RUSH frontman Geddy Lee says that he was stunned to see the sturdy on-line response to his latest remark that drummer Neil Peart is retired — and never simply from the band, however from drumming all collectively.
“I discover that folks appear to glom on to sure phrases that come out of our mouths and make numerous it,” Geddy mentioned throughout an look earlier at the moment (Wednesday, January 9) on Eddie Trunk‘s SiriusXM present. “However I assumed that was understood from the day that Neil left the band. He wasn’t leaving the band to pursue different musical devices; he was retiring as a result of the pains of the job had been an excessive amount of for him. And now he isn’t enjoying in the intervening time and he is spending extra time educating his daughter the right way to play than something. So, yeah, it actually wasn’t a giant clarification to me, and I believe individuals have type of over-exaggerated the response to that, ‘trigger that is type of the way it’s been.”
Lee added that Peart‘s nine-year-old daughter has actually “taken to the instrument” and joked: “God forbid there will be one other drummer in that household.”
RUSH has been utterly inactive since finishing its “R40 Dwell” tour three years in the past. Peart was battling huge bodily ache by way of a lot of the trek, together with a foot an infection that made it agonizing for him to even stroll.
When pressed about any new music coming from him, Geddy, who has been selling his new ebook “Geddy Lee’s Large Stunning E-book Of Bass”, admitted: “I actually cannot predict what I am gonna do subsequent musically. Invariably, I believe I’ll discover myself in my studio. It is actually about, now that the ebook is finished, I must get again in contact with the musical aspect of myself and see if there’s one thing that is motivating me to… Do I’ve one thing to say? And we’ll see the way it goes. However I do not wanna make any ensures that I am going to do one thing once more musically. However I might say that having these basses watching me is an effective motivation to get again on the horse.”
Requested if there may be any a part of him that wish to proceed making music with RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson, Geddy mentioned: “Effectively, I actually would not depend it out. I joke that he is my BFF, however he just about is. I imply, we discuss on a regular basis, and we’re nonetheless as shut as we ever had been. I am certain there’ll come a second the place we’ll a minimum of jam, if nothing else. So, who is aware of? I want I may inform you for certain, however I can not.”
Just a few years in the past, Lifeson informed Rolling Stone that he receives injections for psoriatic arthritis. He was beforehand hospitalized for anemia from bleeding ulcers and suffered respiration issues.
Lifeson and Lee have repeatedly mentioned that RUSH won’t ever do a present except all three musicians agree to participate. They have not carried out as RUSH with out Peart since he joined the band in 1974.
For first six years of RUSH‘s existence, John Rutsey was behind the package and he performed on the band’s self-titled debut LP.