John Rutsey

John Rutsey

Real Name: John Rutsey
Category: The 'Other Guys'
Submitted by: Bob Sacamano
Posted Date: 2004-04-24
Last Modified: 2019-12-18

Original drummer for the Canadian power trio Rush, played on the self-titled debut album in 1974.

What happened to:

The stories we heard growing up was that he quit the band thinking “they were going nowhere”. It appears the main reason he left the group was due to health reasons, he had diabetes and couldn’t go on extended tours. After a failed attempt to start another band he quit drums altogether and became a body builder, apparently living in Toronto.


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John Rutsey