How Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant Saved Rush In Their Lowest Point, Geddy Lee Explains
Rush lead vocalist Geddy Lee opened up about the time when the band entered a five-year hiatus back in 1997 during an interview with Classic Rock Magazine, and apparently, it was Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant who brought the band together with a surprisingly unexpected phone call.
As many of you might remember, Rush went on a hiatus that lasted for five years after the conclusion of the ‘Test for Echo’ tour in 1997 mostly because of the personal issues with drummer Neil Peart’s life, starting from his 19-year-old daughter Selena passing away in a car accident in August 1997, followed by the death of his wife Jacqueline from cancer in June 1998.
During the extended hiatus, Peart was mourning as he was traveling extensively throughout North America on his motorcycle and his bandmates considered him retired not knowing what to do while one of their band members was wondering around without knowing if he’ll ever come back.
Lucky for them, Geddy Lee received a phone call from Robert Plant which was unbelievable at first, however, Led Zeppelin frontman called Lee while Jimmy Page and Plant himself were touring and came to Toronto on July 4, 1998, in order to invite the band members to the show, as Rush vocalist revealed during a recent interview.
After explaining the circumstances, Robert Plant actually went on insisting the Rush members reunite and come to the show since the sooner they get together the better for the band. His efforts weren’t in vain as the phone call coming from the heroes of Rush convinced the band members to reassemble which saved the day for the Rush fans who might have been disappointed for decades without Led Zeppelin frontman.
Here is what Geddy Lee said:
“Page & Plant were touring Walking Into Clarksdale and they came to Toronto. Someone kept calling our office saying they were Robert Plant and they needed to speak to me. No one believed it, but turns out it was him.
We were on hiatus after Selena had passed away and we were not in a good place. I called Robert back, and he wanted us to come to the show, and I was pretty down in the dumps at that point. And he said, ‘No, come to the show, we’ll talk.’ He understood what was going on with the band. I remember him saying: ‘You’ve got to re-join life, and sooner is better than later. So get your ass down here.’ So I called Alex up and said we’re going to see Page & Plant.
And they were totally awesome. They were so nice. There’s nothing better than meeting someone you admire for so many years and so many reasons and finding out they’re true gents.”
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