible compliment is if someone that you admire respects your work," Peart said in 2017. "To those that have said I inspired them to start drumming, the first thing I say is: 'I apologise to your parents.' But it's wonderful just to be a little part of someone's life like that." On Twitter, Gene Simmons has offered his "prayers and condolences" to Peart's family, calling him a "kind soul". "I feel real bad about this - he was way too young," Brian Wilson also tweeted. "Neil was one of the great drummers and he'll be missed." Peart is survived by his wife and 10-year-old daughter.