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So sad to hear about Neil Peart

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I was driving home from work Friday afternoon when "breaking news" came over the radio.  I was crushed.  Even got some tears in my eyes.  Neil remains my all-time favorite drummer from my all-time favorite band.  I joined my first band and played my first paying gig back in 1977 when I was just 12 years old, and that's around  when I heard Rush for the first  time.  I was hooked and inspried.  First Rush concert I attended was Signals in spring 1983.  After that, I saw them in the area of 45- 50 times.  I was second row for Time Machine and I'm on the DVD, and I think I'm also on the R40 DVD.  Although Geddy and Alex had been saying Neil was not only retired from music but retired from drumming altogether, I remained hopeful they'd do a couple more studio albums with no tour or a very limited tour, or perhaps do a residency somewhere like Vegas or Toronto, but it was not meant to be.  Neil was a very private individual, and they did a remarkable job of keeping his illness and death largely a secret until they were ready to share it with the world.  God Bless You, Neil, and thank you for sharing your incredible talent with the world.

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