So this friend of mine emails me Rush news every other year or so, and that's pretty much our communication these days. Last week, I get this succint email:
John Rutsey is dead.
For the uninitiated, John Rutsey was the original drummer for Rush. He played on the first album, which was released in 1974, and left the band afterwards for health reasons. Neal Peart was brought on to be the replacement drummer, and that lineup continues today. Here's a track from that first album, R.I.P. dude.
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