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Former Rush producer Rupert Hine has passed away at the age of 72

Fri, Jun 5, 2020@8:19PM | comments

The sad news came out earlier today that British producer and songwriter Rupert Hine has passed away at the age of 72. Hine produced Rush's Presto and Roll the Bones albums. Rush put out the following statement via social media earlier this evening:

In the wee hours of this morning our dear friend and super talented musician, songwriter, and producer of two Rush albums, Presto and Roll The Bones, sadly passed away.

Roop was always such an upbeat, unflappable and all around lovely "chap" to work with and to be around. His influence on our music and on our attitude towards enjoying life was profound and he shall be sorely missed by so many.

There are still many of his very "British" expressions that have made their way permanently into our lexicon and we can see his smiling face and the twinkle in his eye whilst saying, "Jolly D!!"

RIP dear "Roop"...We love you man!

A couple of years ago, Hine was interviewed for the Hustle podcast, and at one point he talks for about 10-15 minutes about his involvement with Rush as producer, discussing his reluctance to work with the band at first, working with Geddy Lee on his vocals, the band's intelligence and sense of humor, Neil Peart's drumming, and more. You can listen to the podcast at this location and the Rush bit comes in during the 3rd hour at about the 2:14:05 mark. RIP.