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Alex Lifeson on Rush: "After 41 Years, We Felt it Was Enough"

by VVN Music

Well, Rush fans. It's time to lower your expectations and accept that the band has played their last notes together.

In April 2015, Alex Lifeson told the press that their R40 tour, celebrating forty years as a recording entity, would probably be their last large scale tour, citing his arthritis and drummer Neil Peart's chronic tendinitis.  The idea of further Rush recording and performances were ended eight months later when Peart announced his retirement although Geddy Lee thought that he Neil really meant he was just "taking a break".

There has been nothing from Rush in the time since that announcement except for the documentary Time Stand Still but, on Tuesday (January 16), Lifeson wrote a piece for the Globe and Mail newspaper saying the band was pretty much done.

It's been a little over two years since Rush last toured. We have no plans to tour or record any more. We're basically done. After 41 years, we felt it was enough.

Lifeson, though, is not sitting and watching the tube. He went on to say he is busier than ever and has been writing on four or five different project plus has been asked to play guitar with other artists as a guest. He's also writing a new monthly column for the West End Phoenix, a Toronto monthly.

Then there's acting. It doesn't sound like it will be a regular thing, but Alex did appear on the Canadian TV show Crawford from one of the creators of Trailer Park Boys.

To see Lifeson's full column, go to the Globe and Mail.