Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson Might Be Performing As RUSH Again

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson Might Be Performing As RUSH Again | Society Of Rock Videos

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 18: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Singer from the band Rush, Geddy Lee visits the SiriusXM Studios on December 18, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Geddy Lee recently expressed his willingness to team up with his former bandmate, Alex Lifeson, for a possible reunion as Rush. The iconic band disbanded in 2020 following the unfortunate passing of their drummer, Neil Peart.

Originally, Lee and Lifeson had decided not to continue without Peart, who had been part of the Canadian trio since 1974. However, in a recent interview with The Washington Post, Lee mentioned that he would consider collaborating with Lifeson once more, under the name of Rush.

This decision was prompted by a significant moment when the two reunited on stage during the Taylor Hawkins tribute shows in London and Los Angeles last year. At these shows, they performed Rush songs alongside musicians like Danny Carey from Tool, Omar Hakim, and Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, all in memory of the late Foo Fighters member Taylor Hawkins. Dave Grohl, the leader of the Foo Fighters, also joined Lee and Lifeson on stage.

Lee explained:

“It had been a taboo subject, and playing those songs again with a third person was the elephant in the room, and that kind of disappeared. It was nice to know that if we decide to go out, Alex and I, whether we went out as part of a new thing, or whether we just wanted to go out and play Rush as Rush, we could do that now.”

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The idea of a Rush reunion was planted in Geddy Lee’s mind by Paul McCartney, who congratulated them at the Hawkins tribute after-party and suggested they hit the road again.

After their stage reunion in September 2022, Lee and Lifeson met in the studio for the first time in years to jam together. Lee mentioned that Lifeson was enthusiastic about potential opportunities that came their way after the Hawkins shows, but he had undergone surgery for stomach problems in July. Lee emphasized that Lifeson’s well-being was crucial, saying:

“He needs to feel good and feel healthy and strong and then maybe we have a discussion.”

Their performance at the Hawkins tribute shows marked the first time they had played together on stage since Neil Peart’s passing. During these shows, they played three classic Rush songs: “2112: Overture,” “Working Man,” and “YYZ.”

Since the breakup of Rush, Alex Lifeson started a new band called Envy of None, while Geddy Lee has been busy with his book and other projects. The band also released a pinball game last year.

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