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Happy Birthday, Neil Peart!

Neil Peart and Kit

Drummer and lyricist for Rush, Neil Peart was born on this day, September 12th, in 1952. Neil is without a doubt one of the most influential drummers in history, and I’d say that eight out of ten drummers I interview site either him or John Bonham as their primary influence.  Many people aren’t aware that Neil is not only amazing drummer but also an inspiring author who has suffered a ridiculous amount of personal tragedy in his life. In 1997, his teenage daughter died in a car crash and his wife passed away less than year after that.  Soon after losing his family, Peart took a hiatus from Rush and traveled extensively throughout North America on his BMW motorcycle, covering 55,000 miles. After his journey ended, Peart rejoined Rush and wrote the memoir Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road, which I’d recommend reading if you’re looking to gain some perspective on what’s important in life. Neil is now remarried, and he and his wife have a baby daughter. Congratulations and Happy Birthday, Neil! Favorite Rush Song: “Limelight.”

On This Day In Music: July 29th


Here are a  few interesting events that happened on this date in Music, July 29th!

1965: The Beatles’ second movie Help! premiered at the Pavilion Theatre in London.

Led Zeppelin 1973

1973: Led Zeppelin lost $180,000 in cash, income from two concerts at Madison Square Garden, when a thief  stole the band’s safe deposit box from their hotel. The thief was never apprehended nor the money recovered.

Rush 1973

1974: Neil Peart joined Rush, replacing drummer John Rutsey, who left the band due to health problems.

Cass Elliot

1974: Mama Cass Elliot (born Ellen Naomi Cohen) of The Mamas & The Papas died in London of a heart attack shortly after she performed two sold out concerts at the London Palladium. She was 33 years old.