neilpeart640 After a series of reports on his physical issues, Rush drummer Neil Peart said that he is retiring from music.

The band have recently wrapped up the R40 tour, with several sources citing Mr. Peart’s health and his struggle with chronic tendonitis as the top factor behind the decision.

Neil tells Drumhead Magazine, “Lately Olivia [Louise, Neil’s daughter] has been introducing me to new friends at school as ‘My dad – he’s a retired drummer.’ True to say, funny to hear.

And it does not pain me to realize that, like all athletes, there comes a time to… take yourself out of the game. I would rather set it aside then face the predicament described in our song Losing It.'”

Bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee previously said about the possibility of Rush touring again, “It doesn’t look good.”

[Dana’s note: As always, thank you to Todd for passing this along.]

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  • RTunes68 on

    Maybe the members of Rush will all replace themselves and will carry on with an all-new lineup…Hold on. I was commenting about a different band.

    • elliot goldberg on

      rtunes68, I know the band you’re commenting about: the replacements

  • J J on

    The best 2nd drummer a well known band has had. Neil is an excellent musician who pays attention to detail and it comes through clearly in the music. In my opinion, he is a drummer who keeps the tempo and song dynamics true to the studio recording in a live setting. Neil, smart move to move forward in life, hope some other bands of the era take note of your well thought out decision and realize when it’s time to move on and call it quits.

    • Taskerofpuppets on

      I agree with you sediments. Time for METALLICA to hang it up in this decade.

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