There's not going to be much, if anything, that I can say about Neil Peart that hasn't already been said, or isn't already known, but I would be remiss if I didn't make mention of his sad and untimely passing. Especially as Peart, for me, like legions of other drummers, was a huge early influence. All told, the amount of time I spent playing along to Rush records would surely not be measured in hours, or even days, but likely weeks. As I grew older, other styles of music took my interest, and I eventually got to where I rarely listened to Rush, and never played the tunes. But anytime The Spirit of Radio, Limelight, Free Will, Tom Sawyer, etc., etc. came on the radio I was immediately transported back to the early days of my drumming development, and could play each tune note for note. Regardless of your taste in music, there is no denying Neil Peart's contribution to the drumming world. Generations of drummer would not be the same without him.