Neil Peart


Posted on : 31-Mar-2013 | By : Sam Silver | In : Music

In this edition of our short articles about the best drummers that ever lived we look at Neil Peart.

It would be difficult to name a more underrated talent than Neil Peart, the drummer and primary lyricist for the Canadian rock band Rush.

On the drums, Peart is considered a supreme technician. His early influences were the hard rock styles of John Bonham of Led Zeppelin and Keith Moon of The Who, but early on he became greatly influenced by jazz drumming greats Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. Through his career with Rush, his drumming style has been without equal in terms of uniqueness of style. Only Peart drums like Peart.

As important as Peart’s drums have been in creating the iconic sound of Rush, his lyrics have contributed as much, and maybe more. Rush lyrics have been called “profound”, “dazzling”, “brilliant” and “mesmerizing.” Almost 100% of Rush’s lyrics are the work of Peart, who claims influence from reading a lot of “great literature.”

Like his band mates Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, Peart is Canadian, born in Hamiton, Ontario, in 1952. He continues to tour and record with Rush, but also plays jazz gigs, and is the author of successful books.

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