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Rush drummer Neil Peart announces retirement from music

Posted by on December 7, 2015

Warning: Before you proceed I must advise you, the reader, to go grab yourself a tissue, because this one is going to hurt.

It is with a heavy heart that I come bearing the news that Neil Peart, the legendary drummer of world renowned prog rock band Rush, has announced his retirement from music. While this comes at no surprise to anyone who has been following the band lately, as he has been vocal about his health struggles and chronic tendinitis, it is a harsh blow to the music world, especially since Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson’s reassurance that the band would continue after their R40 tour. Maybe we’ll get another studio album eventually or the occasional one-off show, but the hardcore touring band Rush, as we all know and love them, will not be continuing in their usual fashion anymore. Speaking to Drumhead Magazine, Peart said this:

“Lately Olivia [ Neil’s daughter] 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’].”

That is not funny to hear, Neil, but dammit if there is another drummer out there who is more deserving of a nice retirement I don’t know who it is. It’s good to see you choose to go on your own terms rather than have the choice made for you, and thank you for your contribution on the music world. There’s no word from Geddy and Alex whether they’ll continue on with another drummer, but Peart is such a big part of the band that it’s hard to imagine how that would work.

Since it was mentioned by the man himself: listen, enjoy, and try not to cry.

[UPDATE 12/8: Or maybe not. Geddy Lee seems to think that he might have been taken out of context]

The author trying to hold in his feelings, failing miserably.

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  • Dan Rowe

    If anyone actually cries about this they should be kicked in the balls.

  • MightyK716

    I think it would be obvious that Rush would not continue with another drummer.

  • Kinny Bingman

    I’m going through the same thing right now but you don’t want to slow down too much or it will slow you down even more

  • Ryco56x

    Wonder what Carl Palmer’s doing these days. He could fill this slot easy.

  • Craig Bondy

    You obviously know NOTHING about drums, and have no capacity to appreciate this man accomplishments. Either that or your one of those people who would have a stone face at your own child’s funeral, cause you know men can’t tear up, cause that makes em a pussy. Either way, may your insensitive balls be kicked.

  • Kevin Bragdon

    Thanks for all the great music.
    Enjoy your retirement.

  • Jimmy Miller

    Wow dude, get a hold of yourself. There are other sausage-fest prog bands out there. No need to go all Twilight on the dude.

  • Craig Bondy

    Did I just see you sparkle? But yah dude I can’t argue with what you said. hahaha
    But seriously who is the bigger asshole. The guy who dissed one of the best drummers on earth, or the guy who defends him?

  • SOBA FET

    Go fuck yourself you little trolling prick! Not put that grateful dead cassette into your 8 track player next to the couch in your mommy’s basement and apply lipstick as needed.

  • SOBA FET

    You sir are an idiot! FACT!!!

  • Dan Rowe

    Aw did you cry? A 65 yr old retired. Get a life.

  • Dan Rowe

    I’m a drummer and actually love neil…but this no crying matter.

  • Dan Rowe

    I didn’t dis neil…just the overly crying graphics in the article! Jesus people get so offended so fast over nothing.

  • SOBA FET

    One of the BEST drummers retired. I’m sure everyone here can agree Neil’s skill set greatly exceeds yours… Are you jel? Aww…. the little guy is jelly…..boo hoo….Let me guess. You can’t stand your wife. Your kids disappoint you incessantly. You failed at making it big as a drummer. You come home from the job which you hate and fantasize about a life you’ll never have HAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Have another cheap beer YOU LUSH!!!! Bwaaaaa Haaaaaa Haaaaa!!!
    P.S. You have a baby carrot sized penis!

  • HeadHunter

    I saw Carl last fall touring with Asia. He hasn’t lost his touch, his skill, or his energy – but Rush without Neil would be like Asia without Carl (that is to say, not the same in the least).

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  • Ryco56x

    Maybe Carl could handle both gigs! Agree it wouldn’t be the same, but if Neil chooses to retire for health reasons, Palmer definitely has the rudiments, speed, skills, and talent (in other words: CHOPS! 😉 ) to take his place! Plus wouldn’t have to suffer Pearts lyrics! (I kid, I kid!!) Peart could even stay on as lyricist.

  • Dan Rowe

    You. Need. Help.

  • SOBA FET

    Seems like I touched a sore spot there princess. Awww…. do you require a tissue sweetheart? OH, here’s a picture of you in the tub making retard splashes with your little toys (spidey man, trapjaw and pikachu)

  • Dan Rowe

    No soft spot, you’re just dumb as fuck…pretty entertaining reading your ramblings though.

  • SOBA FET

    Nice come back there Ricky Retardo… You FAIL at the game of life. Hahahahahahaha

  • Union Lacktivist

    If Rush has to go out…go out like Mötley Crüe is going out. A super long tour with the original band…then cease to use the band name and tour as such. Sad, but all things come to an end.

  • Dan Rowe

    Ummm you’re arguing online over crying about neil retiring.

  • SOBA FET

    “I’m a drummer and actually love neil”

    Hehe. You love a man!!!!!

  • Bob Sutherby

    Would have been wiser to have chosen these words from the outset. 😉

  • Bob Sutherby

    But that’s what they HAVE been doing! Super long tours…

  • Dan Rowe

    Yeah of course…but the guy sobbing in his pillow is too much.

  • Phil DiPaolo

    Good luck, you’ll be missed. We’ll carry the torch, yet fail to hold a flame.

  • Jimmy Miller

    Your mom’s an idiot for having you.

  • Jimmy Miller

    Asia has toured without Carl.

  • HeadHunter

    I know – I saw them in a club in ’92 without him or Wetton. As I said… not the same in the least.

  • SOBA FET

    Your mom takes gang banging ex-con DICK ass to mouth HAH!!!

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  • Deenohh

    Please stop bashing people with opinions other than yours. You sound like a whiny 2 year old as well as a sycophant that has Pearts balls bouncing off your chin.. An opposing opinion does not equal unknowledgeable. Are you a drummer? An orthopedics physcian? Besides. it sounds more like its YOU that knows nothing about well…anything really.. Neil has injuries because while he is a good drummer, his mechanics where always poor. He always played stiff and very tense with thee exception of the brief period after studying with Gruber but that change in technique was pretty short lived.
    Either way it’s his life. He has made it clear that he never enjoyed touring and he has been looking for a way out for decades. I hope he enjoys retirement.

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