January 10, 2020 – The rock world is in shock today with news of Neil Peart’s death from brain cancer.
He died on January 7th in Santa Monica, California. According to Elliot Mints, a spokesperson for the Peart family, he had been battling the disease for three years.
Peart joined Rush for their second album “Fly by Night” which was released in 1975. He replaced original drummer John Rutsey who we lost in 2008. He was known as one of the greatest drummers of all time. It was common to have Peart show up in the Top three of polls for “All Time Best Drummers” sometimes at #1.
He grew up in Port Dalhousie a suburb of Toronto. – by John Beaudin
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John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 35 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a newsman so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first Elton John album as a teen. In the ’80s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two versions (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.
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