John Rutsey, Rush?s founding drummer, dead at 55

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John Rutsey, Rush?s founding drummer, dead at 55

Post by by-tor » Tue May 13, 2008 6:57 am

John Rutsey, Rush?s founding drummer, dead at 55
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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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Post by Soup4Rush » Tue May 13, 2008 7:06 am

RIP John.. :(
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Post by Walkinghairball » Tue May 13, 2008 7:32 am

That sucks.

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Post by Soup4Rush » Tue May 13, 2008 7:34 am

*plays Here Again as a tribute*
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Post by Walkinghairball » Tue May 13, 2008 7:36 am

I won't skip the first album tunes on the Rush radio today.
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Post by Big Blue Owl » Tue May 13, 2008 8:04 am

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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Post by Kares4Rush » Tue May 13, 2008 8:27 am

Oh, man that stinks. :( 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. :(
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Post by Soup4Rush » Tue May 13, 2008 8:37 am

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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Post by Walkinghairball » Tue May 13, 2008 8:55 am

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


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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Post by Soup4Rush » Tue May 13, 2008 9:08 am

you are such a hata :-D :-D

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Post by YYZ30 » Tue May 13, 2008 10:16 am

RIP Drummer man.


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Post by awip2062 » Tue May 13, 2008 11:31 am

Bogus! Fifty-five is too young. :(

Yuck, yuck, yuck.
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Post by ElfDude » Tue May 13, 2008 11:35 am

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. :)
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Post by Middle Kingdom » Tue May 13, 2008 5:09 pm

RIP John.

Too young indeed.
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Post by YYZ30 » Wed May 14, 2008 6:37 am

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. :)
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