Rush’s Geddy Lee Is Not Done Playing Live
The question no longer seems to be concerning if Rush will ever tour or record again, but what will their non-retired members — Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson — do next? Lifeson has already plotted his next move, meanwhile Lee's musical ambitions haven't been as clear or immediate. The legendary bassist and singer has revealed that he's not done on the stage though.
In an interview with The Guardian, Lee discussed the Rush legacy and reflected on the finality of the band which came with the last show of the celebratory "R40" tour. It was alluded to that it would be Rush's final tour, but nothing was made official and their future hung in the balance even after Neil Peart announced his retirement from drumming. While Lee wasn't fully aware it would be the power trio's last performance, he said Peart was "adamant" it would be their final exit. "He played it like it was going to be the final show and that's why he actually left the drum throne and came out and gave us a hug onstage, which he swore he would never do," the frontman relayed.
On the idea of missing playing with Rush, Lee said he doesn't miss traveling with the band but misses the "singular honor" of playing with his bandmates onstage. Looking toward his own future, he expressed, "I'm sure I will play live again one day, but it will never replace that intensity of what a three-hour Rush show was like to perform: it challenged me to my max and that's rare in this life."
While we await new music from Geddy Lee, Rush fans can look forward to Alex Lifeson's collaborative effort with drummer Marco Minnemann. There's no word on when the two are expected to release new material.
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