Alex Lifeson Says Rush Reunion With Geddy Lee Was ‘Bittersweet’

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Former Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson recently gave an interview to The Tennessean and revealed that it was a ‘bittersweet’ moment to make a reunion with Geddy Lee after years.

After becoming a firm representative of progressive rock for over 40 years, Rush said goodbye to the stage following their last tour in 2015. Five years later, the drummer Neil Peart passed away due to brain cancer, and the members decided to end performing together entirely as they could not imagine being on the stage without Peart.

Alex Lifeson continued his music career by forming the supergroup Envy of None and released the self-titled debut album on April 8, 2022. He saw this band as an excellent opportunity to exhibit his musical taste and rediscover his creativity. On the other side, Geddy Lee made a few guest appearances with other artists and published ‘Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book of Bass.’ He is currently working on his memoir to release in the spring of 2023.

On August 9 and 10, 2022, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of the animated TV show South Park, organized a celebration for the show’s 25th anniversary. They teamed up with Primus along with Lifeson and Lee’s guest appearances. The pair gave the fans memorable moments by sharing the same stage after years and performed ‘Closer to the Heart‘ from their 1977 album ‘A Farewell to Kings.’

Recently, Lifeson revealed in an interview that it was both a sad and pleasant moment to get together with Lee again. He said they constantly looked at each other, smiling throughout the rehearsals, and recalled the past years. As he mentioned, Lifeson was unusually nervous on the stage because he knew it was such a crucial moment for the fans. According to him, although Rush does not exist anymore, the fans will remain forever no matter how many years pass.

Alex Lifeson said the following about their reunion with Geddy Lee:

It was bittersweet, in a way. In rehearsals, we kept looking at each other, smiling like ‘Remember the good ‘ole days?’ The gig itself was great. We were a little bit nervous, and that’s odd because I have to admit I don’t remember ever being nervous on stage. I know there were a lot of tears in the audience. It was very moving for us. I didn’t realize, you know. We sort of getting on with our lives. The impact that Rush has had on our fans is substantial. To know that it’s there seven years later it’s still there is heart-warming.”

You can watch the performance below.