RUSH: Closer to the End
Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson say they don't see themselves touring for to many more years.
It's no secret that as Rush makes their way around the world on their Clockwork Angels tour that the clock is ticking on their days as a touring band.
Geddy Lee says, "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... 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."
Guitarist Alex Lifeson adds, "Hopefully, we'll get through this tour with no problems -- I'd like to think that we will, and that's certainly our plan. But 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, and who knows what'll come after that? I mean, I think my fingers will still work for a little while longer... I don't want to be 70 years old jumping around onstage. Maybe if we're still making great music, sure. But I kind of doubt it by that point. Most 70-year-old rock musicians I see now are not really that enjoyable to watch."
Geddy and Alex, both 59, along with their 60-year old drummer Neil Peart, do the second of two nights in their native Toronto on Tuesday.