Rumor has been floating around about RUSH’s R40 tour being both a celebration of their 40 year history, as well as a farewell tour for the band in many ways. Thankfully, we finally have a bit of clarification directly from the mouth of frontman Geddy Lee due to his recent interview with VH1 Classic’s, “That Metal Show.”
“It’s very hard to answer that question for a lot of reasons.” Lee said. “The three guys in this band have different opinions on this point – everyone’s in a different space right now.”
“Neil Peart has a young child at home and he’s said numerous times that it’s very hard for him to leave his daughter. She needs him.”
“It’s clear that we are at a point in our career that we have to slow down – and slow down dramatically. So, I’m not a guy who’s in love with the farewell tour idea, but it’s clear that this is going to be the last big tour that we’re going to do for a while, anyway.”
“In terms of ‘are we still a band?’ Yeah, of course we’re still a band. Do we talk about writing? YEs, we talk about writing. Will we do gigs in the future? I don’t see why not. But, when you are talking about a tour that’s 35 shows, 40 shows, 50 shows, at our age at this point in our lives, I don’t know how many of those are still left in us.”
RUSH will be in the valley for their R40 tour on Monday, July 27th at the U.S. Airways Center.