I was saddened today to hear of the death of Neil Peart, who had been the drummer with the Canadian progressive rock band Rush for 45 years before retiring in 2015.  He was 67 and had been suffering with brain cancer, and in my opinion was the best rock drummer of all time.

We have been to several Rush concerts over the years, and I thought I’d share a couple of links of my favourite drummer playing his part in two of the best Rush songs ever written – the atmospheric ‘Witch Hunt‘ and ‘Subdivisions‘.  I’ve added a photo that we took from our vantage point in the Hallam Arena back in 2002, so that you can see the awesome drum kit that he played, and another one to prove we’d been there and got the t-shirts (I’m with my son and daughter-in-law in 2002)!

 

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Rest in peace, Neil.  He was only 5 years older than I am now.  Neil’s early demise tells me that life is short, and that we must make the most of it while we’re able to.