Rush drummer retires

2015-12-07 by Christopher Geriak | 114 Comments
After over 40 years as the main drummer for the legendary rock band Rush, 63-year old Neil Peart has officially announced that he will retire from the band after suffering from chronic tendinitis. This comes in just after Rush recently finished their 40th anniversary tour.

In an interview he said:

“And it does not pain me to realize that, like all athletes, there comes a time to… take yourself out of the game. I would rather set it aside then face the predicament described in our song ‘Losing It‘ [‘Sadder still to watch it die, than never to have known it’].”

Peart has been the band's drummer since 1974 before they dropped their sophomore album the year after.

http://consequenceofsound.net/2015/12/rushs-neil-peart-says-hes-retired-from-music/

Tagged: Rush

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jesterhead92
December 7th 2015
3339 Comments


Probably one of the most influential and amazing drummers of all time. I'm not a die-hard Rush fan but to deny this guy's level of influence in the rock world would be an absolute injustice. Hope he's able to have a good rest of his life doing whatever else he likes.

Panzerchrist
December 7th 2015
299 Comments


At least he ended on a high note! That last live album was pretty solid, and Clockwork Angels is probably my favorite Rush record since Moving Pictures.

Ryus
December 7th 2015
14311 Comments


damn

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Friday13th
December 7th 2015
5761 Comments


Sad day, but I'm also glad to have seen their last tour together. Peart is the man.

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TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2015
15754 Comments


Clockwork Angels is incredible, with The Garden being the perfect swan song. Honestly this seems like the best move for him, the guy is suffering from medical problems for insanely complex drumming for 40+ years. Retiring is probably the best option, and it doesn't necessarily mean he won't keep making music in some way or another.

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torts
December 7th 2015
4300 Comments


well shi

Asdfp277
December 7th 2015
14301 Comments


The dude rules hard, legend will keep on rocking!! lml

AndreBourbeau
December 7th 2015
63 Comments


damn, always sad to see a drummer have to quit because of tendinitis. and the fact that it's peart quitting makes it even more depressing.

SCREAM!
December 7th 2015
14436 Comments


Uggggghhhhh I was already super disappointed I missed them on the R40 tour and now I'll never forgive myself fuck

Asdfp277
December 7th 2015
14301 Comments


It's not a sad day, he's 63 he's still young believe it or not! He's got a life ahead of him still and I wish and hope he can enjoy it to the max!! lml >:]

emester
December 7th 2015
8121 Comments


Sad to see my favorite drummer step away from the kit behind my favorite band of all time. Yet at the same time, I commend Peart for all blood, sweat and tears he put into his craft. Rather than fear the beginning of the end of such an unbelievable band, we should instead be grateful for all of the classics Peart and company have given us. Man deserves to live the rest of his life in happiness as he sure has help me do so with the music he gave us alongside Geddy and Alex. Hell, if it weren't for them, I doubt I would have gotten so involved in music like I am now. Kudos Neil!

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oltnabrick
December 7th 2015
35835 Comments


Sad to see my favorite drummer step away from the kit behind my favorite band of all time. Yet at the same time, I commend Peart for all blood, sweat and tears he put into his craft. Rather than fear the beginning of the end of such an unbelievable band, we should instead be grateful for all of the classics Peart and company have given us. Man deserves to live the rest of his life in happiness as he sure has help me do so with the music he gave us alongside Geddy and Alex. Hell, if it weren't for them, I doubt I would have gotten so involved in music like I am now. Kudos Neil!

SCREAM!
December 7th 2015
14436 Comments


Sad to see my favorite drummer step away from the kit behind my favorite band of all time. Yet at the same time, I commend Peart for all blood, sweat and tears he put into his craft. Rather than fear the beginning of the end of such an unbelievable band, we should instead be grateful for all of the classics Peart and company have given us. Man deserves to live the rest of his life in happiness as he sure has help me do so with the music he gave us alongside Geddy and Alex. Hell, if it weren't for them, I doubt I would have gotten so involved in music like I am now. Kudos Neil![3]

zaruyache
December 7th 2015
17171 Comments


WON'T SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN????

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Jethro42
December 7th 2015
14781 Comments


Thanks for your brillant drumming for that brillant band, The Professor!!!

TheCrocodile
December 7th 2015
2660 Comments


Sad to see my favorite drummer step away from the kit behind my favorite band of all time. Yet at the same time, I commend Peart for all blood, sweat and tears he put into his craft. Rather than fear the beginning of the end of such an unbelievable band, we should instead be grateful for all of the classics Peart and company have given us. Man deserves to live the rest of his life in happiness as he sure has help me do so with the music he gave us alongside Geddy and Alex. Hell, if it weren't for them, I doubt I would have gotten so involved in music like I am now. Kudos Neil![4]


FearThyEvil
December 7th 2015
15134 Comments


Sad to hear, incredibly influential and a great drummer.

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2015
55035 Comments


So glad I got to seem him live

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Avagantamos
December 7th 2015
5756 Comments


thank you for your service

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R6Rider
December 7th 2015
5134 Comments


Sad to see my favorite drummer step away from the kit behind my favorite band of all time. Yet at the same time, I commend Peart for all blood, sweat and tears he put into his craft. Rather than fear the beginning of the end of such an unbelievable band, we should instead be grateful for all of the classics Peart and company have given us. Man deserves to live the rest of his life in happiness as he sure has help me do so with the music he gave us alongside Geddy and Alex. Hell, if it weren't for them, I doubt I would have gotten so involved in music like I am now. Kudos Neil![5]

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ShadowRemains
December 7th 2015
24639 Comments


the definition of a master of his craft

tempest--
December 7th 2015
20258 Comments


sweet theyve never come to australia and now wont even be worth it if they do

Spec
December 7th 2015
34578 Comments


fuck

MO
December 7th 2015
21763 Comments


he's done all he can, time to ride out into the sunset. if anyones deserved it it's him

SoccerRiot
December 7th 2015
2432 Comments


I never got to see the band live, but I respect Neil's decision on this. He's been with the band for 41 years, so wanting to retire after that length of time is completely understandable.

YoYoMancuso
December 7th 2015
12671 Comments


Great drummer, better person, got to live out his dream for forty-one damn years. That's a hell of a life, and he's still got so much more ahead of him.

Asdfp277
December 7th 2015
14301 Comments


Absolutely !!

TheMoonchild
December 7th 2015
1126 Comments


I'm gonna miss his drumming.

It's gonna be hard thinking of Neil retiring, but he has such respectable reasons for it. What a guy.

BMDrummer
December 7th 2015
13877 Comments


the right thing to do at least, ended on his highest note and had very few low ones

oltnabrick
December 7th 2015
35835 Comments


Sad to see my favorite drummer step away from the kit behind my favorite band of all time. Yet at the same time, I commend Peart for all blood, sweat and tears he put into his craft. Rather than fear the beginning of the end of such an unbelievable band, we should instead be grateful for all of the classics Peart and company have given us. Man deserves to live the rest of his life in happiness as he sure has help me do so with the music he gave us alongside Geddy and Alex. Hell, if it weren't for them, I doubt I would have gotten so involved in music like I am now. Kudos Neil!

Ending
December 7th 2015
2175 Comments


Forever a legend.

Killerhit
December 8th 2015
6007 Comments


Godbless this fucking hero

ZippaThaRippa
December 8th 2015
9955 Comments


Rush might as well join him in retirement. Who in the world could possibly replace Neil Peart in any capacity? Besides being their drummer he is also their principle lyricist.

FacelessMan
December 8th 2015
1004 Comments


danny carey playing for rush would be cool

Blizzink
December 8th 2015
86 Comments


Thankful I got to see them live a decade or so ago, but I wish I would have caught them on the 40th

ChaoticVortex
December 8th 2015
443 Comments


Sad to hear, yet completely understanable decision. It's a damn shame that I didn't get the chance to saw them live. Thank you Neil for creating 40 years of awesome music.

Faraudo
December 8th 2015
1550 Comments


While this is quite sad to hear, I truly believe that Neil completely deserves his retirement.

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LepreCon
December 8th 2015
5402 Comments


Bad buzz, but what a career, will be remembered as one of the greatest drummers of all time. Hope he enjoys his retirement.

rockandmetaljunkie
December 8th 2015
6864 Comments


can't see how they will continue without him, have hopes though

neil is a living legend, no doubt about that

Gwyn.
December 8th 2015
16998 Comments


Respect to him, good luck in the future.

user
December 8th 2015
1495 Comments


"Sad to see my favorite drummer step away from the kit behind my favorite band of all time. Yet at the same time, I commend Peart for all blood, sweat and tears he put into his craft. Rather than fear the beginning of the end of such an unbelievable band, we should instead be grateful for all of the classics Peart and company have given us. Man deserves to live the rest of his life in happiness as he sure has help me do so with the music he gave us alongside Geddy and Alex. Hell, if it weren't for them, I doubt I would have gotten so involved in music like I am now. Kudos Neil!"

serious [2] to this.

ksoflas
December 8th 2015
1105 Comments


One of the best players around.

JS19
December 8th 2015
5775 Comments


The band have to finish surely?

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onionbubs
December 8th 2015
5789 Comments


yeah i can't see rush continuing without peart.

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onionbubs
December 8th 2015
5789 Comments


yeah i can't see rush continuing without peart. He was not only a fantastic drummer, but he also contributed most of their lyrics.

Shoteru
December 8th 2015
474 Comments


I really don't see Rush continuing with live shows without Neil, I'm sure it wouldn't sit comfortably with a lot of the fans, not to mention Geddy and Alex.

sonictheplumber
December 8th 2015
8467 Comments


Good to end on a high note

Rawmeeth38
December 8th 2015
1138 Comments


Damn, one of the greatest.

DinosaurJones
December 8th 2015
5343 Comments


I definitely respect his decision.

guitarded_chuck
December 8th 2015
13199 Comments


great drummer, only redeeming part about rush

DinosaurJones
December 8th 2015
5343 Comments


^^^^ Whoa now.

sonictheplumber
December 8th 2015
8467 Comments


Don't mind him he's one of the seven or eight autists who gets absolutely creamed on a regular basis on the forums.

Let's keep this thread respectful

DinosaurJones
December 8th 2015
5343 Comments


I mean, I'm not even a huge fan of Rush, but the entire band is ridiculously talented.

Also: THE DRUM SOLO OF LIFE.

sonictheplumber
December 8th 2015
8467 Comments


I've been going to rush shows since 77.

DinosaurJones
December 8th 2015
5343 Comments


You have beeng going to Rush shows for longer than I have been alive. And I thought I was one of the older users on this site.

Good on ya!

guitarded_chuck
December 8th 2015
13199 Comments


"Don't mind him he's one of the seven or eight autists who gets absolutely creamed on a regular basis on the forums. "

lmao fan boy much? drop off the earth

HenchmanOfSanta
December 8th 2015
1994 Comments


Rush will definitely cease to exist as a band but I think the point of singling out Peart's retirement is that Geddy and Alex will still do their own stuff.

wham49
December 8th 2015
3444 Comments


It has been coming for a while, if were up to him would of been 10 years ago.

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
December 8th 2015
13000 Comments


Read this last night, sad times.

BeyondCosby
December 8th 2015
1478 Comments


I swear to God if Mike Portnoy replaces him...

Voltimand
December 8th 2015
653 Comments


^Hahaha I was thinking the same thing about Portnoy.

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JWT155
December 8th 2015
13467 Comments


I love how the title of the article is "Rush Drummer Retires", as if Neil Peart isn't a household name in music.

TheWovenWeb
December 8th 2015
41 Comments


He had a hell of a run, godspeed. I'm facing the end sooner because of a medical condition, so I can relate. Time to go to school I guess.

smaugman
December 8th 2015
4230 Comments


never got to see them live :'(

evilford
December 8th 2015
40342 Comments


obviously one of the best drummers ever rip in peace

Zeiu
December 8th 2015
206 Comments


So, I'm gonna assume Rush is done now, they surely can't go on without Neil Peart?

torts
December 8th 2015
4300 Comments


ay geddy lee just said this is incorrect tho

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
December 8th 2015
18628 Comments


Have an awesome rest of your life Neil! You have one hell of a career behind you and you should be beyond happy with yourself for inspiring people with influential music. Well done and you deserve some retirement

onionbubs
December 8th 2015
5789 Comments


Yeah geddy said this was taken out of context.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
December 8th 2015
18628 Comments


Nothing Geddy said really pointed to this being incorrect. He basically just said he thinks he just may mean touring, which is a definite. But as far as the bigger picture is concerned they're gonna get together as friends and talk about it.

RustCohle
December 8th 2015
178 Comments


Farewell Neil, you were the greatest drummer in rock history, your legacy will always remain. Your retirement is well deserved, enjoy it :-)
Will jam Xanadu now!

Asdfp277
December 8th 2015
14301 Comments


jammin clockwork angels rn m/

e210013
December 8th 2015
1345 Comments


I don't knew that. I'm very sad about it. But we can't do nothing against that type of disease. The only think I can say is thanks Neil for your great contribution in the world of music. We all will never going forget you, man.

ultimatethrasher
December 8th 2015
594 Comments


This sucks

JokineAugustus
December 8th 2015
8583 Comments


What a bummer. At least what material he left us with is vast and of the utmost quality.

evilford
December 8th 2015
40342 Comments


jammin Bowie in honro

drasticaction74
December 8th 2015
1840 Comments


the whole band should just retire. how do you replace him?

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MrSirLordGentleman
December 8th 2015
10528 Comments


So sad, he achieved a legend status in rock; literally every drummer wishes to be as good as him

TheLodge
December 8th 2015
42 Comments


Glad I saw them live now. Good for him. CA was a good album to finish on. Here's hoping Geddy and Alex don't want to do an album with an inferior drummer.

...someone please stop Mike Portnoy from joining Rush!!!!!

Alastor
December 8th 2015
1693 Comments


"Rush drummer retires"

ah, that guy. what's his name again

evilford
December 8th 2015
40342 Comments


prob easily replaceable they could just pull in some Joe off the street

ProjectFreak
December 8th 2015
1870 Comments


Introducing: Rush with Mike Portnoy

MrSirLordGentleman
December 8th 2015
10528 Comments


Well, Mike Portnoy is objectively skilled as hell, he could replace Neil and he would play the songs without any problem, but it would just look so wrong

Titan
December 8th 2015
17799 Comments


Rush will be back......may take some time.....but will perform again live

TheMrAlexK
December 8th 2015
7959 Comments


After all these years it's technically not Rush without him. No way they would replace him with Portnoy.

TheMrAlexK
December 8th 2015
7959 Comments


After all these years it's technically not Rush without him. No way they would replace him with Portnoy, even it it's just for a few shows.

e210013
December 8th 2015
1345 Comments


Guys, this is a decision of the other two band members. Of course there is some other great drummers that can replace him, like Portnoy. However, this is a very difficult decision for the band. Neil is simply a drum legend. And they can put an end in the band, as Led Zeppelin did. It's all a matter of a very well thought decision by the remaining members.

Titan
December 8th 2015
17799 Comments


Asked whether Peart's quote was taken out of context: "I think that's absolutely right. That's their job. Talking about something when there's nothing to talk about." ...

-Geddy Lee

rodrigo90
December 8th 2015
2257 Comments


I think Geddy should take the reins and start to make the music and the lyrics. I read his lyrics and are a bit cleverer than Neil's

Titan
December 8th 2015
17799 Comments


even Geddy would laugh at that^

bananatossing
December 8th 2015
427 Comments


Have only heard of some of their older records. I guess it's time to listen to their discography all the way through. Wish him all the best!

rodrigo90
December 8th 2015
2257 Comments


I know, still I hate how in interviews he makes clever answers about why he haven't write any lyrics since "signals"....I thought "different strings" was brillant

Scoot
December 8th 2015
18671 Comments


absolute legend

BigPleb
December 8th 2015
50576 Comments


Sad as hell but what a guy and what a drummer, never got to see Rush live but enjoy your retirement man.

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po0ty
December 9th 2015
530 Comments


Travis Barker has been announced as Peart's replacement

Tunaboy45
December 9th 2015
15156 Comments


*from touring

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someguest
December 9th 2015
28258 Comments


He just doesn't get the Rush he used to from it.

sonictheplumber
December 9th 2015
8467 Comments


well lets not Rush to conclusions :D

evilford
December 9th 2015
40342 Comments


"Guys, this is a decision of the other two band members. Of course there is some other great drummers that can replace him, like Portnoy. However, this is a very difficult decision for the band. Neil is simply a drum legend. And they can put an end in the band, as Led Zeppelin did. It's all a matter of a very well thought decision by the remaining members."

did I miss where people said it wasn't?

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
December 9th 2015
15645 Comments


so I just heard he didn't retire he just doesn't want to tour anymore cuz he's fucking old as fucking fuck

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Titan
December 9th 2015
17799 Comments


Rush will NEVER perform live without Neil Peart

sonictheplumber
December 9th 2015
8467 Comments


not as "rush" no

Titan
December 9th 2015
17799 Comments


we'd take a Lee/Lifeson project now wouldn't we?

i still don't see them playing live together with another drummer.....geddy has mentioned it numerous times that he wouldn't want to do it without 'the other two guys'

you can put your house on it that a Geddy Lee solo project will surface at some point, with the same exact lineup from My Favorite Headache (especially with Ben Mink in the mix in recent times)

J0ckstrapsFTW
December 10th 2015
3685 Comments


holy fuck rip

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
December 10th 2015
15645 Comments


???????

CrazyDiamond7
December 12th 2015
232 Comments


Even if he's not actually retiring, it still sucks that he can never tour with the band anymore. They actually played at my town like 2 years ago and I'm gonna regret not going forever now...

Titan
December 12th 2015
17799 Comments


Rush has been going nonstop since Vapor Trails and he wants his rest. Watch what happens after a 4 year period of no activity. A quick 2 week stadium tour you say? Things change man....

They'll be back.

ShadowRemains
December 13th 2015
24639 Comments


there needs to be a kill post itt

someguest
December 13th 2015
28258 Comments


He's wanted to retire for years, but was afraid to move back home to Canada with that fuckhead Harper in power. Now he feels it's safe to return for good and is doing so.

SgtAenema
January 14th 2016
484 Comments


geddy is saying he is only retiring from touring. even though its kind of a relief that he isnt completely gone, but still retiring from touring sucks as well. what a legendary drummer.

smaugman
January 15th 2016
4230 Comments


your comment seems to say that geddy is retiring from touring, and not peart

Hopelust
March 24th 2016
2658 Comments


"He's wanted to retire for years, but was afraid to move back home to Canada with that fuckhead Harper in power. Now he feels it's safe to return for good and is doing so."

lol


Supaduck0
October 13th 2016
123 Comments


I vote Portnoy in. He lost his band, and he's a bigger Rush fanboy than anyone here.

smaugman
October 13th 2016
4230 Comments


no one can replace peart. no peart no rush



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