Rush’s Geddy Lee Praises The Four Drummers Replacing Neil Peart
Over the years, band members feel like ‘family’ to one another, and losing a bandmate is always hard. When Rush drummer Neil Peart passed away in 2020 after losing his battle with cancer, they announced their disbandment out of respect.
However, during the tribute shows for Taylor Hawkins, Geddy Lee had the opportunity to rock the stage once again with four different drummers. In a recent Instagram post, the frontman reflected on the tribute performances, playing with the talented drummers, and Peart’s loss.
The tribute shows for the late Taylor Hawkins enabled various talented musicians to come together and perform. Yet, the concerts were, perhaps, a bit more meaningful for Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson since the musicians empathized with Foo Fighters’ pain through the loss of Neil Peart.
Lee recently performed for the U.S. show of the tribute and reflected on the concert via Instagram. Lee stated that it was an honor for him and Alex ‘Lerxst’ Lifeson to play with their fellow musicians for the memory of Hawkins. He continued by appreciating Jack Black‘s exciting introduction to their set, which let them collaborate with four ‘spectacular’ drummers.
Geddy thanked Dave ‘Super’ Grohl, former Weather Report drummer Omar Hakim, RHCP’s Chad Smith, and Tool’s Danny Carey for their astonishing performances. The musician was happy about the opportunity and appreciated each of the drummer’s musical talents and genius.
The musician wrapped up his statement by wishing Taylor Hawkins to rest in peace. Lee didn’t end his note without mentioning his late bandmate Neil Peart. The musician called Peart his ‘lost brother’ and stated that if both Hawkins and Peart were still here, they would ‘dug the hell’ of the show.
The frontman’s statement regarding the tribute shows and the four drummers:
“For my bestie Lerxst and I, it was a genuine privilege to be two among the many fine musicians gathered together once again to honour the memory of Taylor Hawkins. Another display of love and talent coming from an incredibly diverse array of performers. On this night in LA at the Forum, after sharing his heartfelt memories of Taylor, the inimitable Jack Black launched into a rousing introduction to our set.
Which, over the course of these two shows allowed us the good fortune to play with four absolutely spectacular drummers. ‘Super’ Dave Grohl, Omar Hakim, Chad Smith, and Danny Carey… All I can say is effin wow! Thank you all for sharing your talent and genuine wonderfulness. Rest In Peace, Hawk. I know that both you and our own lost brother would have dug the hell out of it.”
Check out some of the pictures Lee posted below.
Photo Credit: Geddy Lee – Instagram