- One of the few drummers in the world that can own a 40-piece kit and not be totally lambasted as a complete, useless nerd.
Peart, who joined the band in 1974 after the departure of original drummer John Rutsey, took over lyrical duties from bassist and primary vocalist Geddy Lee, despite Lee's penning of the first LP. Although remaining close to the blues rock heard on tracks like "Working Man," once Peart took over Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson were free to explore the multi-movement, free song structure techniques that would make them one of the leading rock bands in the world.
Citing his young family and age as influencing factors in his decision, Peart was quoted saying, “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,'" which states, "Sadder still to watch it die, than never to have known it."
For 40 years of otherworldly monster rock, we thank you, Neil.