RUSH: Catch The Band’s Touching Final Moments Together Onstage
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R40, Summer 2015
As much as we hated to admit it, Rush’s critically acclaimed R40 Tour was very likely the last time we’ll ever see the prog rock giants in a live setting again. Rumors were flying regarding drummer Neil Peart’s possible retirement from touring completely due to increasing chronic arthritis pain and just generally wanting to be home with his 6 year old daughter, Olivia. Earlier this year, the 63-year-old drummer confirmed his official retirement from touring, and Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson admitted that the fate of the band is “up in the air,” making their final performances even more special! In fan shot footage of their last show at Inglewood’s Los Angeles Forum last August, fans get to see Geddy, Alex, and Neil take one final bow together – no doubt marveling at the road the last 40 years have taken them down, and it’s a moment that’ll put a catch in the throat of even the most hardened Rush fans.
Fun Fact: Rush released 18 studio and live albums within a 20 year span.
The way Neil Peart runs down from behind his kit to embrace Geddy and Alex in a massive hug perfectly sums up a legacy of friendship and killer music, and the little treat at the end when the band heads towards their dressing room is sure to make you laugh and take you down memory lane to your first run in with one of the greatest progressive rock bands to walk the earth. We’ll miss Rush, but footage like this makes us so very, very glad we had them for as long as we did!