Once news had surfaced a few years ago that legendary Canadian rock band Rush was retiring from the world of recording and touring, it was a hard pill to swallow. Rush has made claims in the past they would call it quits, yet miraculously got the itch once again to perform. After finally making the decision to once again call it quits after 40+ years together, it seems as though the band is serious about not recording or performing new music.
Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson had confirmed that bands plans of recording and performing new music is not in the cards for them. “It’s been a little over two years since RUSH last toured,” he told The Globe And Mail. “We have no plans to tour or record any more. We’re basically done. After 41 years, we felt it was enough.”
“I’m writing a lot,” Lifeson added. “I’m writing on four or five different little projects. I get these requests to do guitar work with other people. It’s really a lot of fun for me. It’s low pressure: I get to be as creative as I want to be and I can work a little outside of the box, which is really attractive to me.”
One member of the band in drummer Neil Peart was perhaps the most in depth about wanting to be done with the band, eager to seek out other things to fulfill his time. While this wasn’t the case at the time when Peart got together with the band to share his feelings of being in the inner circle, he did make his way back to the drum kit, only to see that time may have taken its course.
“In November [of 2014], we all got together in Toronto and I was quite prepared to say, ‘Sorry, I’m done,'” Peart said. “I realized I was kind of a solitary misfit in that context of being the one that wanted to pull that plug. I left one little window in my mind that if somebody wanted to do it one more time and didn’t know if they’d be able to, [I would do it].”
“It’s not like you just get new members of a band and just go for it,” said Lifeson. “Rushhas never been a band like that. We’d never, ever do something like that.” Lee added: “We always said that if the three of us aren’t on board, we don’t do a thing. There have been other decisions in our career where the three of us weren’t on board and we didn’t do it. Nothing as profound as ending our touring life, but fair enough. So one guy doesn’t want to do that thing anymore that I love to do. That hurts. But there’s nothing I can do about it and that’s part of the agreement.”
JT “Doc” Berry \m/