In an interview with Drumhead Magazine, Neil Peart (the legendary drummer of RUSH) stated he is officially retired.

“And it does not pain me to realize that, like all athletes, there comes a time to… take yourself out of the game. I would rather set it aside then face the predicament described in our song ‘Losing It’ (‘Sadder still to watch it die, than never to have known it’).”

Peart mentioned his desire to spend more time with family, and his ongoing concerns with tendonitis and psoriatic arthritis.

And all throughout the land, the sound of sobbing was heard by prog geeks, rock nerds, fans of 7/8 time, and Stephen Colbert.  And this writer.