Alex Lifeson Explains Why He Refuses To Tour With Rush


Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson shared his opinion about touring once again during a recent interview with Guitar Player magazine.

In the conversation, Alex pointed out that he is not interested in a tour with Rush because he is currently trying to finish their new album with Andy Curran. Furthermore, the musician mentioned that he doesn’t feel like touring now, but he would reconsider if it were a handful of shows. As Alex said, he won’t be okay with anything beyond that.

While the veteran guitarist said, he has already spent over forty years in the hotel rooms and noted that he is pretty used to living his home life. Moreover, Alex initially thought he would miss being on the stage, but it wasn’t the case for him. However, the guitarist revealed that he would play in small events such as charities.

Alex Lifeson talked about touring with Rush in the interview:

 “I’m not really thinking about that. It’s challenging enough to try to get this album out first. To be honest with you, I don’t think I have it in me to go on the road.

I mean, if it was a handful of shows, that might be kind of fun, but anything beyond that… After 40 years of sitting in hotel rooms, I’m not interested. I’ve had quite enough of that. I do love my home life.

I thought I would miss being on stage a lot more, but I don’t really. I’ve done a couple of things here and there. Small things – usually it’s a charity event or something like that. It’s kind of fun getting up and playing with other people, but the whole production – the big, giant machine – it doesn’t really hold much appeal to me now.”

Later in the interview, Alex Lifeson also talked about the possibility of touring with his former bandmate Geddy Lee and stated that he is actually open to any collaborations with the bass guitarist.