Neil Ellwood Peart, was born September 12, 1952 in Hamilton Ontario Canada.
Neil joined Rush in Mid-1974 after floating around between regional bands. He served as their drummer and primary lyricist. Rush has released 19 studio albums, selling more than 40.M units worldwide. They are ranked third, behind the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, for most consecutive gold or platinum albums by a rock band.
He received many awards the most notable being his induction into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1983,
Peart also published seven non fiction books focused on his travels and personal stories, the memoir Traveling Music: Playing Back the Soundtrack to My Life and Times and his first first book published in 1996 The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa just to name a few.
In 2015 he retired from Rush after the band’s final tour, saying the time had come to take himself “out of the game”. However in January 2018, band mate Alex Lifeson confirmed that Rush was retiring due to Peart’s health issues.
Peart lost his battle to glioblastoma on Tuesday, January 7th, in Santa Monica, California. He is survived by his wife , photographer, Carrie Nuttall, and daughter Olivia