Rush Drummer Neil Peart Reveals When He Went Broke


Iconic Rush drummer Neil Peart revealed how he recently went broke in this unearthed excerpt from the foreword of “The History of Canadian Rock”. Here, Peart explains how as children, the pay was certainly hard to come by! Rush member makes ‘kidney disease’ revelation.

Peart writes: “It must have been the summer of 1964, so I was going on twelve. A group of four or five families from our neighborhood was living in a ragtag cluster of tents at Morgan’s Point, on the Ontario shore of Lake Erie. We were all camping there together for a few weeks that summer, while our dads commuted to St. Catharines for work. It was a boyhood ambiance of sunburns, mosquito bites, campfires, a warm, shallow lake with a threatened undertow, playing coureurs de bois in the woods, and a first kiss under the sumacs.”

This Rush member made a bold Rock Hall of Fame Demand earlier in the month. He continues: “One evening some of us kids were gathered outside the dance pavilion. We were too young to go in, and couldn’t have paid anyway (to have a quarter of your own was a big deal then), but stood nearby to listen. Who can now imagine such a remote time, pre-everything, when a man could remember the first time he ever heard rock music? (And if that makes me “old,” I’m comfortable with it-proud of it. If a youngster tells me he was born in any later decade, my only response is sympathy: “You missed so much.”)”

Peart concluded: “According to the posters, they were called The Morticians. They were pictured in long-tailed suits and top hats, and the battered hearse they and their gear traveled in was parked outside. My first impression of live rock music was that it was loud-surprise. They probably had a bunch of fifty-watt amps, but I’d only ever heard Dad’s hi-fi, the car radio’s single speaker, and the little transistor pressed up to my ear at night. The guitars were brash, jangly and warmly, voices echoey and unintelligible, something low was rumbling the walls, and I couldn’t understand why the drums sounded so metallic-not knowing what cymbals were. But the drumming sure galvanized my attention.”

In other Rush literature news, Geddy Lee announced new signing dates for his book – ‘The Big Beautiful Book of Bass’ in the following cities. Lee wrote the following via Instagram. This Rush singer Geddy Lee sad boat accident was just revealed.

Hey there all you Bass Folk along the Eastern Seaboard.. the Official (yet..increasingly random) BBBoB Book Tour is braving the weather to visit a few cities before Santa arrives… So New Yorkers, Pittsburghers (or Yinzers if you prefer) and Haligonians (love that word) Come on down for a book, a quick chat, and a fist bump.”