This summer (15) the Canadian band embarked on their R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour, which was designed to commemorate Peart's addition to the group, even though that actually happened in 1974.

Peart's bandmate Alex Lifeson previously said the trek would likely be their last major tour, due to his psoriatic arthritis and Peart’s chronic tendinitis, and after wrapping the final R40 show in August (15), Peart is now suggesting he's finished with his career as a rocker altogether.

In an interview with Drumhead magazine, Peart says, "Lately Olivia (his daughter) has been introducing me to new friends at school as 'my dad; he's a retired drummer'. True to say, funny to hear."

"And it does not pain me to realise that, like all athletes, there comes a time to... take yourself out of the game," he adds. "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'.