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Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson talk Rush's history and future plans in new Sound Opinions interview

Sat, Feb 27, 2016@10:12AM | comments

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were guests on the last night's episode of Chicago Public Radio's Sound Opinions program. Sound Opinions is a nationally-syndicated radio talk show hosted by Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot focusing on rock music. It airs Friday nights at 8PM CT and Saturdays at 11AM CT on Chicago Public Radio. The entire show is now available online at the Sound Opinions website and you can also listen using the player below. The Rush portion of the program begins at about the 6:15 mark and runs until the 48-minute mark. They speak with both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson about the history of Rush, interspersed with snippets of several Rush songs along the way. Towards the end of the interview they address the band's future plans:

Alex: I think right now we don't have any plans for anything. Keep in mind that we had a year and a half off after the Clockwork Angels Tour. We didn't talk about anything to do with the band in a year and a half. I think we're just in a stage now where we're just kind of taking some time, reconnecting with our families and friends and pursuing some other interests, and having some fun really. I know Geddy and I love writing together. We've been doing it since we were young teenagers. I'd like to think that we'll do it until we're very old men instead of just "mostly" old men.

Geddy: For Neil it's become too hard. And that's a phrase he likes to use. To play for 3 hours, to play the way we feel is being "Rush" - the way Rush plays a 3-hour show that's very complicated. That has taken its physical toll on his body. During the course of any of the last few tours he's gone through periods that he's having problems. Whether it's tendonitis or whether it's some other thing. So I think for him it's enough. He can't go through all that again. That's gonna dictate obviously what performing live is going to mean for Rush. And whether that happens or not - I can't really say at this point.

Alex: Neil's in a great headspace now. He's really enjoying his life and feels great. He's spending a lot of time with his daughter and his family. And doing the things that he loves to do, with his health intact. That's a very positive thing.