Alex Lifeson is talking about Rush’s future and says that while it’s likely they’ll do something together again, if you placed any bets about seeing them on tour again, you may need to find a way to recoup your losses. (And also you should probably question your betting choices in general.)
The guitarist recently spoke to SiriusXM, and gave updates as to what the band were up to currently. “Ged and I will probably do something together. He’s been really busy. He’s working on his own little book project. He’s become quite a bass guitar collector, and he wants to do a little thing on the history of the instrument. So that’s keeping him super busy.” As for Peart, Lifeson said: “I’m not sure what Neil’s doing these days. He’s on the West Coast. He’s always got something going on.”
On the Idea of touring again, Lifeson said to SiriusXM that while it is unlikely, he is proud of the years they spent on the road. “I would say that it’s unlikely that we’ll tour again as RUSH. Really, we toured for forty-one years, and I have to say that first year off, I felt like I was grieving for my career and the band, but truly, forty-one years of touring the way we toured, I shouldn’t feel badly about that.”
In terms of the possibility of going solo Lifeson has considered the possibility but isn’t yet totally sold on the idea. He’s been getting back into playing acoustic guitar and is enjoying the process of writing music for himself.
“I’ll always play music, I’ll always love music,” he continued. “I’ve been playing a lot more guitar lately than I have in a long time and writing a lot of stuff on the acoustic. I’m having fun writing trippy kind of atmospheric stuff, a lot of acoustic, some electric stuff, of course. But it’s really kind of fun being sort of not the guy that I was, writing at that time with the band. It’s all solo stuff. I’ll get friends to play on it and things like that.”
Lifeson and Lee did indeed team up together recently, however it was to help induct Yes into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the speech, Lifeson said, “We’re honoured to be here tonight doing this. It’s really, really great. We all start somewhere. For me, my journey with Yes began when I was a teenager gently fishing out the Yes album out of its sleeve being just a bit freaked by the disembodied head on its cover, placing the needle on the groove, sitting back, letting the music wash over me…. Yes were my gateway band in so many ways. There’s nothing so fleeting yet enduring about the way music when you’re 17-years-old. ”