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  John Rutsey

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Friday, July 23, 2021 (This event repeats every year)

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John Rutsey

John Rutsey, born John Howard Rutsey on July 23, 1952, was a Canadian drummer, best known as a co-founding member of Rush, along with Alex Lifeson and Jeff Jones. Having performed on Rush's debut album, RUSH, Rutsey left the band in 1974 due to musical differences and health problems with diabetes. It was then that he was replaced by Neil Peart.

Rutsey's diabetes was believed to be a complicating factor in his death from a heart attack on May 11, 2008. Tape-recorded comments from Rutsey are heard in the 2010 documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, and the DVD release includes two performances with him on drums.