The big news has been that Alex Lifeson was quoted in an interview with the Globe and Mail that Rush was done as a band. He said: “It’s been a little over two years since Rush last toured. We have no plans to tour or record any more. We’re basically done. After 41 years, we felt it was enough.” There’s been no comment from the other members of the band or the band’s management.
Since Lerxst is fairly straight forward about it, it would certainly seem like a done deal. The use of “we” in his statement is interesting since Geddy Lee has made no secret of his desire to continue. So it all comes down to drummer Neil Peart and that he clearly was tired both physically and mentally. The band always said they would never do anything unless all three agreed on it.
Clearly the two of them hoped that some time to rest would be enough to change Neil’s mind. Unfortunately after 2-3 years of rest, the band is over. I’ll admit that I am surprised that they wouldn’t at least do some writing and recording, since it was the touring that seemed to be the main problem for Neil. But you have to assume his heart (and body) just aren’t into it any longer.
Lerxst said he has a lot of projects going on, including guest work for other bands. One of them is Fu Manchu and I will be reviewing their new album with him on it. Geddy could always do another solo album since “My Favo(u)rite Headache came out almost 18 years ago! Dammit I am old too! It would be interesting to see either of them as part of some supergroup but there would be comparisons to Rush, which I am betting neither would want to deal with.
So that’s it for Rush? They did it their way always and put out some of the best music that I’ve ever heard. They were a true band that was always about just the three of them. It’s unique that since 1974, they have always been Rush. It’s hard to keep everyone on the same page in a band. So it makes sense that now that not all 3 of them are on the same page, they call it a day.