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Neil Peart RIP

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Just now, lemonstar said:

True and we've all heard it and know it. My aunt passed away a few days ago - not married, no kids - her card at xmas said I'll ring you - she didn't and I was about to ring her - it would have been no effort at all - now I'm driving 5 hrs to her empty house tomorrow.

I'm making a note of that book title.

 

Ghost Rider is tearjerkingly good. Also Masked Rider, and his 3 gorgeously be-pictured travelogues: Far and Away, Far and Near, and Far and Wide.

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Heart, broken.

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Devastated. Probably the finest drummer ever and a helluva lyricist. Having read his books he'd been through so much tragedy... and now to lose his own life in such a horrible way is so shocking.

RIP Neil & thanks for the wonderful music x

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19 minutes ago, hiram.k.hackenbacker said:

Rush's music and most importantly, Neil's book Ghost Rider, helped me through a very dark period of my life after losing one of our sons, ironically to a brain tumour.

I wished I had let him know how much that book helped me. Never leave those unspoken words until it's too late.

RIP Neil. You will be greatly missed.

Same with 'Ghost Rider', Similar - but different personal tragedy ... he helped me carry on...

Feel like part of me has died.

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Rush are one of a small handful of bands I regret never getting round to seeing live... RIP Neil sleep well

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I only discovered a few years back just how good Rush were as both a band and individuals on their own instruments. Sad news for the music world, as well as for his family, friends & colleagues of course.

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3 minutes ago, davepb24 said:

Rush are one of a small handful of bands I regret never getting round to seeing live... RIP Neil sleep well

Oh man, sorry you didn’t. Get R30 or R40 on dvd and spoil yourself. I saw him at R30 and Snakes & Arrows.

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Wow. That came out of nowhere. Explains the retirement. A complex man who I would love to have spoken to but would never have tried. RIP, Professor. 

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9 minutes ago, davepb24 said:

Rush are one of a small handful of bands I regret never getting round to seeing live... RIP Neil sleep well

Likewise.  Rock In Peace, Neil.

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We were rehearsing tonight and it flashed up on our drummers phone that he had passed away, very sad news.

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Rush ended in the most appropriate and dignified way and although this is a huge shock, I'm thankful that Neil's illness was not made public, which I'm sure would have been the last thing he wanted. I feel terrible for his young daughter in particular. 

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Rush have been my favourite band for over 35 years. Dreadful news. Gutted & speechless. 😢

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He was the only drummer to whose solos I liked to listen. Another of my heroes has left the world stage. 😟

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I’ve been a Rush fan since around 1978 when I first heard them. Absolutely gutted tbh. I love the fact that he took some time out and went on a mammoth motorcycle trip! RIP Neil.

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So so sad to hear about this. 
 

We all know the music but like others have mentioned to know the man you need to read the books. Start with Ghost Rider and then everything else falls in to place much more easily. 

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Such sad news. The reasons for his retirement are now clear. As others have said it’s good that a veryprivate man was able to live out his last few years and his struggle with an awful condition in privacy. Rest in peace, Neil.

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Pretty torn up about this. Massive Rush fan since my teens - they are beyond doubt my biggest musical influence, and Neil's contemplative, philosophical and often spiritual lyrics inspired and affected me far beyond music. Goes without saying that he was a defining and extraordinary musician whose like we will not see again.

I am privileged to have seen him play many times over the years, and those memories now have a deeper meaning.

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I am genuinely gutted about this. He was in the band that shaped my young life. I knew he was never going to play again but it still feels like something has been lost. I feel so sorry for him and his family. Their lives have been filled with sadness lately. At least he is at peace.

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Terrible news. Rush have been a massive part of my musical education since I was about 13. RIP Professor.

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