Musician known to be the drummer and lyricist from the rock band Hurry. He was inducted in to the Contemporary Drummer publication Hall of Popularity in 1983. He discovered to try out the drums when he was fourteen years of age. He relocated to London, Britain to be able to go after music, but came back to Canada. He’s created several nonfiction books about travel, like the Masked Rider: Biking in Western Africa. He was wedded to Jacqueline Taylor from 1975 to 1998, after that he wedded Carrie Nuttall in 2000. He offers two daughters called Selena and Olivia. He and Alex Lifeson possess performed together within Rush.
Nominations Juno Award for Songwriter of the Year, Juno Jack Richardson Producer of the Year Award, Gemini Award for Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series, Audie Award for Multi-voiced Performance
Movies Adventures of Power, Rush in Rio, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, Time Stand Still, Classic Albums: Rush: 2112 & Moving Pictures, Rush: Grace Under Pressure, Rush: A Show of Hands, Rush: Working Men
Star Sign Virgo
When Neil started traveling by motorcycle between shows, his riding partner was his best friend Brutus. However, Brutus's criminal record, which culminated in 1999 with a charge of transporting marijuana over a national border, got him banned for life from entering the United States. For this reason, Michael Mosbach, a security expert whom Neil met after moving to California, became his new riding partner in North America, while Brutus is his riding partner in Europe and other continents. (While Brutus could conveniently be his riding partner in Canada or Mexico, Rush's tour itinerary rarely includes Mexico, and if so, it's a one-off show like in 2002, while Canadian dates, as of late, are almost never strung together in a row.).
Suffered a motorcycle accident in September 2010 in NE Pennsylvania when he hit a patch of freshly laid asphalt and went sliding off his bike. He was not badly hurt, but was limping for a day or two afterwards and was able to perform the next night in Pittsburgh without any problems. He did not speak of the accident until five years later, when he had retired from touring, out of fear he would no longer be allowed to tour by motorcycle due to insurance reasons.
Until the mid-90s, when he took lessons from Freddie Gruber, Neil played the drums with the "butt" ends of the sticks. This was out of force of habit from his youth when the tips of his sticks would break off and he couldn't afford to replace them.
Neil, Alex and Geddy are in the recording studio working on Rush's new album, to be released early 2007. [November 2006]
Los Angeles, CA, USA: Inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the band Rush. [April 2013]
With Rush, released "Feedback", an EP containing 8 cover songs. This marks the first Rush release wherein the band performs songs other than their own. After "Feedback", Rush embarked on a highly successful Thirtieth Anniversary Tour ("R30" for short). On this tour, the band performed some of the cover songs live -- also a first for them. [June 2004]
Performed with Rush for 450,000 people as part of the Toronto SARStock relief benefit, alongside major bands including AC/DC and The Rolling Stones. Rush was one of the few native Toronto bands to perform at this historic event to herald Toronto's graceful endurance of the SARS scare. [July 2003]
"Vapor Trails" tour with band, Rush. [October 2002]
Touring in support of Rush's latest album, "Snakes & Arrows". [June 2007]
"Contents Under Pressure: 30 Years of Rush at Home and Away" is released. It is an authorized biography of the band, written by Martin Popoff. [June 2004]
Hot on the heels of their triumphant 2002 tour, 2003 DVD, and benefit performance for 450,000 at the 2003 SARS benefit, Rush has announced plans to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their current lineup with a celebratory tour. Planned shows include their first visits to Europe since 1992. [December 2003]
Neil, along with other Rush members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in February 2013.
Has had two children; Selena Taylor (b. 1978 d. 1997), and Olivia Louise Peart (b. 2009).
In addition to drumming for Rush, he is also the band's primary lyricist.
Has played on every post-1974 Rush recording. The only album on which he didn't appear was the self-titled debut.
Became good friends with Trey Parker and Matt Stone (South Park) during the time chronicled in his book "Ghost Rider." The animation team created an intro for Rush's hit "Tom Sawyer" featuring Cartman, Kyle, Stan & Kenny, which was played each night on the 2007 Snakes & Arrows tour.
"Overtly" Canadian, he moved his primary residence to Los Angeles, California after marrying Carrie Nuttall, and returns to Canada for writing and recording.
Rides a motorcycle (along with the band's security manager) in between each venue. In the 80s, he would do this on a bicycle.
Close friends with actor Nicholas Cage.
Took piano lessons as a child, but eventually started calling in sick and spending the lesson money on candy bars.
Since the death of his daughter and wife in 1997-1998, has declined to be interviewed or to appear at many meet and greets with the band.
Lost his wife and daughter in a span of 10 months. His daughter Selena was killed in an auto accident, shortly afterwards his wife Jacqueline succumbed to breast cancer
Grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario. His song, Lakeside Park, is about his summers at the beach in Port Dalhousie, Ontario.
On February 26, 1997, he and his bandmates Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson became the first rock musicians to be inducted into the prestigious position of Officers of the Order of Canada. This is the highest honor bestowed upon a civilian by the Canadian government. According to the Ottawa Sun, "The award was given as much for their community service as for their contribution to the arts. They have raised over $1 million for food banks and the United Way."
Dropped out of High School.
Has written 3 books as of April, 2005: "The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa" (1996), "Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road" (2002), and "Traveling Music: Playing Back the Soundtrack to My Life and Times" (2004).
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I still don't like seeing myself on the screen! I don't like to hear myself talk, I don't want to look at myself, and I'll probably never watch this video!
I honestly don't see anything wrong with playing drums leading with the left hand.
Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.
To get nostalgic about other people's music, or even about your own, makes a terrible statement about the condition of your life and your prospects for the future. I have no patience with that kind of attitude, whether it's on radio or among friends. [from an interview in 1986]
Anytime I have an idea, I'll make sure that I put it down so that when we do sit down to write an album, I don't have to dream it all out of thin air. I don't have to be creative on the spur of the moment, or spontaneously artistic. I just take advantage of whenever creativity strikes.
I don't like lyrics that are just thrown together, that were obviously written as you went along, or the song was already written and the guy made up the lyrics in five minutes.