ALEX LIFESON of RUSH Confirms That the Band is "Basically Done."

"After 41 years, we felt it was enough."

January 23, 2018

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No doubt crushing the hopes of RUSH fans everywhere, the trio's guitarist, ALEX LIFESON, has confirmed that the heritage, hard-rockin' prog band is "basically done." In a recent column that he submitted to (Toronto's) The Globe and Mail, Lifeson stated, “It’s been a little over two years since Rush last toured...We have no plans to tour or record any more. We’re basically done. After 41 years, we felt it was enough.” After the band's triumphant R40 Anniversary Tour ended, drummer/lyricist NEIL PEART announced his retirement, finally giving in to the chronic tendonitis and other physical ailments that had been plaguing the talented drummer for the past few years...At that time, Alex Lifeson said that at the very least, it would be the "end of touring," but that he and band mate GEDDY LEE still wanted to make music together, and whether or not they do remains a question mark. Additionally, Lifeson offered that it was possible that in the future, there "might" be a "one-off show or a "short run," and that “Maybe next fall or something like that, we’ll plan something. We took a year off before the last tour and we didn’t discuss anything about the band or work, and everybody had a great time, and we came back from that.” However, it seems that for the most part, RUSH is now a thing of the past...Alex and Geddy are working on new projects, and Neil Peart is seemingly enjoying retirement. Thank You RUSH, and Rock On!