During a recent interview with SiriusXM’s ‘Trunk Nation,’ former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy talked about the legendary drummer, Neil Peart, who has died a few days ago. Mike also shared some unheard stories of himself with Neil.

We all know, Neil Peart passed away at the age of 67 on January 7 after a three-and-a-half-year struggle with brain cancer.

Mike Portnoy has very affected by the death of Neil Peart because they were very close friends. He has shared some photos and messages about Neil Peart for a few days.

Yesterday, Mike has been the guest of SiriusXM’s ‘Trunk Nation’ and talked very emotional about Neil Peart. He stated that he saved all of the e-mails he got from Neil Peart.

Here’s what Mike said:

“Even though I’ve known for this amount of time and I kind of have had time to psychologically prepare for [his passing] knowing that it was inevitably coming, it didn’t make it any less shocking; it just took the wind out of me when I heard it on Friday.

[For] the whole rest of the world that didn’t know about this, this must [have come] completely out of nowhere — I can’t imagine how shocking it must be.”

He continued:

“I saved all of the e-mails he sent me, and last night I went reading through a whole bunch of ’em and I broke down crying — it really hit me hard last night; I had a big, big cry reading some of these e-mails from him.”

Two days ago, Mike Portnoy had shared a really rare photo of himself with Neil Peart on his verified Instagram account and penned down an emotional letter about the death of Neil Peart. You can read it below.

Here’s the letter of Mike Portnoy:

“It absolutely breaks my heart to pieces to get the news of the passing of one of my greatest heroes of all time. Neil Peart will always be a mentor and a hero to me and his influence on me as a drummer for the past 40 years is absolutely impossible to measure.

But beyond that, over the past 15 years or so, he’s become a friend…always such a gentleman and a gracious host. Always inviting me to come to soundcheck and spend some time before the show whenever Rush was passing through. Always sending complimentary copies of his new books or Holiday emails with pictures of he and his young daughter Olivia.

I have so many memories throughout the years, but probably the most Special was the last time I saw him. I took my son Max to see Rush on their farewell tour as I wanted him to see the band before they retired…Neil ever the incredible gracious host invited us to soundcheck, let Max play his drums, gave him a pair of sticks and an autographed snare drum head and opened up his dressing room to us for the evening.

The point is if you were his guest you were family.
I could go on and on and on but I need to process this.
Sadly, I’ve known about Neil’s declining health for a few years now and always feared this news…but I am still shaken to the core in shock.

My deepest condolences go out to Geddy and Alex, to Carrie and Olivia, to Michael and Lorne and Chris S, to Ray and Pegi, and to all of his faithful fans all around the world of which I will always be one of the biggest.

Rest In Peace Bubba
You’ll always be my hero 😥
RIP Neil Peart.”

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