Le 7 janvier dernier s'est éteint Neil Peart, légendaire drummer et parolier du mythique groupe canadien Rush. Considéré comme l'un, sinon le meilleur de tous les temps derrière une batterie, celui qu'on a surnommé "The Professor" a laissé une marque indélébile sur le monde de la musique at large. Mozart de la cymbale, Wayne Gretzky du rythme, Jedi de la percussion, la virtuosité de Peart était reconnue par tous et son influence sur des générations de tapocheux de tambours n'est plus à faire. À l'annonce de son décès, sur les réseaux sociaux, les plus grands noms du rock ont tenu à lui rendre un dernier hommage.
1. Dave Grohl et Taylor Hawkins des Foo Fighters
2. Lars Ulrich et Kirk Hammett de Metallica
Thank you Neil. Thank you for inspiring me and for all your help and advice along the way, especially in the early days when you took the time to talk to a young green Danish drummer about recording, gear and the possibilities that lay ahead... Thank you for what you did for drummers all over the world with your passion, your approach, your principles and your unwavering commitment to the instrument! Rest In Peace.
3. Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons et Peter Criss de KISS
Absolutely Horrible News. Neal Peart has died after fighting brain cancer for years. His later life was filled with so much family tragedy. So, so sad. I’m just shocked. pic.twitter.com/EM4Ea1quaY— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) January 10, 2020
My prayers and condolences to the Peart Family, Fans and Friends. Neil was a kind soul. R.I.P....... Rush Drummer Neil Peart Dead at 67 - Rolling Stone https://t.co/icYz6fnXfE— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) January 10, 2020
4. Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi et Bill Ward de Black Sabbath
Sad to hear of Neil Peart passing. RIP. pic.twitter.com/2iMWJq1uoo— Geezer Butler (@geezerbutler) January 10, 2020
So sorry to hear the news of Neil Peart passing. We’ve lost another one of the greats. RIP. pic.twitter.com/hOr0x4hnDm— Tony Iommi (@tonyiommi) January 11, 2020
Red Barchetta has become even more potent today after the news of your passing.— Bill Ward (@billwarddrums) January 12, 2020
Our condolences to family members, friends, fellow musicians, and the fans. RIP Neil.
Bill Ward pic.twitter.com/YYFQoc13mG
5. Billy Corgan des Smashing Pumpkins
On the passing of Neil Peart, please let me add my voice to the chorus in praising this incredible musician and poet. His influence on the Smashing Pumpkins is indelible: giving us wings to soar with and a road map to ultimately find our own way. There isn't a modern rock drummer alive who hasn't heard him, and spoken his name with a reverence that's reserved for the very few. And as a lyricist, Mr. Peart is without compare. I am forever in his debt, and humbled to say that though I never met him, I feel I knew him as a friend. Which brings to mind his great line, 'I can't pretend a stranger is a long-awaited friend...' May God embrace you, Neil, as His own RIP -William
6. Slash, Matt Sorum, Steven Adler et Duff McKagan de Guns N' Roses
So sad to hear of the passing of the great Neil Peart of Rush. A revolutionary drummer and lyricist. I had the honor to work with him on The Burnin For Buddy sessions in NYC in the 90s , He was so inspiring and supportive of me , I was so nervous being in the room with him, but he was so comfortable to be around and was all about self-expression, no two drummers are alike he said to me and that made me feel at ease to be myself. A lesson I carried on with me to this day. A sweet caring man with depth of character besides his obvious talent as one of the greatest drummers of all time. #ripneilpeart
7. Gary Holt de Slayer
8. John Dolmayan de System of A Down
It is with a heavy heart we say goodbye to an innovator both percussively and lyrically. The world will be a sadder place without him, may he be at peace and rejoin his wife and daughter in the next adventure . Neil , you’ll live forever in our hearts and through the music so dear to so many of us your fans.
9. David Ellefson de Megadeth
This is so incredibly sad. Neil, Geddy & Alex changed my life as a young, aspiring bassist. Neil was the top of the list for rock drummers to me and so many in my generation. Condolences to the family and @rush organization. #rush #neilpeart https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/neil-peart-rush-obituary-936221/
10. Tom Morello de Rage Against The Machine
11. Tom Hamilton d'Aerosmith
Really sorry to hear about Neil Peart’s passing. He was an amazing drummer and made a huge ccontribution to Rock music. All my best to Alex and Geddy.— Tom Hamilton (@THaerosmith) January 10, 2020
12. Flea et Chad Smith des Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Farewell to a king. pic.twitter.com/KeaC2MaPcw— Chad Smith (@RHCPchad) January 11, 2020
En spectacle, les groupes Tool, Dream Theater et Styx ont chacun rendu un hommage à Peart et la ville où il a grandi, St. Catharines en Ontario, songe à installer une statue à son effigie dans son quartier d'enfance.
Repose en paix, GOAT.