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John Rutsey, Original Rush Drummer, Dead


Original Rush drummer John Rutsey died this past weekend at the age of 55, according to Toronto radio station Q107. Rutsey’s death was announced by Rush’s management company, Anthem Management. The cause of death was not disclosed. Rutsey and guitarist Alex Lifeson formed Rush in 1968, with bassist/singer Geddy Lee joining a short time later. Rutsey played on the band’s self-titled 1974 debut album, but left the group due to health concerns. A diabetic, Rutsey was unable to commit to long-term touring and elected to step down.

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Rush Album News – Live and Studio!

Source: Reuters

Canadian power-rock trio Rush hopes to start work on a new studio album next year, but will serve up a double helping of live material before then.

First up, on April 15, is “Snakes & Arrows Live,” which features such rarities as “Circumstances” and “Entre Nous,” tunes the band had never performed on stage before last year.

Lifeson said he and bandmates Geddy Lee and Neil Peart are also thinking a bit about a follow-up to last year’s studio release “Snakes & Arrows,” which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

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Banging away on Neil’s kit for research

To prepare for an upcoming role, Rainn Wilson (aka Dwight Schrute in NBC’s The Office) the actor practiced on Neil Peart’s (yes, THAT Neil Peart) kit in Winnipeg.

… I got to see them on their warmup for their tour and got to meet Neil Peart, who probably is the greatest drummer of all time,” Wilson said. “He let me sit behind his kit and play it. So I was initiated in the world of drumming.”

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Neil Peart’s “The Heart and Soul of a Drumset”

We’ve just stumpled across a new feature over at Written by Rush drummer, Neil Peart, “The Heart and Soul of a Drumset” is Neil’s take on new and different products from DW. This first installment talks of Peart’s BD choice and the development of the new 23″ kick. Definitely worth the read. We’ll keep you posted as new installments come out …

Update: this feature appears in the May 2008 issue of Drum! magazine as a 2 page ad.