Rush Discuss Retirement

It was only a matter of time, but the news is still devastating to any Rock and Roll fan.

The Canadian rock trio Rush have been influencing and changing the sound of music since their first album was released in 1974, and now we may unfortunately have to say Farewell to Kings.

Bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson recently sat down for an interview with Premierguitar and discussed the band’s looming retirement.

Drummer Neil Peart had recently spoke about how much longer he could pound the drums and Lee agreed by stating:  “How much longer can we go out there and play three-hour shows at that peak level.”

“There comes a point when you just have to accept that you’re approaching 60 and that maybe three hours of blistering rock is for a younger man. That’s what [Peart’s] getting at.”

On the same topic, Lifeson explained “Eventually, one day, we’re not going to be able to do it anymore. That’s a reality, and I don’t think we should get too caught up in it. When it happens it happens, and that’s it. We’ve had a great run, we’ve left a great legacy that we’re proud of.”

Rush was (finally) nominated to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year and are currently on tour in support of their latest album Clockwork Angels.

All hope is not lost though. Lee laughed towards the end of the interview saying “So maybe it’s just inevitable that Rush tours down the road—if all goes well and there are Rush tours—aren’t three hours long.”

For the full interview from Premierguitar, click here, and be sure to check out the official tour dates on the Rush official website.