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Sun, Jun 16, 2024

Celebrating the life of Neil Peart on the third anniversary of his death

Sat, Jan 7, 2023@10:58AM | comments

UPDATE - 1/16@1:17PM: Here's video of YYNOT performing Losing It with Jonathan Dinklage on electric violin:

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UPDATE - 1/15@12:55PM: Here's a video of Jason Bittner and YYNOT performing Natural Science:

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UPDATE - 1/9@3:46PM: Here's a rundown of Saturday night's show from, and another from

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Three years ago today, on January 7, 2020, Neil Peart passed away at the age of 67 after a three-year battle with brain cancer. The general public did not become aware of this shocking news until three days later on the afternoon of Friday, January 10, as reported in this CBC article and by other news outlets. Neil and his family managed to keep his illness private, so fans were completely blindsided by the tragic news. To commemorate the occasion, Rush tribute band YYNOT will be hosting a charity concert dubbed Bubba Bash 2023 at the Keswick Theatre outside Philly (Glenside, PA) later this evening. YYNOT has made a name for itself in recent years for being one of the premier Rush tribute bands, as well as a great prog-rock band in their own right with 3 albums of original material under their belt. The show will be "In Celebration of Neil Peart", and feature YYNOT along with special guests Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, etc.), Frank Bello (Anthrax), Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall, Overkill, etc.), Jon Dinklage (Clockwork Angels string ensemble), Joe Bergamini (drum instructor, author, etc.), John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), and Seven Antonopoulos (Opiate for the Masses). All proceeds from the show will go to benefit Cedars Sinai Hospital, and you can send along your donation here. They are also auctioning off some items as described in this Facebook post. They have been posting links to the eBay auctions via their social media, so be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates. For tickets and more information visit the Keswick Theatre website here. Both Rush and Geddy Lee have posted separate tributes to Neil via Instagram as seen below: