Neil Peart Remarries, Rush To Record In Early 2001

By Sorelle Saidman,, September 20, 2000

Rush fans, rejoice! Drummer Neil Peart has remarried. Peart tied the knot with photographer Carrie Nuttall in a small private ceremony Sept. 9 in Montecito, Calif., near Santa Barbara. The couple is planning a larger reception for Oct. 8, also in Southern California, the bride's home region.

Peart has been on a long hiatus from Rush since the death of his daughter in a car accident in 1997 and the loss of his wife to cancer less than a year later. The drummer is now expected to re-join bandmates Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson in a Toronto studio early in 2001 to record a new Rush album, the trio's first since 1996's Test for Echo.

Meanwhile, Lee has recorded a solo album, My Favorite Headache, now scheduled for release Nov. 14 on Atlantic. The album features Lee primarily on bass and vocals, k.d. lang cohort Ben Mink on guitars and former Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron, currently with Pearl Jam, on drums. All 11 songs were composed by Lee and Mink, who also co-produced the album with David Leonard.