Neil Peart Might Be Finished as a Drummer
After Neil Peart joined Rush on their second album “Fly By Night” everything changed. Their original drummer John Rutsey was pretty good but sounded like a backbeat drummer in comparrison. Well, the future of Rush might be in limbo with what sounds like a retirement announcement from Peart.
“Lately, Olivia has been introducing me to new friends at school as ‘My dad – he’s a retired drummer,’” Peart tells Drumhead magazine. “True to say,” Peart says, before adding that it’s “funny to hear.”
“It does not pain me to realize that, like all athletes, there comes a time to … take yourself out of the game,” Peart adds. “I would rather set it aside then face the predicament described in our song ‘Losing It.’” Here’s the key lyric from that track, composed for 1982’s Signals by Peart: “Sadder still to watch it die, than never to have known it.”
Though not an official statement it sure sounds like Peart has had enough. Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson has said he wants to continue with the band but there wasn’t as much excitement from the Peart camp.
Peart officially joined Rush in July 29, 1974. He auditioned for Lifeson and bassist Geddy Lee driving up in a beat-up Ford Pinto with his drums in trashcans. Peart thought the audition was a disaster but the three quickly bonded. Peart was a chief lyricist for the band. His first album with Rush was “Fly By Night” in 1974 running through 2012’s “Clockwork Angels.”
It’s been 40 years of drumming for Rush for the 63 year old. He is regarded as one of the best drummers who ever lived. Year after year he and Buddy Rich battle it out for the #1 position. – by John Beaudin