GEDDY LEE: 'ZERO PLANS' FOR RUSH TO TOUR AGAIN

October 23, 2018

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Geddy Lee maintains that Rush will never hit the road again. Back in January, guitarist Alex Lifeson shocked fans when he revealed that the band had no plans to record or tour anymore. Rush played their last show to date on August 1st, 2015 at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

Geddy Lee remains busy with the December 4th release of his book, Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book Of Bass, and the band still exciting fans with the 40th anniversary deluxe edition of its groundbreaking 1978 Hemispheres album coming on November 16th. When asked about the state of Rush today, Lee told Rolling Stone, "The state of Rush in general. . . Well, I’d say I can’t really tell you much other than that there are zero plans to tour again. As I said earlier, we’re very close and talk all the time, but we don’t talk about work. We’re friends, and we talk about life as friends. I can’t really tell you more than that, I’m afraid. I would say there’s no chance of seeing Rush on tour again as Alex, Geddy, Neil (Peart). But would you see one of us or two of us or three of us? That’s possible."

He added that music still plays a large part in his life, explaining, "I go down to my studio on and off, and whenever I pick up an instrument, something comes out spontaneously, and I try to at least grab a moment of it and stick it on tape and forget about it. I’ve been so busy the past three years with this book project, which consumed my entire being -- which is fairly typical to my personality -- that I haven’t been thinking about another music project at this point. I say that, and at the same time, another part of my brain is always thinking about another music project. But when you’ve spent 42 years working closely with the same people and formed the kind of bond and friendship that the three of us have had -- and maintained, to this day -- it’s a big decision and a big question what you want to do next. Or if you want to do something next."

As far as pursuing future musical projects, Geddy Lee went on to say, "I do think about it, and I think once the dust settles from this project, I’ll probably find myself bored and wandering down to the studio to try to enliven my own life, and if something of a positive nature happens down there, I’ll take it to the next step. But beyond that, I could only guess."

SIDE NOTES

According to the press release for the Super Deluxe Edition of Rush's Hemispheres, "the collection includes two CD's, one exclusive Blu-ray Audio disc, and three high-quality 180-gram black vinyl LP's. The set encompasses the Abbey Road Studios 2015 remastered edition of the album for the first time on CD, along with previously unreleased and newly restored bonus content consisting of the band’s masterful June 1979 Pinkpop Festival performance in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, the Pinkpop recording engineer failed to capture the first several minutes of '2112,' so an amazing, unreleased performance of the song during the Hemispheres tour from Tucson, Arizona in November 1978 appears here in its place."

INTERNET COMMENTS via RollingStone.com -- agree or disagree???

ejd1984 wrote: "I still would love to hear new music in place of live shows. Though in honest retrospect, I've have seen them every tour since 1981, and not really sad it's over, but really glad I got to experience the musical journey with them."

Steve63_10 wrote: "Rush has been such an integral part of my life. Having seen them 29 times over 30 years leaves me both remarkably lucky but also sad. I believe that Neil is really retired now. However I wonder why the other two won't carry on in some other fashion? Not as Rush, but as some other band. For instance "Lee, Lifeson and _____". Since R40 the void has become 'a missing part of me that grows around me like a cage.'"

NEW WORLD DIGITAL MAN wrote: "They already said that no one will be replaced. RUSH is finished but collaborations are a maybe. Alex has some bad medical problems too."

jtpersh2 wrote: "Greatest band ever. I always thought they might still make records when they retired from the road. . . I guess not."

CHECK IT OUT: Rush's 1978 promo for "The Trees":

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