During a recent interview with The Canadian Press, RUSH bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee once again confirmed that the band is unlikely to play any more shows or make new music.
“Neil Peart [drums] is retired,” he said (see video below). “I’m still here. Alex [Lifeson, guitar] is still here. Will we perform as Neil, Alex and Geddy on tour ever? Probably not. Will we record together as Neil, Alex and Geddy? Probably not. Will Alex and I make music on our own one day, or individually one day? Probably.”
According to Lee, he and his bandmates weren’t initially sure if the final show of RUSH‘s 40th-anniversary tour on August 1, 2015 at the Forum in Los Angeles would mark their last show together.
“I don’t think, in our heart of hearts, we believed it was the end, even though it did turn out to be the end,” he said. “Maybe we would have served our fans better if we had just accepted that reality, that, ‘Yeah, this is gonna be our last tour,’ and tell everybody. But they sort of had that sense and they came out because of it anyway.”
He added: “I wasn’t really interested in capitalizing on something that may not be true. So it seemed to me much hipper just to go out and play, and if it’s the end, then it’s the end. Whereas I hear KISS are doing their first farewell tour,” he laughed, apparently referencing the fact that the upcoming “End Of The Road” trek is not the first time KISS has said goodbye, as the group did a farewell tour with its original lineup in the early 2000s.
RUSH has been completely inactive since completing the “R40 Live” tour three years ago. Peart was battling enormous physical pain through much of the trek, including a foot infection that made it agonizing for him to even walk.
A few years ago, Lifeson told Rolling Stone that he receives injections for psoriatic arthritis. He was previously hospitalized for anemia from bleeding ulcers and suffered breathing problems.
Lifeson and Lee have repeatedly said that RUSH will never do a show unless all three musicians agree to take part. They haven’t performed as RUSH without Peart since he joined the band in 1974.
For first six years of RUSH‘s existence, John Rutsey was behind the kit and he played on the band’s self-titled debut LP.