Is Neil Peart autistic

Neil Peart

Many people will link a potential savant as someone with autism. Neil Peart was the drummer for Rush and many believe that he has a high-functioning form of autism because of the clues he provides. He is a social recluse who reads a great deal and is a genius with a musical instrument. Of course, this could mean that he likes his privacy, enjoys reading as a pastime and took the time to learn to play percussion at a master’s level. The autism talk is complete speculation on the part of some fans and is meant as a compliment.

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  1. I have mild Asperger’s, my father has it, my grandmother had it, and my son has Asperger’s. I have been a huge fan of Rush for 35 years, particularly Neil. I can say without a doubt that Neil IS an Aspie, which is a good thing (especially for him). It has served Neil well in his endeavors in life but it explains so much. His obsession in drumming (complicated time signatures, etc), his love for travel on motorcycle, his love for reading, and, most importantly, his lack of socializing in large crowds. He has even gone so far as to explain this in his lyrics. But I love him! We are kindred spirits; love of music, a farming heritage, love of travel, love of motorcycles, and I’m not too keen on the social thing (although I can get by when the demand requires).

    1. Hi Ron. I liked your post. I’ve been thinking the same thing. I’m just curious, what were you referring to when you said “He has even gone so far as to explain this in his lyrics”? I’m only asking as a life long Rush fan. Confidentiality is assured.

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