Rush’s Alex Lifeson And Geddy Lee “Still Talk About” Working On New Music Together

During a recent interview with Make Weird Music, Rush’s Alex Lifeson revealed that him and Geddy Lee “still talk about” the possibility of working on new music together. However, he went on to say that scheduling conflicts and the coronavirus pandemic ended up putting the idea on hold.

Lifeson said the following:

“After we finished the last [RUSH] tour in 2015, I started just writing on my own and doing some stuff. Geddy was working on his book. We talked about getting together and doing some stuff together, but it got very, very busy for him, even after he finished writing the book — taking it on the road. So we never got a chance to sit down and start working or just having some fun together. We still talk about it, and I’m sure we will. Of course, now with the pandemic, it’s kind of wrecked things for a bit. But we’re both eager to get back together and kind of get back into that thing that we’ve done since we were 14 years old that we love to do. And we work really, really well together. So we’ll see what happens with that.”

He also reflected on the first anniversary of Neil Peart’s death:

“After Neil passed, it was very difficult to get inspired or motivated to play. As you can imagine, we were very, very close. You lose anybody that’s close, it’s a profound thing. And I think both Geddy and I expected to be better with it. Neil was sick for three and a half years, and no one really knew about it. Well, lots of people knew about it, but it wasn’t public, the information. So we thought that we would be prepared for the end when it came, and we weren’t. We both really struggled with it.

Same thing happened when [Neil’s] daughter passed away. I didn’t play for quite a long time at all; music just didn’t seem that important. And it was the same thing with this. And then COVID hit, and now we’re all sort of in a different mental space.

For me, that first year of grieving is the milestone, and once you get past that, I think you… I don’t know. It’s an anniversary that you process, and it becomes a little easier to handle.

With Neil, I’m always seeing pictures, and I’m always reminded of him, and all that stuff, and that was difficult, but now that it’s [been] a year, I find that I think of the good times that we had together more than the sadness. And we had so many great times — we laughed so much over all those years. Aside from the work that we did and being a partner to one of the greatest drummers in history, and bass players for that matter, I just remember the laughing and the smiles and all of that stuff. So it rounds out the picture and makes it a little easier to move forward.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Rush’s Geddy Lee To Appear At The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Virtual Gala Concert

Rush’s Geddy Lee will be taking part in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s “Resilient Symphony: The Show Must Go On” virtual gala concert on February 18. The event will support the VSO and the VSO School Of Music and tickets for it can be found HERE.

The VSO issued the following statement:

“These are imperfect times. It takes courage, imagination, and sheer determination to navigate this new world. The VSO and VSO School of Music are steadfastly committed to keeping the music alive and thriving.

On February 18, 2021 we invite you to join us for the VSO’s Gala Concert: The Show Must Go On: Stories of Resilience.

This is no ordinary Virtual Gala Concert – this is a once in a lifetime experience not be missed.

Join host Steve Maddock and special guests Maestro Otto Tausk, James Ehnes, Itzhak Perlman, Measha Brueggergosman, k.d. lang, Geddy Lee, Steven Page, Jens Lindemann, Stewart Goodyear, Bria Skonberg, Red Robinson, and the musicians of the VSO for an evening of music and stories. Stories you never get to hear – the missed flight; the story behind the story of the delayed start; the imposter Maestro; what the VSO did when Queen Latifah became ill two days before she was to appear with the VSO; stories of intrigue and mystery – all accompanied by inspiring music, amazing food, wine and ambiance – in the comfort and safety of your own home.

See you at theconcerthall.ca this February 18.”

Rush’s Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson Thank Everyone For “Outpouring Of Love” Following Neil Peart’s Death

Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson have taken to social media to thank everyone for their support following the tragic death of Neil Peart. The duo said the following:

“Our most heartfelt thanks go out to family, friends, musicians, writers and fans from around the globe for the incredible outpouring of love and respect for Neil since his passing. These touching tributes help to lessen the pain of this terrible loss and remind us all to celebrate his remarkable life and our connections to it. – Geddy & Alex“

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Neil Peart (Rush)

As previously reported, Rush’s Neil Peart has sadly passed away following a battle with brain cancer. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary drummer and some of the various posts can be found below:

Geddy Lee (Rush):

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Rest in peace, my brother. 💔

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Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett:

Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins:

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

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RIP #NeiPeart

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Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath):

KISS’ Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons:

Gary Holt (Exodus):

David Ellefson (Megadeth):

Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, and Frank Bello:

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.):

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R.I.P. #nealpeart An extraordinary talent.

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King Diamond:

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine):

John Dolmayan (System Of A Down):

Steven Adler (ex-Guns N’ Roses):

Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row):

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.):

Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour):

Overkill:

Mike Inez (Alice In Chains):

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Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins):

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7J9U-MBLlJ/?hl=en

Alex Bent (Trivium):

Taylor Momsen (The Pretty Reckless):

Chris Jericho (Fozzy):

Matt Sorum (ex-Guns N’ Roses, etc.):

Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch):

Adam Gontier (Saint Asonia, ex-Three Days Grace):

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~ Shocked. The Legend. Rest In Peace Neil Peart. 🙏🏻

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Shawn Drover (ex-Megadeth, etc.):

Sacred Reich:

Matt Halpern (Periphery):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Chuck D (Public Enemy, Prophets of Rage):

Dan Briggs (Between The Buried And Me):

Peter Frampton:

Jack Black (Tenacious D):

Rush’s Geddy Lee Announces December Book Signing Events

Rush’s Geddy Lee has announced three December “Geddy Lee’s Big Book Of Beautiful Bass” book signing events. You can find more info on those at rush.com. Here’s the dates:

12/08 Pittsburgh, PA – Barnes & Noble
12/09 New York, NY – Barnes & Noble
12/14 Halifax, NS, Canada – Indigo

Rush’s Geddy Lee Announces November Book Signing Events

Rush’s Geddy Lee has announced that he will be signing copies of “Geddy Lee’s Big Book Of Beautiful Bass” on a November U.S. tour. You can find more info on those events at rush.com. Here’s the dates:

11/01 Seattle, WA – Third Place Books (5 p.m.)
11/02 Denver, CO – Tattered Cover Book Store (5 p.m.)
11/03 Phoenix, AZ – Changing Hands (4 p.m.)
11/04 Austin, TX – BookPeople (5 p.m.)

Rush’s Geddy Lee To Auction Off Six Guitars From His Personal Collection

Rush’s Geddy Lee has announced that he will be auctioning off six of his blue-ribbon, coveted classic guitars. The instruments will be sold during Mecum Auctions’ Las Vegas-based auction on October 10-12. You can read more about that and check out the guitars over at mecum.com.

Rush’s Geddy Lee Announces More U.S. Book Signing Events

Rush’s Geddy Lee has announced that he will be signing copies of “Geddy Lee’s Big Book Of Beautiful Bass” on a July U.S. tour. Fans that buy a ticket will receive a copy of the book for Lee to personalize. He will not sign any other items. Here’s the dates:

07/14 Nashville, TN – The Basement East
07/15 St. Louis, MO – Left Bank Books
07/17 Chicago, IL – Barnes & Noble
07/18 Boston, MA – Brookline Booksmith
07/19 Philadelphia, PA – Barnes & Noble
07/20 Atlanta, GA – Acapella Books

Rush’s Geddy Lee Announces European/UK Book Tour

Rush’s Geddy Lee has announced that he will be signing copies of “Geddy Lee’s Big Book Of Beautiful Bass” on a European/UK tour. Fans that buy a ticket will receive a copy of the book for Lee to personalize. He will not sign any other items. Here’s the dates:

06/08 London, UK – Waterstones Piccadilly (signing 4 p.m.)
06/10 Manchester, UK – Blackwell’s @ International Anthony Burgess Foundation (Q&A hosted by Philip Wilding, signing 7 p.m./doors 6:30 p.m.)
06/12 Glasgow, UK – Waterstones Glasgow Sauchiehall Street (signing 5:30 p.m.)
06/13 Amsterdam, NNET – ABC Amsterdam (signing 6 p.m.)
06/15 Hamburg, GER – Sautter + Lackmann (signing 4 p.m.)

Rush’s Geddy Lee Announces Canadian Book Tour

Rush’s Geddy Lee has announced that he will be signing copies of “Geddy Lee’s Big Book Of Beautiful Bass” on a Canadian tour. The trek will coincide with the launch of “Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Bass” exhibit, which is set to open at Studio Bell at The National Music Centre (NMC) on May 26.

Tour Dates:

05/22 Victoria, BC – Bolen Books (Signing 7 p.m.)
05/23 Vancouver, BC – Indigo Metrotown (Signing 7 p.m.)
05/25 Calgary, AB – NMC – Q&A & Signing/Bass Exhibit VIP 1 p.m.)
05/26 Calgary, AB – NMC – Geddy Lee’S Big Beautiful Bass Exhibit Opens To Public
05/26 Edmonton, AB – Costco 1112 West Edmonton (Signing 2 p.m.)
05/27 Winnipeg, MB – Costco 549 Winnipeg South (Signing 5 p.m.)
05/28 Toronto, ON – Indigo Bay And Bloor (Signing 7 p.m.)
05/29 Ottawa, ON – Centrepointe Theatre (Interview with Signing 7 p.m.)
06/01 Richmond Hill, ON – Cosmofest (Signing 1 p.m.)
06/03 Oakville, ON – Oakville Centre For The Performing Arts (Interview with Signing 7 p.m.)
06/04 Montreal, QC – Rialto Theatre (Interview with Signing 7 p.m.)

It is worth noting that Lee will personalize and sign each book, but there will be no extra time for him to sign Rush memorabilia.