Neil Peart biography

Neil Peart

Progressive rock, Composer

1952 –

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Who is Neil Peart?

Neil Ellwood Peart, OC, is a Canadian musician and author. He is the drummer and lyricist for the rock band Rush. Peart has received numerous awards for his musical performances, and is known for his technical proficiency and stamina.

Peart grew up in Port Dalhousie, Ontario. During adolescence, he floated between regional bands in pursuit of a career as a full-time drummer. After a discouraging stint in England to concentrate on his music, Peart returned home, where he joined a local Toronto band, Rush, in the summer of 1974.

Early in his career, Peart's performance style was deeply rooted in hard rock. He drew most of his inspiration from drummers such as Keith Moon and John Bonham, players who were at the forefront of the British hard rock scene. As time passed, however, he began to emulate jazz and big band musicians Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. In 1994, Peart became a friend and pupil of jazz instructor Freddie Gruber. It was during this time that Peart decided to revamp his playing style by incorporating jazz and swing components. Gruber was also responsible for introducing him to the products of Drum Workshop, the company whose products Peart currently endorses.

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Born
Sep 12, 1952
Hamilton
Also known as
  • Neil Ellwood Peart
  • Peart
  • Neil Peart of Rush
  • John Ellwood Taylor
  • Cornelius Ellwood Peart
  • Pratt
  • The Professor
  • Bubba
  • Neil Ellwood Peart, OC
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Nationality
  • Canada
Profession
Education
  • Berklee College of Music
Employment
  • Sabian
Lived in
  • St. Catharines
  • Hagersville

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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