Stan Loomis

Neil Peart

Stan LoomisNeil Peart - Stan Loomis has had a strong passion for drums and music since childhood. Along the way, he discovered many notable drummers and rock musicians that inspired his career in music throughout high school and college. One such drummer is Neil Peart who is best known for his legendary drum solos with the band Rush.

Like Stan Loomis, Neil Peart’s passion for drums began at a young age when he started taking drum lessons at age thirteen. While working at his father’s farm equipment dealership, Neil Peart played the drums part-time for various local bands. During the summer of 1974, he decided to audition for an unknown band from Toronto. At age 21, Neil Peart became a part of the band Rush on the eve of their first American release and tour.

Contributing lyrics and a lively personality, Neil Peart helped Rush rise in popularity, gaining measureable success with their fourth album, 2112. The band continued to build on that success with A Farewell to Kings, Hemispheres, and Permanent Waves. Released in February 1981, Moving Pictures became the band’s best selling album in the United States rising to number 3 on the Billboard charts. It remains the band’s most popular and commercially successful studio recording to date. At this point in their career, Rush had earned a reputation for their elaborate and entertaining live shows including Neil Peart’s unforgettable drum solos. Rush was quickly gaining an enduring status as a popular touring rock band. The band continues to have elevated success in both production and musical value as they embark on their 40th anniversary tour this year.

Along with being the primary lyricist for Rush, Neil Peart is also the author of six published books. His first book, The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa, describes Peart’s travels and experiences on a month-long bicycling tour through Cameroon in November 1988. In 2002, Neil Peart shared a more heart wrenching story in his book, Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road. This memoir demonstrates Neil’s feelings of overwhelming sadness and loss of direction after losing both his 19-year-old daughter and wife in less than a year’s time. He writes about his experiences that led him on a 55,000 mile journey across North America on motorcycle. The trip involved a lot of thinking, reminiscing, grieving, and reuniting with friends and family that allowed him to finally find peace.

After this emotional journey, Neil Peart has been able to recover and regain happiness in his life. He now lives with his wife Carrie, daughter Olivia, and golden retriever Winston. Peart along with his bandmates were inducted into the Canadian Songwriter Hall of Fame in 2010, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.