While Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson have spent time in the studio working on music and even played the South Park 25th anniversary concert together, both artists have been hesitant regarding the idea of bringing Rush back.
Talking to The Globe and Mail in 2018, Lifeson shared, “We have no plans to tour or record any more. We’re basically done. After 41 years, we felt it was enough.” In a 2021 interview with Eddie Trunk, he said (as transcribed by Blabbermouth), “There’s no way Rush will ever exist again because Neil’s not here to be a part of it.” Neil Peart, the band’s drummer, passed away in 2020.
However, it appears that hesitancy is a matter of the past now, for as revealed in a new interview with The Washington Post, Lee has expressed that he’s open to the idea of reuniting with Lifeson and performing as Rush once again.
So, what exactly has brought on this change of heart? Well, it actually has to do with Lee and Lifeson’s performances at both Taylor Hawkins tribute concerts (which took place in 2022). During this recent chat, Lee talks about how Foo Fighters‘ frontman Dave Grohl reached out to him and asked if he and Lifeson would play at the shows. Lee shares that they felt some hesitation – could they play without Peart?
Ultimately, Lee and Lifeson accepted the request and took to the stage for these concerts. The Washington Post notes that Lee’s experience with these shows was quite positive and that he enjoyed playing Rush songs with Lifeson; it’s also mentioned that Paul McCartney of The Beatles congratulated them and encouraged them to get back on the road. Speaking about the impact these performances had on him, Lee shares:
“It had been a taboo subject, and playing those songs again with a third person was the elephant in the room, and that kind of disappeared. It was nice to know that if we decide to go out, Alex and I, whether we went out as part of a new thing, or whether we just wanted to go out and play Rush as Rush, we could do that now.”
The Washington Post further notes that Lifeson was excited to receive offers following these shows and that he had surgery on his stomach in July. Commenting on the possibility of reuniting with Lifeson, Lee says, “He needs to feel good and feel healthy and strong. And then maybe we have a discussion.”
How stoked would you be to hear that Rush has reunited? In other news related to Geddy Lee, the bassist will be hitting the road soon for a book tour supporting his new memoir, My Effin’ Life. Below you will find the dates and locations associated with this tour.
Upcoming Geddy Lee 2023 book tour dates
- November 13th – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
November 15th – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia
November 17th – National Harbor, MD – The Theater at MGM National Harbor
November 18th – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre presented by Citizens
November 19th – Cleveland, OH – State Theatre at Playhouse Square
November 21st – Montreal, QC – Theatre Maisonneuve
November 23rd – Vancouver, BC – The Centre in Vancouver
November 24th – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
November 26th – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
November 28th – Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum Theatre
November 30th – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
December 3rd – Chicago, IL – Auditorium Theatre
December 4th – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
December 7th – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall