In a brand new interview with the Montreal Gazette, bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee of Canadian rock legends RUSH spoke about the possibility of the band continuing to record new music and perform live beyond their current 40th-anniversary tour — the aptly named “R40 Live” — which kicked off in early May.
“I can certainly see us writing together and putting a musical project together,” he said. “I cannot really tell you how that would present itself in a live situation. I don’t know that there is the will from my two partners [drummer Neil Peart and guitarist Alex Lifeson] to do any kind of tour. But I wouldn’t exclude the possibility of doing a set of dates, or some one-off things. I don’t mean to be evasive, but I can’t really answer the question about any future touring, because I don’t really know. And the other guys — it’s an ongoing conversation, and I would say that it’s a decision that’s in flux.”
Geddy also talked about the factors that led to RUSH’s decision to make “R40 Live” possibly the band’s last “tour of this magnitude.” He said: “It’s a complicated subject, but there are a couple of issues at stake here. Neil has a young daughter, and he doesn’t feel 100 percent comfortable leaving her so much right now. This is kind of a second kick at the can for him, having a family. And rightfully so, he takes his responsibility as a dad very seriously. So that’s an influence. Alex has had numerous health issues, but the overriding one seems to be that he has arthritis, as he’s said in interviews now. And he’s not sure how that’s going to affect his ability to play at the top of his game. And it is in his hands, and that’s every musician’s nightmare. So those are two factors that I would say are the critical factors in whether we are able to continue to tour or not.”
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