Alex Lifeson confirms Rush’s retirement from touring, leaves door open to playing together.
Mar 09, 2016Graham Caddy
The end of a Canadiana’ touring era:
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson has said Neil Peart is no longer physically capable of life on the road. While he and Geddy Lee would like to continue touring, Lifeson said Peart is no longer physically capable of participating in such extended outings.
“He didn’t even want to do the R40 Tour, to be honest with you,” Lifeson explained. “It’s been increasingly difficult for him, but he committed to the tour and we got through it. As far as he was concerned, that was the end of touring.” “His shoulders were hurting, his arms were hurting, his elbows, his feet, everything,” Lifeson added of Peart. “He didn’t want to play anything less than 100 percent. He was finding it increasingly difficult to hit that mark on this last tour. So, all those things combined, I get it. I’m disappointed and I think Geddy Lee is very disappointed and we’d love to continue this tour a little bit longer, but we’re off now.”
Lifeson would not close the door on Rush entirely, however, saying it’s possible they could still record music or play a one-off show together.