The Real Reason Alex Lifeson Is Selling His Rush Guitars
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Alex Lifeson revealed the real reason why he is putting up his guitars for bidding at the Julien’s Auctions “Music Icons” event.
Almost 10 guitars Lifeson has used in recording Rush albums is going under the hammer at the event dubbed as Property from the Archives of Alex Lifeson. It will be held on May 22 at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York.
Lifeson then admitted that working with his new band Envy of None was part of his decision to auction off most of his guitars. In a new interview with Ultimate Guitar, he explained how his latest musical project gave him a new perspective on life following the break up of Rush in 2015.
“We could have continued touring.
“I think we were playing great. The last tour, I thought we played really, really well. I thought the show looked fantastic, and you could argue that that’s the best way to go out. That’s where your legacy is intact, and that’s how people remember you.”
Lifeson shared that he didn’t feel like his career has come to an end, and that Envy of None’s natural progress from experimental songwriting to releasing their debut album was the change he was looking for.
“Coming into this project, and really devoting my time and energy to it, it was a rebirth for me, and now my horizon is sparkling again.
“Getting rid of the guitars – I feel like we’re getting leaner in our lifestyle, and it just feels like this movement forward.”
Lifeson also shared that discussions about a second Envy of None album and a solo record by band vocalist Maiah Wynne has started.
“So there are a lot of opportunities, and I just take them as they come.
“I’d rather be productive, and I’m going to continue working. I’m not going to play Rush songs, I’m not going to try and be what I was when I was 25 years old, or 30 years old. I’m a different person now… I think differently.”