1/10/20: RIP NEIL PEART
Shocking sad tragic news today with the announcement that Neil Peart has passed away. Like most I have been a lifelong Rush fan and been lucky throughout my career to do many interviews with the guys. But only once with Neil and it was for a TV shoot for VH1 Classic back in 2006. It’s amazing because over the years so many have asked me about that interview because Neil did so few for TV one on one. It’s something I’ve always felt so lucky and grateful to have done and it couldn’t have been a better day. He was such a grounded, nice, wonderful guy above and beyond the incredibly brilliant drummer and writer he also was. Like many I held out hope maybe one day we would hear him play again having no idea what he was battling. Neil, and the entire Rush family and management have endured some really sad losses over the decades, made even sadder by the fact that they are all such nice people. My recent all Rush holiday special is re airing tonight on Q104.3 NYC and streaming on the free IHeartRadio app 11P-2A ET. My next live show on SiriusXM Volume 106 on Monday 2-4P ET will be dedicated to talking about Neil with some guests calling in. Condolences to his family, friends, many fans, Geddy & Alex, and the entire Rush office. RIP Neil Peart. We will never see the likes of him again.