The music world is reeling from the news announced today that Rush drummer Neil Peart died on Tuesday after a three-and-a-half-year battle with brain cancer. A variety of artists from across the rock spectrum have paid homage to Peart with messages posted on their Twitter feeds.
Here are some of the tributes:
Billy Corgan: “[Peart’s] influence on the Smashing Pumpkins is indelible: giving us wings to soar with and a road map to ultimately find our own way. There isn’t a modern rock drummer alive who hasn’t heard him, and spoken his name with a reverence that is reserved for the very few. And as a lyricist, Mr. Peart is without compare. I am forever in his debt, and humbled to say that though I never met him, I feel I knew him as a friend. Which brings to mind his great line, ‘I can’t pretend a stranger is a long-awaited friend…’ May God embrace you, Neil, as His own.”
Bryan Adams: “RIP Neil Peart drummer for Canadian rock band #Rush Condolences to his family and fellow band members Geddy and Alex.”
KISS‘ Gene Simmons: “My prayers and condolences to the Peart Family, Fans and Friends. Neil was a kind soul. R.I.P.”
KISS‘ Paul Stanley: “Absolutely Horrible News. [Neil] Peart has died after fighting brain cancer for years. His later life was filled with so much family tragedy. So, so sad. I’m just shocked.”
KISS‘ Tommy Thayer: “So sad to hear about Neil Peart passing. My deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans.”
Jane’s Addiction‘s Stephen Perkins: “Long Live Neil Peart”
Brian Wilson: “I just heard about Neil Peart passing. I feel real bad about this – he was way too young. Neil was one of the great drummers and he’ll be missed. Love & mercy to Neil’s family.”
Metallica‘s Kirk Hammett: “RIP to a master”
Journey‘s Arnel Pineda: “DeepCondolences to #GeddyLee & #AlexLifeson for the passing of their beloved brother #NeilPeart…may he #RestInPeace #RushForever #RushBand”
Poison‘s Rikki Rockett: “Godspeed #neilpeart. You will always be the Professor On The Drum Kit. R.I.P. and may God bless your legacy.”
Megadeth‘s David Ellefson: “What an incredibly sad moment. Neil, Geddy & Alex changed my life as a young aspiring musician. Condolences to the family and @rushtheband organization.”
Richard Marx: “RIP #NeilPeart You were a sensational musician, and a wonderful writer (everyone should read Ghost Rider) but best of all, you were a great friend to my brother from another mother @VerticalHorizon Rest easy. Matt [Scannell of Vertical Horizon] will proudly honor your memory.”
Marx is referring to the fact that Peart co-wrote a song on Vertical Horizon’s 2009 album Burning the Days and also drummed on three of the album’s tracks.
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