Alex Lifeson Brushes Off Rush Question: ‘Ask Geddy Lee This’

In a recent interview with Ultimate Guitar, Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson revealed why a Rush reunion could never happen. Discussing the possibility of reuniting with Geddy Lee for a musical project anytime soon, he said:

“Um, I don’t know. Ask him. I don’t know. There’s certainly a lot of interest in us doing something. I think for a lot of Rush fans, they’ve been hoping for… Geddy had his book tour. I went out on a few of those dates with him. I think that’s kind of sparked more interest in us working together.”

The rocker himself is also not sure of the outcome: Whether they would sit down to make new music or nothing happens. He continued:

“When he’s ready, he always says, ‘Come over for a coffee and we’ll go down to the studio and bash around a few notes.’ Yeah, call me. And so far he’s been so busy, but I think maybe in the new year — or this is the new year — maybe soon we’ll find the time to sit down and see what happens. Maybe nothing happens. Maybe it’s not there anymore. Maybe it’s gonna be amazing. I don’t know. We’ll see.”

The Reunion Would Be ‘Rush 2’

Formed in 1968, the trio continued their career nonstop until the retirement of Neil Peart in 2015, later followed by the passing of the drummer in 2020. Today, he is aware that Rush would not be the same. He explained further why Rush would never happen again:

“Honestly, it’s not a priority for us. We’re happy in our lives. So, it’s not like we need to go back to something. And that’s my fear. That if we — that would be the expectation, this is like Rush 2. But by necessity it has to be something different. And it can never be Rush. Without Neil, it can never be Rush. That’s it. It’s over. But you never know what can happen. So we’ll see.”

Will Lifeson Return To Road?

The rockers had been on tour for 40 years until they stopped touring in 2015. Despite enjoying the shows with Lee, Lifeson insisted there are no new plans not only to hit the road, but he also has no interest in touring in any capacity at all. Though he loves touring, there is still one aspect of it that he still does not like to this day:

 “40 years of touring, I’m not interested in touring anymore. I enjoyed it when we did it. There were lots of ups and downs. The gig is great, the show is great, and for the other 21 hours in a day, you’re just waiting for those three hours. And it gets tiring, especially when you have a family and you have loved ones at home that you’re estranged from for months and months and months at a time. I don’t miss that aspect of it. Do I like playing in front of people? Yeah. I still like that — maybe not to the point where I have to do it.”

You can watch the latest interview below.