Rush were one of the most progressive rock bands North America has ever produced. The Canada natives have quietly become one of the most revered bands of the 20th century and while the clamour for a reunion tour is just as potent as ever, Alex Lifeson has put some serious dents into those chances.
Lifeson, the band’s guitarist, confirmed recently what most diehard Rush fans already knew; there will be no Rush reunion following the sad passing of their drummer and principal songwriter, Neil Peart.
The guitarist was speaking to SiriusXM’s ‘Trunk Nation with Eddie Trunk’ when he dropped the hammer blow. “I know Rush fans are a unique bunch, and I love them,” noted Lifeson, also sharing that he and remaining Rush member, Geddy Lee, are still good pals.
“It was a really good two-way relationship. But I think, really, Rush ended in 2015. There’s no way Rush will ever exist again because Neil’s not here to be a part of it. And that’s not to say that we can’t do other things and we can’t do things that benefit our communities and all of that. I have lots of plans for that sort of thing that don’t necessarily include Geddy.”
“I get asked this all the time — are we gonna do this, or are we gonna do that?” he added, noting the insistence of Rush fans to provide something more. “Who knows? All I know is we still love each other and we’re still very, very good friends, and we always will be.”
It would seem that Rush ended on August 1st, 2015, with their final show at Los Angeles Forum. “We were in our early 60s when that tour ended,” he told Trunk. “After the number of dates that we did do, which was about half of what we would normally do, we were all starting to feel the fatigue, as you normally would. And had it been a normal tour, we would have gone out for probably another month and then taken a month off, or maybe a couple of months off, and then picked it up for another three or four months.
“I think personally, and I think the same for Ged, we were really excited about the show, the presentation of the show, the whole concept of going back through our history. I thought we were all playing really, really well, and I probably could have continued to do another 30 shows, and I think Geddy felt the same way,” Lifeson confirmed. “But it was becoming really difficult for Neil to play at that level, and unless he could play a hundred per cent at that level, he really didn’t wanna do any more shows, and he didn’t wanna be that person that should have taken it. And it was hard for him — a three-hour show playing the way he played. It’s a miracle that he was even able to play.”
You can watch Rush’s final encore with Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee and Neil Peart below.