WATCH: Lawrence Gowan Pays Tribute To Neil Peart
Lawrence Gowan paid tribute to his fellow Canadian musician Neil Peart during a Styx concert on Friday, only hours after news of Peart’s death rocked the music world.
The 63-year-old singer, sitting alone at a keyboard, performed about 90 seconds of Rush’s 1981 track “Limelight.” Gowan then told the audience at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix: “Thank you to one of the greatest drummers and certainly one of the all-time greatest lyricists, Neil Peart.”
On Facebook, Styx drummer Todd Sucherman said Gowan played “Limelight” just before doing the Styx classic “Come Sail Away.” He shared: “I was off stage down a hallway listening to this beautiful tribute. From my vantage point I couldn’t see Lawrence (as the stage was spinning.) All I could see was my drum kit spinning alone in the centre of the stage as this song played, and for me… it was a moment.”
Gowan, who had hits in the ‘80s like “Criminal Mind” and “Strange Animal,” has been fronting Styx since 1999.
Watch fan footage of the tribute below:
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