Geddy Lee of Rush is putting down rumors of both Neil Peart and Rush's retirement.
Lee spoke with Britain's Prog magazine, saying that it's only the end of touring but there could easily be more recording in the future for the band:
There’s really nothing to say. I think Neil is just explaining his reasons for not wanting to tour, with the toll that it’s taking on his body.On the media taking Peart's comments out of context, Lee added "I think that’s absolutely right. That’s their job. Talking about something when there’s nothing to talk about."
We’ll get together eventually and chat about things. But in my view, there is certainly nothing surprising in what he said.
Peart had previously told Drumhead Magazine (November/December) "… Lately Olivia [his daughter, 6] has been introducing me to new friends at school as ‘My dad– He’s a retired drummer.’ True to say–funny to hear. And it does not pain me to realize that, like all athletes, there comes a time to… take yourself out of the game. I would rather set it aside then face the predicament described in our song ‘Losing It’ (‘Sadder still to watch it die, than never to have known it’)."