Neil Peart’s Intuition About Rush’s Final Show
Forming a band might seem easy as all a musician needs to look for is like-minded individuals who share a common passion for music. After a band’s initial formation, long hours are spent trying to book a gig, find a manager, get funding to record a studio album, and promote it. If the band succeeds, they start touring and spend months on the road.
The journey described above eventually either brings band members closer or tears them apart. It’s widely known that many bands have experienced both instances. GN’R’s Izzy Stradlin, for example, alienated himself from the band during a long tour and preferred not to communicate with his former bandmates.
The long time spent on the road had the exact opposite effect on Rush. Each band member embraced one another as family members throughout their career. Perhaps, their healthy relationship and communication capability were among the secrets of their success. So, when Neil Peart passed away in 2020, Geddy Lee said it was like losing a brother.
However, it seems like Neil Peart had predicted his unfortunate future long before his death. Frontman Geddy Lee recalled the drummer’s intuition about his final performance with Rush. Perhaps, Peart felt this was the end for them way before his bandmates realized it was.
What Did Neil Peart Predict About Rush’s Final Show?
On August 1, 2015, the band gave their last performance together without realizing it. One of Rush’s breakthrough tracks, ‘Working Man,’ was the last song on the playlist, and weirdly, the show was more emotional than their previous ones, as if the bandmates had sensed that this somehow was the end of the road.
Geddy Lee recalled the show three and a half years later as he chatted with The Guardian in 2018. While the frontman was listing his favorite tracks of the band when he named ‘Working Man.’ It was much more than a ‘favorite song‘ as it was the last one they performed at their final show.
Lee was then asked if he had felt that the performance would be Rush’s last one. The frontman answered by stating that he wasn’t one hundred percent sure back then. His bandmate Neil, however, seemed to be sure that it was the end for Rush. The drummer played like it was his last performance.
The musician expressed that this intuition was why Peart eventually left his drum kit and gathered the band members for a hug. Lee explained that the drummer had promised he wouldn’t hug them on stage, but he couldn’t keep his promise with the emotional atmosphere of the performance.
Geddy also explained that bandmate Alex Lifeson had accepted that it was the end, but the frontman remained optimistic. Lee thought the show was fantastic that night, but it was also hard to tell since the band got emotional in the last twenty minutes. Yet, even Geddy knew deep down that it could be the end, and the musician stated that it was why he got choked up while on stage.
Rush frontman words on Neil Peart’s intuition and if he was aware of the fact that the show would be their last performance:
“Not 100%. Neil was pretty adamant that it was, and he played it like it was going to be the final show. And that’s why he actually left the drum throne and came out and gave us a hug on stage, which he swore he would never do.
I guess I was a bit of an optimist. But nope. I think Alex accepted it more as the end. I thought we really killed it that night, but it was hard to tell because it got really emotional in the last 20 minutes. That’s the first time I ever got choked up at a microphone. So I guess a part of me knew.”
The band members had a unique dynamic, which probably helped them achieve worldwide success. Rush members might have been professional partners in music, but they also regarded one another as family. It was apparent that Neil Peart was aware that the performance would be their last, and even though they didn’t voice it, it seems like Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson also knew.