Yesterday, anyone that’s ever done a paradiddle got sad when Rush drummer Neil Peart said that for all intents and purposes that he’d retired. Not so fast, vocalist Geddy Lee says. Speaking to Prog magazine of course!), he thinks Peart’s statement might have been a bit premature. “There’s really nothing to say,” he said in the interview. I think Neil is just explaining his reasons for not wanting to tour, with the toll that it’s taking on his body. That’s all I would care to comment on it. We’ll get together eventually and chat about things. But in my view, there is certainly nothing surprising in what he said. Neil just feels that he has to explain with all the thousands of people asking ‘Why no more tours?’ He needs to explain his side of it.”
Apparently, Lee thinks that the quote was taken out of context. When asked if he thought that was the case, he replied “I think that’s absolutely right. That’s their jopb. Talking about something when there’s nothing to talk about.” So far, there’s been no further explanation from the band or Peart, and the link to the Prog article is down, so we’ll see how this develops.