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 - Hemispheres - 180gram Vinyl - Sealed - UK - vinyl LP - £94.99, $113.99, €106.39 (New Item) (arrived 07-Feb-2023 14:13)on February 8, 2023 at 9:31 am
RUSH Hemispheres (2015 UK/EU limited edition 'Back to Black' series 4-track 180gram Heavyweight Vinyl LP reissue of the 1978 epic seventh album from the Canadian prog trio, including the surprise hit single The Trees, the stand-out instrumental La Villa Strangiato and the 18+ minute strong Cygnus taking up the whole of side one. Complete with a download code voucher and poster, the gatefold picture sleeve is factory sealed)
- Rush - Hold Your Fire + ticket stub - UK - tour programme - £25.00, $30.00, €28.00 (New Item) (arrived 13-Dec-2022 11:53)on February 8, 2023 at 9:31 am
RUSH Hold Your Fire 1987-88 (Official 1987 UK 32-page 12" x 12" tour programme featuring 'Fireworks - The Making Of Hold Your Fire' by Neal Peart, tour personnel, pictorial biography and lots of great photographs. Also includes a ticket stubfor the 26th April show at the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre, Glasgow)
- Rush - Hemispheres - Tour Of The Hemispheres - UK - tour programme - £45.00, $54.00, €50.40 (New Item) (arrived 14-Nov-2022 12:52)on February 8, 2023 at 9:31 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. The cover has some light scuffs and general light wear, otherwise remains in a really nice condition)
- Rush - Vapor Trails Tour - Canadian - tour programme - £25.00, $30.00, €28.00 (New Item) (arrived 14-Nov-2022 12:57)on February 8, 2023 at 9:31 am
RUSH Vapor Trails Tour (Official 2002 Canadian manufactured 32-page 12" square tour programme loaded with great photos, 'Behind The Fire' making of the album article by Neil Peart, band member equipment pages, picture discography and a superb album artwork cover)
- Rush - Hold Your Fire 1987-88 - US - tour programme - £15.00, $18.00, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 14-Nov-2022 13:09)on February 8, 2023 at 9:31 am
RUSH Hold Your Fire 1987-88 (Official US 32-page 12" square tour programme, featuring a 4-page article by Neal Peart 'Fireworks - The Making Of Hold Your Fire', plus tour personnel, pictorial biography and lots of great photographs, with a glossy cover)