Some time ago we reported on what was then the alleged retirement of iconic drummer (Neil Peart) of the mega rock band Rush. (You can read our blogs here 1 and 2). Turns out that the Hall of Fame timekeeper might have been misquoted or misunderstood. In any event, now–in a continuation of asking what is to become of the Canadian rock trio–Rolling Stone is reporting (based on an interview with guitarist Alex Lifeson) that the band’s major touring is over. Says Lifeson:
“We had such a great time on the tour. And it was really nice to go through all the material in reverse chronology, and I think our fans really enjoyed it. I think that no matter how long it would have been, it would have been too short. Neil was prepared to commit to 30 dates and he told us that right from the very beginning. He didn’t even want to do the tour, to be honest with you. It’s been increasingly difficult for him, but he committed to the tour and we got through it. As far as he was concerned, that was the end of touring.”
Lifeson added that the physical rigors of touring might have been a consideration at least in the case of Peart. Lifeson said:
“His shoulders were hurting, his arms were hurting, his elbows, his feet, everything. He didn’t want to play anything less than 100 percent. He was finding it increasingly difficult to hit that mark on this last tour. So, all those things combined, I get it. I’m disappointed and I think Geddy [Lee] is very disappointed and we’d love to continue this tour a little bit longer, but we’re off now.”
Regardless of what the band decides to do Rush has developed one of the greatest bodies of work that a band could create. One way or another, look for Messrs. Lee, Lifeson and Peart to do something special, touring or not.