Neil Peart, the pyrotechnical drummer and high-concept lyricist for the Canadian progressive-rock trio Rush, died on Tuesday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 67.
The trigger was mind most cancers, in line with an announcement from Elliot Mintz, a spokesman for the household.
Rush was shaped in 1968 however discovered its long-term identification — because the trio of Geddy Lee on vocals, keyboards and bass, Alex Lifeson on guitars and Mr. Peart on drums — after Mr. Peart changed the band’s founding drummer, John Rutsey, in 1974.
Mr. Peart’s lyrics remodeled the band’s songs into elaborate suites exploring science fiction, magic and philosophy, typically with the individualist and libertarian sentiments that knowledgeable songs like “Tom Sawyer” and “Freewill.” And Mr. Peart’s drumming was at as soon as intricate and explosive, pinpointing odd meters and increasing the band’s power-trio dynamics.
In a recording profession that continued into the 2010s, Rush headlined arenas and had greater than a dozen platinum albums. Mr. Peart was additionally an writer, writing books about his travels and his memoirs. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. After a Rush tour in 2015, he retired from performing, citing its physical toll on his body, especially given his illness.
A full obituary will be published soon.