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U.S. Army Band Pays Tribute To Neil Peart

A U.S. Amry band performed a rendition of Rush’s “Time Stand Still” to pay tribute to the band’s late drummer and lyricist Neil Peart.

Neil Peart has influenced countless fans across the world. Including some members of the U.S. Army. The band Pershing’s Own has covered Rush’s “Time Stand Still” in honor of Peart.

In January 2020, Neil Peart passed away from a form of brain cancer. The news came as a shock for many as his condition was kept secret from the public. Considered to be one of the greatest rock drummers of all time, Peart inspired many with his music and technical ability.

In the description of the video posted to YouTube, the band explains their motivation behind the song.

When SFC Tim Whalen heard the news, he was shocked and saddened. As a lifelong RUSH fan, he felt compelled to do something to honor Neil and the band that has meant so much in his own life. He immediately knew the song “Time Stand Still” would be the perfect choice.

SFC Whalen reflects, “The lyrics to this song have always resonated deeply with me, and they show Neil’s heart. I wanted to showcase the deep humanity he had in his writing. The song is about life moving too fast, due to both things we can control and things we can’t, and the desire to hold onto something just a little longer. This is such a universal message, whether it be children growing up too fast, a loved one dying, or a soldier leaving home wondering if they’ll ever see their family again.”