Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Death Of The Most Irrelevant Drummer Since Pete Best.

John Rutsey just died at the age of 55. Who's John Rutsey, no one asks? He was the original drummer of the Canadian ProgRock band, Rush. He was an original member of Rush, he even preceded Lead singer Geddy Lee joining the band.

He played in the band until after Rush released their first eponymously named debut album. He quit due to his health and was replaced by the great Neil Peart. Since Neil Peart is considered one of the best drummers of all time and is Rush's main lyricist this put John Rutsey as one of the most forgotten rock and roll figures.

It doesn't take a devote Rush fan to tell the stark difference in sound from Rush's first album and any album that followed. The first album sounds like derivative Zeppelin while the others sound more uniquely Rush.

Rest In Peace.

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