If you’ve gotten tickets to see Rush this Summer, consider yourself lucky, because they’re done touring after this, according to Alex Lifeson. We’ve known for a while that they were going to slow down after this tour, and in an interview with Global News, Lifeson explains just what that means:
I still love playing. But in (drummer) Neil (Peart)’s case, for example, his job is really tough. Playing the way he does is very, very difficult on his body. He has chronic tendonitis in his arms and he’s had problems with his shoulders. It’s just getting to the point, no matter how much we love doing it, that it’s much more demanding and much more difficult.
I’ve always hated the idea of being one of those guys who’s just up there, old and barely able to move — just doing it for fear of not doing it, or not making an extra buck or whatever. If this is the last major tour that we do, (I want to) go out with flying colours, where everybody remembers the show they went to as the best Rush they’ve (seen). That’s a nice legacy to leave behind — rather than the worn-out shadow of something you once were.
Further in the interview, they state that they’re not finished as a band and still plan on recording:
Ged and I are just itching to get back into writing. He just revamped his studio, and he’s not a tech kind of studio guy. He doesn’t know how probably even one per cent of that stuff works. But he’s had this renaissance of being a musician and wanting to play and study more — it’s really inspiring to see. When things slow down we’ll start to do some writing, for whatever purpose. We’ve always talked about doing some soundtrack work.
He also doesn’t rule out the band doing a series of concerts “like a week in Massey Hall or Radio City Music Hall. So basically, if you’re planning on seeing Rush, and they’re playing your city, you should probably get tickets, because even though they’re not done, it doesn’t seem like they”ll be playing live all that much after this Summer, so get out and see them while you can!
[via Metal Injection]