Neil Peart
Neil Ellwood Peart OC
Order of Canada
The Order of Canada is a Canadian national order, admission into which is, within the system of orders, decorations, and medals of Canada, the second highest honour for merit...

, is a Canadian musician and author. He is the drummer for the rock band Rush
Rush (band)
Rush is a Canadian rock band formed in August 1968, in the Willowdale neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario. The band is composed of bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer and lyricist Neil Peart...


Peart grew up in Port Dalhousie, Ontario (now part of St. Catharines). During adolescence, he floated from regional band to regional band in pursuit of a career as a full-time drummer. After a discouraging stint in England to concentrate on his music, Peart returned home, where he joined a local Toronto
Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario and the largest city in Canada. It is located in Southern Ontario on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. A relatively modern city, Toronto's history dates back to the late-18th century, when its land was first purchased by the British monarchy from...

 band, Rush, in the summer of 1974.

Early in his career, Peart's performance style was deeply rooted in hard rock
Hard rock
Hard rock is a loosely defined genre of rock music which has its earliest roots in mid-1960s garage rock, blues rock and psychedelic rock...


You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice,But if you choose not to decide you still have made a choice.- Freewill

The men who hold high placesMust be the ones who startTo mold a new realityCloser to the heart.- Closer To The Heart

No his mind is not for rentTo any god or governmentAlways hopeful, yet discontentBut He knows changes aren't permanentBut change is. - Tom Sawyer

Live for yourself, there's no one else more worth living forBegging hands and bleeding hearts will only cry out for more - Anthem

Wave after waveWill flow with the tideAnd bury the world as it doesTide after tideWill flow and recedeLeaving life to go onAs it was... - Natural Science

You don't get something for nothingYou can't have freedom for free.You won't get wiseWith the sleep still in your eyesNo matter what your dream might be. - Something for Nothing Category:Authors|Peart, Neil

No hero in your tragedy,No daring in your escape,No salutes for your surrender,Nothing noble in your fate,Christ, what have you done? - The Pass

All the same we take our chances,Laughed at by time, tricked by circumstances,Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose,The more that things change, the more they stay the same. - Circumstances

I'm not looking back, but i want to look around me now. - Time Stand Still

Today is different, and tomorrow the same.It's hard to take the world the way that it came.Too many rapids keep us sweeping along.Too many captains keep steering us wrong.It's hard to take the heat.It's hard to lay blame.To fight the fire, while we're feeding the flames. - Second Nature