Social media is being flooded with tributes to the Rush drummer Neil Peart, who passed away on Friday at age 67.
One of those tributes comes from Dave Grohl, with the Foo Fighters frontman offering a eulogy on Facebook.
“Today the world lost a true giant in the history of rock & roll,” Grohl wrote. “An inspiration to millions with an unmistakable sound who spawned generations of musicians (like myself) to pick up two sticks and chase a dream. A kind, thoughtful, brilliant man who ruled our radios and turntables not only with his drumming, but also his beautiful words.”
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Grohl continued: “I still vividly remember my first listen of 2112 when I was young. It was the first time I really listened to a drummer. And since that day, music has never been the same. His power, precision, and composition was incomparable. He was called ‘The Professor’ for a reason: We all learned from him.”
Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins also offered a brief tribute: “Neil Peart had the hands of God,” he wrote. “End of story.”
Grohl, former drummer for Nirvana, and Hawkins inducted Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 2013. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Grohl reminisced about meeting Peart for the first time during rehearsals for the ceremony.
“I was coming to rehearsal and I was meeting Neil for the first time, and this man was as influential as any religion or any hero or any person in someone’s life,” Grohl recalled. “He said, ‘So nice to meet you. Can I make you a coffee?’ And he made me a coffee, man. And later on that night, I went to dinner and had a couple glasses of wine, and I started f**king crying because my hero made me a f**king coffee. It was unbelievable, man. So that’s kind of how this whole experience has been.”