Life Rush drummer Neil Peart (67) passed away By weekster Posted on January 11, 2020 1 min read Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Drummer Neil Peart of the Canadian rock band Rush died at the age of 67. This is reported by the Canadian broadcaster CBC. The influential musician and songwriter died Tuesday in Santa Monica, California from the effects of brain cancer, says a family statement. Peart was known for his complicated and instantly recognizable solos. Rush, founded in Toronto in the 70s, had a worldwide fan base and sold millions of records. Peart joined Rush in 1974 when the band also released the first album. It became the best-selling debut album of a Canadian band ever. The major international breakthrough came with the album 2112 from 1976, which they took a more symphonic and progressive path. Songs like Tom Sawyer and ‘The Spirit of Radio have made the band famous. Besides Peart, Rush consisted of Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. The trio was recorded in 1994 in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and joined the American Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. In 2013 the band gave a concert at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam.