Rush did their last big tour in 2015, yet guitarist Alex Lifeson seemed to leave the door open for new music from the trio. However, at the end of the year, drummer Neal Peart seemed to suggest that he was done with the band, comparing it to an athlete taking himself out of the game. In a recent interview with Lifeson on the Volume channel, he brought listeners up to date on what’s been going on with Rush and seemed to suggest that more music would be coming from them.
Bassist Geddy Lee is working on a coffee table book of photographs of basses from his own collection and other rare and famous ones. Rushisaband said that while there’s no release date for that yet, they’d think that it would be out in time for the holiday season. Lifeson said in the interview that he’s definitely going to be making more music:
Alex mentioned that he no longer feels constrained by the album format, and felt that he could release smaller numbers of songs whenever he was ready to, although he didn’t give any details on what or when or with whom. He went on to say that he and Geddy would definitely be writing and working together in the near future, but didn’t give any specifics on that either.
That’s great news, but what about Neal Peart? Lifeson says he hasn’t “heard from Neil in quite a while,” but Rush isn’t finished as an entity. With Peart more or less announcing his retirement, would Rush be Rush without Peart? While Peart wasn’t in the band for it’s first six years, as one of the best drummers of all time and the lyricist of the band, he’s as much a part of Rush’s DNA as any of it’s other members, and it’s hard to imagine the band without him. Guess we’ll have to wait to see if his retirement is permanent, and if so, who they’ll replace him with.
via Metal Injection]