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Neil Peart of Rush Passes Away Jan 7 2020
Member of Canadas Most Awarded Bands
By John Gavin, Friday, January 10, 2020


Neil Peart, member of Canada's most awarded progressive Rock band, RUSH passed away on January 7, 2020 at age 67 from brain cancer.

The 3 member band was Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart who performed together for over 40 years.

The band was formed in 1968 and went through several configurations until Neil Peart was added in 1974 replacing the original drummer, John Rutsey.

Neil was born in Hamilton, Ontario. He had a 19 year old daughter, Selena who was killed in an auto accident in 1997 and his wife Jacqueline died of cancer 10 months later.

Some of the many awards awarded to Rush were:

*Inducted into Canada's Music Hall of Fame in 1994

*A Star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto

*Order of Canada

*Lifetime Achievement honor in 2012 (Governor Generals Performing Arts Award)

*Inducted into US Music Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013

*They were nominated for 7 Grammy's, won several Canadian Juno's and won an International Achievement Award at 2009 Socan Awards.


At one time in Rush History, they were 3rd behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for most consecutive gold , platinum and 3 multi platinum albums.

They ranked 88 in US album sales with 25 million albums roughly sold up to 2004. Their worldwide sales were estimated over 40 million as of 2018.

Their final touring performance was in 2015, Neil retired and in 2018 announced they would not continue performing.