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New Geddy Lee interview in February issue of Record Collector magazine

Thu, Feb 8, 2024@9:03AM | comments

A new interview with Geddy Lee is featured in the February edition of Record Collector magazine. The main focus of the interview is on Geddy's My Effin' Life book, but he touches on a number of other subjects as well. He was asked if promoters and other industry people ever suggest that Rush should recruit a new drummer and tour, and here's what he had to say:

... [it happens] constantly, and I appreciate it. I don't belittle it; I don't dismiss it. When Alex and I played the Taylor Hawkins Tribute concerts last year, it was very good for us to do that. It was nice to play those songs with other people, and it was no disrespect to Neil at all. Those songs are us, you know? They were him, but they were also us, so to retake ownership of those songs and to not be afraid of that moment was huge, and very tempting to do again. Previous to that, I'm not sure I could make that claim. It was really thanks to the incredible will and generosity of Dave Grohl, the most superhuman being on the planet. He gave us that opportunity: he wanted us there, and he was so encouraging. He did everything he could to make it as easy for us to come back in that context, and he was very cognisant. I remember having conversations with him where he'd say, "Well, you can't play with just one drummer, because then they'll all say that it's Rush 2.0." I was like, "Oh yeah - you're right, Dave. How about you be one of the drummers?" ... [Dave] understands a lot. He's a caring, sensitive, incredibly giving person. His encouragement brought us back to the stage, and it was in honour of Taylor, of course, and in honour of our own bandmate and pal Neil, but it was more than that, and I think he knew that....

And here's what he had to say when asked about what's next for Geddy:

... I don't know. One thing I do know is that I don't want to plan my life too far ahead. Another thing is that my life with my wife comes first, so any other idea - whether it's musical or not - is subservient to those decisions. Would I do a musical project? Yes, I would. Will I? We'll see. I'm up for it, but there's the task of promoting this book, and once that's out of the way, I think there'll be a clear view of some musical endeavour that will draw me back in. ... [I'm] pretty effin' good at [doing nothing] [laughs]. I say that, but my wife would vehemently argue that I'm never doing nothing, because I've always got a project on the go. I've just finished another little book that I'll save for another conversation, and I have so many other ideas for other types of book. I'm obsessive about my bird photography: I have two years of bird photographs that I haven't sorted through yet. And then there's all those bass guitars that are staring at me very guiltily, saying, "What the fuck, man? What are we doing here if you're not gonna play us?" All those things are begging for an answer, and I have to attend to them. ...

One interesting take away from this is Geddy revealing that he has finished another little book. It also sounds like Ged is ready to move onto musical projects once he's finished promoting My Effin' Life. John at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed the entire article and made it available online here.

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