Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson has spoken about how he and Geddy Lee are “both eager to get back together and kind of get back into that thing that we’ve done since we were 14 years old that we love to do.”
In a new interview with website Make Weird Music, that is being reported on by Consequence Of Sound, Lifeson talks of the late Rush drummer Neil Peart, the impact of the current Covid-19 pandemic and of his hopes of making new music again with his bandmate Geddy Lee. You can watch the Make Weird Music interview in full below.
“After we finished the last tour in 2015, I started just writing on my own and doing some stuff,” Lifeson says. “Geddy was working on his book. We talked about getting together and doing some stuff together, but it got very, very busy for him, even after he finished writing the book — taking it on the road. So we never got a chance to sit down and start working or just having some fun together. We still talk about it, and I’m sure we will.
“Of course, now with the pandemic, it’s kind of wrecked things for a bit. But we’re both eager to get back together and kind of get back into that thing that we’ve done since we were 14 years old that we love to do. And we work really, really well together, so we’ll see what happens with that.”
Lifeson has previously spoken of the impact of Peart’s death (the Rush drummer sadly died in January 2020) and how he didn’t feel motivated to play music of any kind, In the new interview he expounds on that.
“After Neil passed, it was very difficult to get inspired or motivated to play,” he reveals. “As you can imagine, we were very, very close. You lose anybody that’s close, it’s a profound thing. And I think both Geddy and I expected to be better with it. Neil was sick for three and a half years, and no one really knew about it. Well, lots of people knew about it, but it wasn’t public, the information. So we thought that we would be prepared for the end when it came, and we weren’t. We both really struggled with it.
“For me, that first year of grieving is the milestone, and once you get past that, I think you, I don’t know, it’s an anniversary that you process, and it becomes a little easier to handle. With Neil, I’m always seeing pictures, and I’m always reminded of him, and all that stuff, and that was difficult, but now that it’s [been] a year, I find that I think of the good times that we had together more than the sadness.”
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- Rush - The Big Money - US - 7" vinyl - £25.00, $27.50, €28.25 (New Item) (arrived 30-Sep-2022 16:03)on September 30, 2022 at 4:04 pm
RUSH The Big Money (1985 US Mercury label wide centre 7" single pressed on styrene, also including a live version of Red Sector A, housed in a paper picture sleeve. The sleeve displays only light wear with a tiny nick on the opening edge, whilstthe disc looks barely played)
- Rush - Exit... Stage Left - Hauppage Pressing - US - 2-LP vinyl set - £35.00, $38.50, €39.55 (New Item) (arrived 30-Sep-2022 14:56)on September 30, 2022 at 4:04 pm
RUSH Exit... Stage Left (1981 US repress of their 13-track double vinyl LP manufactured by the Hauppage Pressing plant [distinguished by the '53' on the labels], featuring a stellar collection of tracks recorded live in Canada and in Glasgow, Scotland. The matte gatefold picture sleeve has some shelfwear evident to the edges but the vinyl remains in EX condition)
- Rush - Presto - German - vinyl LP - £45.00, $49.50, €50.85 (New Item) (arrived 30-Sep-2022 13:51)on September 30, 2022 at 4:04 pm
RUSH Presto (1989 German 11-track vinyl LP featuring the thirteenth studio album by the Canadian rock band, including Show Don't Tell, The Pass and Superconductor. The superb glossy 'Rabbit' picture sleeve comes with the picture / lyric inner and the vinyl looks barely played. A really nice copy of this hard to find vinyl album by the trio!)
- Rush - Presto - Canadian - vinyl LP - £60.00, $66.00, €67.80 (New Item) (arrived 30-Sep-2022 13:54)on September 30, 2022 at 4:04 pm
RUSH Presto (Original 1989 Canadian Anthem label 11-track vinyl LP featuring the thirteenth studio album by the Canadian rock band, including Show Don't Tell, The Pass and Superconductor. The superb glossy 'Rabbit' picture sleeve has a littleshelfwear evident with a 1" seam split to the top edge but comes complete with its picture / lyric inner and the vinyl looks barely played)
- Rush - Rush - UK - vinyl LP - £50.00, $55.00, €56.50 (New Item) (arrived 30-Sep-2022 14:02)on September 30, 2022 at 4:04 pm
RUSH Rush (Original 1974 UK 8-track vinyl LP, the debut album from the Canadian rock band featuring the original drummer John Rutsey. The iconic picture sleeve [with pink titlling] displays only light shelf wear to the edges bur the vinyl looks barely played)