Prog band has also been chosen for humanitarian award
By David Sands
November 3, 2016
If you’ve been dreaming of seeing Rush on stage again, don’t expect it to happen unless everyone in the band agrees.
As things now stand, health issues have put an end to any more touring. And, in the prog rock group’s new documentary, Time Stand Still, bassist Geddy Lee says any future plans will need unanimous support.
“We always said that if the three of us aren’t on board, we don’t do a thing.” he said, “So one guy doesn’t want to do that thing anymore that I love to do. That hurts. But there’s nothing I can do about it and that’s part of the agreement.”
Following last year’s R40 tour, which commemorated the prog rock group’s 40th anniversary, drummer Neil Peart indicated he was no longer interested in touring as he suffers from chronic tendinitis. On top of that, guitarist Alex Lifeson has also had issues with arthritis.
Thankfully, although touring seems out of the question right now, new recordings and isolated performances still remain in the realm of possibility.
In more uplifting news, it’s been announced that Rush will be honored with a special award next April during the 2017 Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards in Toronto. Lee, Peart and Lifeson will be receiving an Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award for their charitable work and support of social causes.
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