In a candid interview with Global News, Alex Lifeson revealed that their upcoming 40th Anniversary Tour could be their last major tour. Set to kick off in Tulsa, OK on May 8th, the tour runs until Aug. 1st when they wrap it up in Los Angeles, CA. Before rehearsal lockdown, Alex Lifeson talked to The Canadian Press about Rush slowing down.
I have such mixed feelings about it. In one way, I feel relief. I think that 40 years is a long time to be touring the way we tour. I really like being home with my grandkids. At 61, I don’t feel there’s anything we need to prove, said Lifeson.
The virtuoso trio is not going away entirely, but for many fans worldwide, this may be their last chance to see RUSH without a plane ticket and perhaps a passport. Of course, it’s not just wanting to spend time with the grandkids that is motivating this slow down.
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).
When asked how they would spend their time, if not touring, Lifeson said,
Well, we’re not finished as a band. We still talk about 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.
With Neil, he really wants to take some time off and spend more time with his daughter. His daughter’s very young. After what he’s been through, he’d like to be more connected to his home life.
More than 40 million records sold worldwide. Countless sold-out tours. A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Officers of the Order of Canada. And that’s all very nice. But for these three guys, it’s all about the music, their friendship, and the fans.