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John Rutsey, Rush?s founding drummer, dead at 55
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 6:57 am    Post subject: John Rutsey, Rush?s founding drummer, dead at 55 Reply with quote

John Rutsey, Rush?s founding drummer, dead at 55
By Jason Ward - Q107 Classic Rock
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John Rutsey, a founding member of Toronto rock band Rush, passed away this weekend according to Rush management company Anthem Entertainment. He was 55.

Rutsey was famous for playing on Rush?s 1974 debut album, including the song ?In The Mood,? before deciding to leave the group due to health concerns. Rutsey suffered from diabetes and was unable to go on extended tours with the group.

Rutsey was replaced by dummer Neil Peart, which marked a turning point in the band?s sound towards progressive rock.

Rush formed in 1968 in Toronto and was originally composed of guitarist Alex Lifeson, bassist Jeff Jones (who shortly thereafter was replaced by Geddy Lee) and Rutsey.

According to a 1989 interview with Alex Lifeson on the Rockline Radio program quoted by Wikipedia.org, Rutsey, ?gave up playing (drums) shortly after he left the band and went into bodybuilding. He competed on an amateur level for a while, doing that for a few years.?

As of Monday afternoon, no official statement has been released on a cause of death, nor plans for a memorial service.

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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RIP John.. Sad
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sucks.

RIP Mr. Rutsey
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

*plays Here Again as a tribute*
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I won't skip the first album tunes on the Rush radio today.
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seemingly young at 55, but diabetes can get you from many angles (still no confirmation on cause of death, but...)

R.I.P. dude.


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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, man that stinks. Sad RIP Mr. Rutsey.

It's odd his name came up from a kid caller on the Rockline interview recently. The guys were very "clipped" about him, almost hostile. Maybe they were just sick of the questions.

Anyway, Ugh. Sad
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ya know.. Here Again just plain ole rocks.. I really love the debut album.. I know a lot don't, but I find myself listening to it quite a bit.
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like I said I won't skip thru the 1st album today............but I will skip any and all from feedback.


A few weeks ago we went to Seattle for Marn's cousins funeral. He was the same age as marn's mom, (almost 60), and marn's dad and he were like brothers. He suffered with Diabetes for the last 10 years.
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

you are such a hata

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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RIP Drummer man.


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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bogus! Fifty-five is too young. Sad

Yuck, yuck, yuck.
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He's probably having a great time though at that big jam session on the other side with Hendrix, Lennon, Harrison, Orbisson, and all the others. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RIP John.

Too young indeed.
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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 6:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ElfDude wrote:
He's probably having a great time though at that big jam session on the other side with Hendrix, Lennon, Harrison, Orbisson, and all the others. Smile


You forgot Entwistle. Cool
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