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 - Exit... Stage Left - Italian - 2-LP vinyl set - £20.00, $25.00, €23.60 (New Item) (arrived 07-May-2022 16:00)on May 21, 2022 at 9:22 am
RUSH Exit... Stage Left (1981 Italian 13-track double vinyl LP, recorded live in Canada & the UK, glossy gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve displays some minor general wear and graded very good, whilst the vinyl shows only the lightest evidenceof play)
- Rush - Hemispheres - Tour Of The Hemispheres - UK - tour programme - £45.00, $56.25, €53.10 (New Item) (arrived 10-Mar-2022 19:37)on May 21, 2022 at 9:22 am
RUSH Hemispheres - Tour Of The Hemispheres (Official 1979 UK twenty four page 8½" x 11" tour programme, packed with superb photographs along with band member information, discography, UK & European tour dates & a 'behind the scenes' article by Sounds' Geoff Barton, as well as a page dedicated to the support act Max Webster)
- Rush - Hemispheres - Tour Of The Hemispheres + Ticket Stub - UK - tour programme - £75.00, $93.75, €88.50 (New Item) (arrived 26-Jan-2022 17:25)on May 21, 2022 at 9:22 am
RUSH Hemispheres - Tour Of The Hemispheres (Original 1979 UK 24-page 8½" x 11" tour programme, packed with superb photographs along with band member information, discography, UK & European tour dates & a 'behind the scenes' article by Sounds'Geoff Barton, as well as a page dedicated to the support act Max Webster. This example remains in a really nice condition with only light wear or signs of age. Includes a ticket stub for the 25th April 1979 show at the Apollo in Glasgow)
- Rush - The Spirit Of Radio - UK - 7" vinyl - £10.00, $12.50, €11.80 (New Item) (arrived 23-Feb-2022 13:32)on May 21, 2022 at 9:22 am
RUSH The Spirit Of Radio (1980 UK injection moulded 7" vinyl single, also including The Trees, Phonogram group die-cut paper sleeve. RADIO7)
- Rush - A Farewell To Kings - EX - UK - tour programme - £35.00, $43.75, €41.30 (New Item) (arrived 25-Feb-2022 10:58)on May 21, 2022 at 9:22 am
RUSH A Farewell To Kings World Tour 77-78 Exclusive Concert Edition (Rare 1977 UK 24-page tour programme for their UK Winter Tour, with this leg dating from Birmingham Odeon on the 12th February to Southampton Gaumont on the 27th, featuring a selection of black & white images by the legendary Fin Costello. There are some cosmetic marks on the back with a little scuffing but otherwise this collector's copy grades Excellent, with just minor signs of handling over the years with no writing or tears)