Rush frontman Geddy Lee weighs in on the band’s future

rushHave we seen the end of Rush as a band? The answer to that question still remains unclear.

Rush just wrapped up their 40th anniversary tour, which was believed to be their last major tour. Drummer Neil Peart discussed retiring from music earlier in December, while guitarist Alex Lifeson has had to play while dealing with arthritis. But in spite of all that, the band may still play on, at least in some capacity.

In an interview with Paste magazine, Rush frontman/bassist Geddy Lee was asked if the band has seen its last days.

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“Well, I don’t know, I can’t tell you,” Lee said. “Its intention was not a farewell tour; its intention was a look back and a celebration of 40 years of music. We happen to find ourselves in a very differing state of mind in terms of doing major tours. Neil is not up for the kind of work that it takes for him to be ready to put out a three-hour show the way we have for the last 20-odd years. So his interest in this kind of touring has dwindled. And that’s sort of where we’re at. It doesn’t necessarily mean we won’t do another record together, and it doesn’t necessarily mean we won’t play another concert together—it just means that for the moment we cannot agree on doing a big tour.”

Lee appears to have not completely given up the possibility of going back out on tour, although he admits that it isn’t likely.

“You know maybe something will happen where we can come up with some other idea about how to tour,” Lee said. “But at the moment it doesn’t look good.”

Lee also discussed the tour itself, what he’s learned over 40 years, the influence of Ayn Rand on the band, and more. Click here to read the full interview at Paste.

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One comment to “Rush frontman Geddy Lee weighs in on the band’s future”
  1. Many bands are now doing tours where they stay in each city for several days or even a week. This is a win-win-win: fans have more opportunities to see their favorite artists, the performers spend less time traveling from one place to the next, and the crew has to set up and take down the stage far less often.

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