Rush Drummer Neil Peart Says That He Has Retired; Band May Be Finished With Their Career

The general word was that the R40 tour was the final one for Rush but we now have confirmation, at least for one member.

In the new Drumhead Magazine (November/December), Neil Peart said "… Lately Olivia [his daughter, 6] 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’)."

This revelation could mean the end of Rush as an entity. In November, Michael Moore interviewed the other two members of the band, Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee, who told him that the future of the band was up to Peart.

In the past, Peart has said that he would like to spend more time with his wife, Carrie Nuttall and their daughter Olivia. They are a second chance in life for Peart whose previous long-term relationship suffered the death of his 19-year-old-daughter, Selena Taylor, in a car accident (1997) and, just ten months later, his partner and Selena's mother, Jacqueline Taylor, died from cancer.

He also suffers from years of playing drums in one of the band that was known for intricate rhythms and music. Neil suffers from chronic tendinitis while bandmate Lifeson has psoriatic arthritis although he said he was still willing to tour.

The question now becomes, it this the true end of Rush as a band or is there a chance that, in the future, they may still enter the studio to record new music, even if they don't support it on the road.

4 comments

Anonymous said...

One of the all-time greatest rock drummers in history, top 5 easily along with Moon, Bonham, Collins (yeah, that's right, PHIL Collins - one of THE most amazing musicians in rock), and...Bill Bruford? Ginger Baker? Maybe someone more modern like Mike Portnoy? Well, I guess everyone can fill in the blank on that one.

Anonymous said...

Hell yeah he was. I figured he'd never play again with Rush after what happened to his family 20 years ago but I'm glad he gave us 2 more decades of awesome drum playing plus some always-great lyrics. Go home and play with your daughter Neil! If anyone (well, a musician, at least) on earth has earned it you have. I toured with a grunge band one time back in my 20s and cannot imagine doing it for 40 years! I was ready to be done after about 4 days :P

Anonymous said...

May this man receive everything he desires. The lives he has touched with his collaborative creativity is profound. Thank you!

Gregory A. Peterson said...

he very likely is a retired drummer, and he has earned every bit of that retirement.....it also must be said that on top of achieving the status of one of the very best drummers EVER, he is an accomplished lyricist, and one need not listen to the garbage the music industry is churning out as entertainment, the skills of an accomplished lyricist are without question in high demand, or at least they should be....also he has established himself as an author, I assure you, Neil Peart maybe a retired drummer from a rock band called Rush, but I doubt that we have heard the last of Mr. Peart....I would like to thank Mr. Peart for sharing the past 40 some years of his life with the fans.....

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