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 Grace Under Pressure (1984 UK 8-track LP, including Distant Early Warning, Kid Gloves and Between The Wheels, picture sleeve with lyric inner. The inner shows some light foxing, otherwise the sleeve and vinyl are in excellent condition VERH12)
- Rush - Archives - EX - UK - 3-LP vinyl set - £40.00, $54.40, €44.80 (New Item) (arrived 14-Jan-2021 11:50)on February 27, 2021 at 11:56 am
RUSH Archives (1978 UK 26-track triple vinyl LP repackaging their first three studio albums: Rush, Fly By Night & Caress Of Steel, encompassing early classics across the board from Working Man, Anthem & Bastille Day to Lakeside Park. The unique gatefold picture sleeve displays a little shelfwear to the edges and apart from a few light signs of play, all three vinyl discs remain in excellent condition)
- Rush - Changing Hemispheres - UK - DVD - £19.99, $27.19, €22.39 (New Item) (arrived 14-Dec-2020 11:35)on February 27, 2021 at 11:56 am
RUSH Changing Hemispheres (2010 UK 116-page hardback book & Four NTSC DVD set. The true story of Rush, from humble Canadian beginnings to international super stardom. This is certainly one band for whom time does not stand still. Featuring a masterful and comprehensive text packed with great photographs of the band, this unique package also includes four documentary DVDs packed with candid audio interviews with the band members, andcompared and contrasted with the views of a leading team of music journalists, insiders, and musicologists)
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RUSH Rush FAQ (2014 UK 400 page softback book by Max Mobley, which documents the amazing story of the world's greatest Canadian prog rock power trio, from its origins in a church basement in Willowdale, Ontario, to its induction ceremony at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Covering 40 albums, 10 DVDs, thousands of mesmerizing live shows, and millions of rock's most loyal fans)
- Rush - Rock Music, and the Middle Class: Dreaming in Middletown - UK - book - £14.99, $20.39, €16.79 (New Item) (arrived 14-Dec-2020 13:09)on February 27, 2021 at 11:56 am
RUSH Rock Music, and the Middle Class: Dreaming in Middletown (2009 UK 312 page softback book. In this book, Chris McDonald assesses the band's impact on popular music and its legacy for legions of fans. McDonald explores the ways in which Rush's critique of suburban life - and its strategies for escape - reflected middle-class aspirations and anxieties, while its performances manifested the dialectic in prog rock between discipline and austerity, and the desire for spectacle and excess. The band's reception reflected the internal struggles of the middle class over cultural status. Critics cavalierly dismissed, or apologetically praised, Rush's music for its middlebrow leanings)