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 - UK - 12" vinyl - £12.00, $16.92, €13.92 (New Item) (arrived 10-May-2021 11:26)on May 16, 2021 at 12:10 pm
RUSH The Big Money (1985 UK 3-track 12" vinyl single, including Territories & Red Sector live, picture sleeve. The sleeve is in nice shape, with just some light ringwear from storage, whilst the vinyl aside from one or two very faint paper scuffs, remains in excellent condition RUSH1212)
- Rush - 2112 [Twenty One Twelve] - UK - vinyl LP - £35.00, $49.35, €40.60 (New Item) (arrived 08-May-2021 15:09)on May 16, 2021 at 12:10 pm
RUSH 2112 (1976 UK 6-track vinyl LP, the fourth studio album by the Canadian rockers considered the best known from 'phase 1' and a veritable career saver, gatefold picture sleeve with lyrics printed inside. The sleeve displays some light ring/edge wear scuffs with a little corner creasing, whilst the vinyl remains in excellent condition with just light signs of play)
- Rush - A Farewell To Kings - US - vinyl LP - £35.00, $49.35, €40.60 (New Item) (arrived 08-May-2021 14:58)on May 16, 2021 at 12:10 pm
RUSH A Farewell To Kings (1977 US issue 6-track vinyl LP, the 5th studio album including the epic Xanadu featuring early keyboard exploits for the band, the set regular sing-a-long single Closer To The Heart and the lesser played classic Cygnus X-1, gatefold picture sleeve featuring the well-known puppet artwork by Hugh Syme, complete with lyrics and band photo on the inner spread [featuring those Peart boots!] and original picture inner later immortalised on many a poster with the starman logo on the other side! The sleeve has a deletion cut corner and displays some light visible signs of wear/corner wear but is otherwise intact and in excellent shape, whilst the vinyl shows some light evidence of play. A nice example of this great album from the Rush early days! SRM-1-1184)
- Rush - Beyond The Lighted Stage - UK - Blu Ray - £24.99, $35.24, €28.99 (New Item) (arrived 11-Dec-2020 17:23)on May 16, 2021 at 12:10 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)
- Rush - Hemispheres - Red Vinyl + Poster - Canadian - vinyl LP - £95.00, $133.95, €110.20 (New Item) (arrived 03-Dec-2020 11:25)on May 16, 2021 at 12:10 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)