Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson: Thanks for the ‘Outpouring of Love’

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Following the news that broke on Jan. 10 of the passing of Neil Peart on Jan. 7, fellow musicians and other entertainers shared their grief with glowing tributes of praise for the Rush drummer.

On Jan. 17, the band’s surviving members, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, offered thanks for the “outpouring of love” that they had received.

“Our most heartfelt thanks go out to family, friends, musicians, writers and fans from around the globe for the incredible outpouring of love and respect for Neil since his passing. These touching tributes help to lessen the pain of this terrible loss and remind us all to celebrate his remarkable life and our connections to it. – Geddy & Alex”

On Jan. 10, the band announced the news on the Rush Facebook page:

“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 (Glioblastoma). We ask that friends, fans, and media alike understandably respect the family’s need for privacy and peace at this extremely painful and difficult time. Those wishing to express their condolences can choose a cancer research group or charity of their choice and make a donation in Neil Peart’s name.

Rest in peace brother.”

Here are some other tributes…

From fellow drummer, Foghat co-founder Roger Earl:

“It is so sad to hear about Neil Peart. Foghat has done many many shows with Neil & Rush over the years. He was a fantastic drummer, great songwriter and he “burned for Buddy”. But it wasn’t until I went out front & listened to the band with the audience, that I truly appreciated how he played. Because his fans knew every drum break, drum hit, fill and anticipation. And standing there as a drummer to see 10-15,000 other ‘drummers’ putting their hands together in the air was truly amazing & special! He reached his audience and turned them on. Rest in Peace Neil. You are missed.”

Former Yes drummer, Bill Bruford, wrote in part, “Very sad to learn of the death of Neil Peart, drummer, author, lyricist, and a gentle man, too. Carolyn and I offer our heartfelt condolences to Neil’s family, and of course to Geddy and Alex.”

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Dave Grohl wrote, in part: “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. You will be forever remembered and sorely missed by all of us. And my heartfelt condolences to the Rush family.”

Fellow Foo Fighters member, Taylor Hawkins, wrote: “Neil Peart had the hands of God. End of story.”

From Kiss’ Gene Simmons: “My prayers and condolences to the Peart Family, Fans and Friends. Neil was a kind soul. R.I.P.”

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  1. Ratbone
    #1 Ratbone 11 January, 2020, 01:25

    Oh no!
    This is horrible news! I know dying is a part of living, but it doesn’t make it any less of a shock. Carry on Neil.

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  2. D - Arc
    #2 D - Arc 11 January, 2020, 18:05

    Only seen Rush live twice but recently watched showtime documentary and understand why Rush had such a cult following!! Mr. Peart a true professional and gentlemen and will be missed by millions , but most by his family and band … May He Rest In Peace while his family grieves and misses him forever …..BD’

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