When Geddy Lee Revealed The ‘Canadian Secret’ To Rush’s Longevity
It’s almost impossible to find a rock band that hasn’t had any lineup changes throughout its career due to personal differences, internal conflicts, or new opportunities. As a result, many bands have experienced different eras according to their power lineups from which fans pick their favorite.
However, there are always expectations of this generalization, and one of them is the Canadian rock band Rush. Although they underwent several lineup changes after their formation, the band got their classic power trio lineup after settling with guitarist Alex Lifeson, drummer Neil Peart, and vocalist Geddy Lee.
The real question is how these three talented rockers got along so well for decades, during which they released numerous iconic albums, including the 1978 record, ‘Hemispheres.’ The secret to their successful tenure, which helped them last for nearly five decades, was once revealed by Geddy Lee.
Geddy Lee Said Rush Never Fights
During a 2015 interview with Rolling Stone, Rush lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist Geddy Lee reflected on the band’s longevity. According to Lee, none of the band members were ever mean to each other, and whenever they had a personal clash regarding their music, they would pout to prevent a verbal fight.
If you ask the frontman, they approached disputes and disagreements the Canadian way. During the interview, he also made a humorous joke, saying that they used to punch Alex Lifeson whenever he said something silly.
Neil Peart once also opened up about their successful and long career, saying that they would probably never stick together if one of the band members was a little unstable, undisciplined, or mean. According to the late drummer, what they have is a miracle as their personalities worked perfectly together.
According to Rolling Stone, Lee said:
“We’re never mean to each other. So if we disagree, we pout. That’s sort of the Canadian way. But we did use to love punching Alex when he said something stupid.”
Late drummer Peart chimed in:
“If any of us were the slightest bit less stable, the slightest bit less disciplined or less humorous or meaner, or in any way different, it wouldn’t have worked. So there’s a miracle there.”
Rush indeed had a harmony like no other band, and all band members were aware that their personalities and behaviors did wonders for them. They were often asked about recruiting other members as the trio was taking on a lot of duties, but they wanted to keep their chemistry which worked until the passing of Peart due to brain cancer, on January 7, 2020.