RUSH: Peart’s Dilemma
Drummer says he feels guilty leaving his family to tour.
Rush will be hitting the road again this year, and once again drummer Neil Peart will be feeling guilty.
He says, “Should I be excited about leaving my family? No, and no one should. It’s as simple as that: if you put aside the fantasy of it, it is what it is and has to be done. And that’s fine and I pour my entire energy and enthusiasm into it, but of course, I’m of two minds about the whole idea… I’ve been doing this for 40 years — I know how to compartmentalize, and I can stand missing [my daughter], but I can’t stand her missing me and it’s painful and impossible to understand for her. How can a small child process that? And there’s the guilt that comes with that — you fell guilty about it, of course. I’m causing pain.”
Rush plan to start touring in the late spring.