Ghost Cult’s Top 10 Stories of 2020


Here are the top stories on www.GhostCultMag.com in 2020:

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Neil Peart Drumset Scholarship Announced By Hudson Music


Hudson Music has announced The Neil Peart Drumset Scholarship, in tribute to Neil Peart the late Rush drum legend who passed away earlier in 2020. They made the announcement over social media. Applications begin in March 2021 through the Percussive Arts Society (PAS.org). PAS (Percussive Arts Society) will annually award four drummers the opportunity for online drumset lessons from well-known artists/educators. Peart died on January 7 in Santa Monica, California after a three-year battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. He was 67 years old. Check out the post here and read our tribute to Neil here. Continue reading


Watch Members of Tool, Primus, Mastodon and Coheed and Cambria Team Up For Cover of Rush’s “Anthem”



Danny Carey (TOOL), Les Claypool (Primus), Claudio Sanchez (Coheed And Cambria), Bill Kelliher (Mastodon), Stephen Brodsky (Mutoid Man, Cave In) and Jordan Olds (a.k.a. Gwarsenio Hall) have teamed up to record a quarantine cover version of RUSH’s “Anthem” as part of “Two Minutes To Late Night’s cover series. The video, which was edited by Drew Kaufman, can be seen below. RUSH drummer Neil Peart died at age 67 on January 7th after a three-year battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.

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Watch Mike Portnoy and Stu Hamm Cover Rush’s “YYZ” for David Z Fundraiser


Progressive Music legend Mike Portnoy (Sons Of Apollo, Dream Theater) has teamed up with bassist Stu Hamm, guitarist Paulie Z and keyboardist Walter Ino to record a cover version of the RUSH classic “YYZ”, filmed while they were in quarantine. The clip was premiered this past Tuesday (July 14) as part of the David Z Foundation’s third annual fundraising campaign livestream. This past January, Portnoy shot down rumors that he will tour with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson as the replacement for late RUSH drummer Neil Peart. Peart died on January 10th. Watch the clip here.Continue reading


A Letter to Neil Peart


Dear Neil,

I’m writing this letter and Permanent Waves is playing in the background. You don’t know me and, with your passing on the 7th January 2020, I guess we will have to make our acquaintance in the next life.Continue reading


Surviving Members of Rush Comment on Neil Peart’s Death, Other Rockers React


As new spreads around the globe of the passing of drumming and Progressive Music Giant Neil Peart, reactions have been swift and the outpouring deep. Beginning with a statement from Rush band members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, many icons of the music world themselves, including many great Canadians, commented on the profound impact Peart had on us all. Fans have joined in the world over with their tributes as well. We’ll have more information about this tragic and terrible loss for the music world as it develops. Continue reading