From All The Lives You Left Your Mark Upon: Remembering Neil Peart on the Anniversary of his Death
Suddenly -- you were gone. From all the lives you left your mark upon
That lyrical excerpt Neil Peart penned for the song Afterimage, which appeared on Rush's Grace Under Pressure album from 1984, has echoed continuously for Rush fans across the globe over the past year. Even as we mark the first anniversary of Neil Peart's passing today, the very notion of his death still seems surreal and unimaginable for so many of us. It's a profound testament to the overwhelming influence Neil's body of work, from his lyrical genius to his percussive prowess, has had on countless fans.
Over the past year, Rush fans have gathered - virtually - to celebrate Neil's life with stories of concert gatherings, discussions on the deeper nature of his lyrics, personal (and rare) contacts with Neil, and of course the powerhouse performances behind the kit that he came to be (largely) known for. While we jointly mourned his passing, we collectively appreciated the fact that we had the opportunity to know Neil through his exploits with Rush.
As most fans know, there have been numerous tributes made to the Professor over the past year which have solidified our appreciation of the man, while also serving to help heal the wound of his loss. As we move forward through life, we will continue to remember Neil in our own unique way. To that end, for this remembrance post, I wanted to showcase photos of Neil as he appeared throughout the years - specifically with images of him from all of Rush's Tour Books. His appearance changed as time marched on through the years, but his fierce determination to offer up the very best that he had when sitting behind the kit or pen, never waivered.
Enjoy this retrospective look at the man while you remember and celebrate all that he was.
The Debut Album Tour Book
The Fly By Night Tour Book
The Caress of Steel Tour Book
The 2112 Tour Book
The A Farewell to Kings Tour Book
The Hemispheres Tour Book
The Permanent Waves Tour Book
The Moving Pictures Tour Book
The Signals Tour Book
The Grace Under Pressure Tour Book
The Power Windows Tour Book
The Hold Your Fire Tour Book
The Presto Tour Book
The Roll the Bones Tour Book
The Counterparts Tour Book
The Test for Echo Tour Book
The Vapor Trails Tour Book
The R30 / Feedback Tour Book
The Snakes & Arrows Tour Book
The Snakes & Arrows Live Tour Book
The Time Machine Tour Book
The Clockwork Angels Tour Book
The R40 Tour Book
Yes, Neil Peart truly did leave his mark upon all of us. RIP Professor.