Chad Smith Raises Expectations About Geddy Lee And Alex Lifeson Reuniting Rush

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer recently sat down with Danny Wimmer to chat about taking the stage with Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson for Taylor Hawkins’ tribute concert in L.A. last year. Chad shared that after their performance he is hopeful for a Rush reunion. The drummer explained:

“I think doing this Taylor [Hawkins] thing again has gotten them [Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson] kind of rejuvenated, ‘Maybe we can do it?’ Because that was such a huge hole with Neil [Peart]  you can’t replace f*cking Neil period. He’s been with them for 40 whatever years.”

He continued:

“But you know at the end of the day they were like, ‘This is what we do. It’s what we have always done.’ All of a sudden what they don’t do it anymore? They still obviously can play so maybe this will inspire them.”

Besides Geddy and Alex’s get together during Taylor’s tribute concert, Chad spoke about their performance with Primus at the ‘South Park’ 25th anniversary concert last summer. The drummer shared that this may have pushed Lee and Lifeson to reconsider a Rush reunion by adding:

“Those guys are so happy to be playing again. Here’s another really cool thing about this is that they did one thing at Red Rocks Geddy and Alex from Rush with the guys from South Park not too long ago. The Primus guys were doing like moving pictures or hemispheres in one of their records and they played along with it.”

Chad expressed:

“They were part of the show. They loved it and enjoyed the hell out of it. Those guys miss playing they couldn’t play anymore, Neil couldn’t do it anymore but they still want to play.”

You can watch Chad Smith’s interview with Danny Wimmer Presents below.