Born on September
12, 1952 in Canada.
Neil Peart was born on September 12, 1952 in
Canada. He began drumming at age 13. He dropped out of high
school and moved to London, however, he soon decided he disliked
the music scene there and in 1974 moved back to Canada. He then
replaced John Rutsey as the drummer for Rush, completing the
trio. And that is how the band has remained for the rest of
their music career. He brought a new edge to the band in his
playing and especially in his lyrics. Neil writes not only
lyrics but also has written 2 books, Radiance Over the Rockies
and The Masked Rider. Neil has also produced Burning for Buddy:
A Tribute to the Music of Buddy Rich, Vol.1 and 2. Neil's awards
include Modern Drummer's "Best Rock Drummer" for 9
years straight ('80 - '88), "Best Multipercussionist"
for 4 straight years ('83 - '86), and is in MD's Hall of
Fame. Neil along with Rush has 8 Juno awards, 2 Grammy
nominations, and the Order of Canada. On a sad note, Neil has
recently lost his wife to cancer, six months before that his
daughter in a tragic automobile accident.