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Alex Lifeson talks Juno Awards, charity, R40 Live tour in new Toronto Sun interview

Thu, Mar 12, 2015@10:09AM | comments

UPDATE - 3/14@9:11AM: Here's another short interview from Billboard Canada with Alex Lifeson talking about the Award and Rush's charitable endeavors over the years.

Juno AwardsRush will be the recipient of the 2015 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the 2015 Juno Gala Dinner & Awards ceremony this coming Saturday, March 14th in Hamilton, ON. The award recognizes outstanding Canadian artists whose contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada. In the lead up to the ceremony, Jane Stevenson at the Toronto Sun spoke with Alex Lifeson for an interview where he discusses the Award, Rush's charitable endeavors over the years, and rehearsing for the band's upcoming R40 Live tour:

... [Neil] Peart is in Los Angeles - where the band will start rehearsing March 30 for their upcoming R40 tour ... and Lifeson is away with his grandkids. But Lee will be on hand Saturday night to accept the honour in Hamilton. "We're prepping for the tour; we're at that stage where we've just started playing. You don't want to hear us," says Lifeson. ... "We're nuts," says Lifeson. "We rehearse for six weeks before the rehearsals. I'm serious. I've been rehearsing for three weeks now. I spend four hours, three times a week, and then the rest of the time I play for an hour to two hours. And that's just to get ready for rehearsals." ...

So it looks like only Geddy will be on hand at the ceremony Saturday evening. You can read the entire interview online here (thanks Driven from TO).