Geddy Lee Says Drummer Neil Peart Is “Retired From Drumming”

Josh Lowe for Alternative Revolt

Rush bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee spoke to Eddie Trunk on Tuesday (December 18) on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation”.

“Neil is retired,” Geddy said, referring to longtime Rush drummer Neil Peart. “He hasn’t just retired from Rush; he’s retired from drumming. He’s not drumming anymore, and he’s living his life. Which is fine — Alex [Lifeson, Rush guitarist] and I are cool with it. We’re all still total pals. In fact, Alex and I were there just a few weeks ago visiting him, and we stay in touch. And, of course, Alex lives very near to me, so we’re constantly going out to dinner, ’cause he loves to drink everything in my wine cellar. We’re still pals, and we all talk, but that period of our life is done.”

Lee recently released a book called “Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book Of Bass”. He also has not ruled out future collaborations with Alex.

“Is there more music to come from myself and from Alex?” he asked rhetorically. “I don’t know when and what shape that will take. I don’t know if Alex and I will do something together.

“People keep me asking me and they want me to be definitive, and I can’t be, because I really haven’t thought that far,” Geddy added.

“I’ve been working on this book for just over two years now, and it’s been great fun — it’s been passion project for me. And it’s been very good for my head. And, in a way, it was really a good break from everything that was going down with Rush and from the end of that [last] tour, and it threw me into another obsession, which was educational, in terms of learning about my instrument, but also in terms of learning about making a book and what’s involved. So I enjoyed that. Now I will start thinking about what I’m gonna do next and I’ll start playing all those beauties” — referring to his bass guitars — “that are staring at me when I go into my studio.”