Neil Peart Turns 60 Today

Neil Peart Turns 60
Today marks the 60th birthday of Rush Drummer and Lyricist Extraordinaire Neil Peart. Neil (born Neil Ellwood Peart) came into the world on September 12th in 1952 Hamilton, Ontario.

He grew up in Port Dalhousie, Ontario, Canada (now part of St. Catharines) working the occasional odd job including the role of a Parts Manager for his father Tractor Supply company. His true ambition, however, was to become a professional musician. During adolescence, he floated from regional band to regional band and dropped out of high school to pursue a career as a full-time drummer. After a discouraging stint in England to concentrate on his music, Peart returned home, where he joined local Toronto band Rush in the summer of 1974.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Join me in wishing Neil a very Happy Birthday - and many happy returns.


  1. Hope i have the same amount of energy and zest for life as Neil when i reach the big 6 0!!
    Happy birthday!
    May 24th can't come quick enough!!

  2. HBD. Professor Peart.
    Love you guys man.
    C.....Delta, B.C.

  3. You are so awesome, I hope you've had a spectacular day and many more to come! I can hardly wait for Sept. 30th in Edmonton!!! The first two Rush songs I ever heard were Tom Sawyer and Red Barchetta in 1981 when I was 11 and that moment has changed my life forever.

  4. Happy Birthday Prarr:) Ladies and Gentlemen the Professor on the Drumkit!

  5. Happy Birthday Neal!
    I hope you get to read a book, ride your bike, see/talk to your family while on this tour, and simply be you and enjoy yourself on this day! See you Saturday!!


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