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 - Archives - EX - UK - 3-LP vinyl set - £35.00, $48.30, €40.95 (New Item) (arrived 17-Sep-2021 16:00)on September 18, 2021 at 7:58 pm
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 corners and apart from a few light signs of play, all three vinyl discs remain in excellent condition)
- Rush - Subdivisions - UK - 7" picture disc - £50.00, $69.00, €58.50 (New Item) (arrived 20-Jul-2021 13:13)on September 18, 2021 at 7:58 pm
RUSH Subdivisions (1982 UK limited editon 7" Picture Disc single taken from the superb synth lead album Signals, also including a live version of Red Barchetta. The disc sits inside a clear PVC sleeve RUSHP9)
- Rush - Hemispheres - Red Vinyl + Poster - Canadian - vinyl LP - £95.00, $131.10, €111.15 (New Item) (arrived 03-Dec-2020 11:25)on September 18, 2021 at 7:58 pm
RUSH Hemispheres (1978 Canadian Special Limited Edition 9-track LP pressed on Red Vinyl, housed in a textured gatefold picture sleeve with lyrics printed inside. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear withminimal corner creasing and the vinyl remains in excellent condition with little sign of play. This copy does include the fold out poster, which has never been displayed so remains Near Mint SANR-1-1015)
- Rush - R40 - UK - Blu Ray - £95.00, $131.10, €111.15 (New Item) (arrived 11-Dec-2020 16:53)on September 18, 2021 at 7:58 pm
RUSH R40 (2014 UK Deluxe 6 x Blu-Ray Set [region B/2, 16:9 aspect ratio, 1147 mins], marking the 40th anniversary of the release of Rush's eponymous debut album in 1974. This superb collector's box set brings together live performances from each decade of Rush's career. It includes Rush In Rio, R30, Snakes & Arrows Live, Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland & Clockwork Angels Tour plus a bonus disc of previously unseen live material stretching from 1974 to 2013. Also contains the rarely performed full 7-part version of 2112 filmed in 1997 amidst over three hours of largely unseen material including previously unreleased tracks from 1974 performed with original drummer John Rutsey. All discs are contained in a 12" x 9" 56-page hardback book filled with memorabilia & photographs documenting 40 years of Rush live in concert. The cover displays some light general wear such as a few dinks and the corners have lost their sharpness. The tracklisting insert is still present and displays a few minor creases. Overall the outer book/packaging is close to excellent, the CDs are graded Excellent++ ERBRD5236)
- Rush - Beyond The Lighted Stage - UK - Blu Ray - £24.99, $34.49, €29.24 (New Item) (arrived 11-Dec-2020 17:23)on September 18, 2021 at 7:58 pm
RUSH Beyond The Lighted Stage (2010 UK BLU-RAY DISC. The first ever in-depth look at the history and incredible influence of the legendary multi-million selling rock band Rush. From the makers of Iron Maiden's epic 'Flight 666', this remarkable film takes you on a unique journey exclusively documenting their illustrious career and fascinating musical evolution from conception to present. Ccombines candid band member interviews and performance footage with material from the massive Rush audio-visual archive and many more; standard case with picture inlay and remains factory sealed)