Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins have each issued statements paying tribute to Rush drummer Neil Peart who died January 7 at age 67 from Glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.
Grohl and Hawkins had the honor of inducting Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 and delivering one of the most memorable induction speeches in recent Rock Hall history.
Grohl said the following in his statement: “Today, the world lost a true giant in the history of rock and roll. An inspiration to millions with an unmistakable sound who spawned generations of musicians (like myself) to pick up two sticks and chase a dream. A kind, thoughtful, brilliant man who ruled our radios and turntables not only with his drumming, but also his beautiful words.
I still vividly remember my first listen of ‘2112’ when I was young. It was the first time I really listened to a drummer. And since that day, music has never been the same. His power, precision, and composition was incomparable. He was called ‘The Professor’ for a reason: We all learned from him.
Thank you, Neil for making our lives a better place with your music. You will be forever remembered and sorely missed by all of us. And my heartfelt condolences to the Rush family.”
Hawkins succinctly added the following: “Neil Peart had the hands of God. End of story.”