Rush Will Never Tour Again Without All Three Members of Their Classic Line-up


downloadWell here’s the final word from the band. Rolling Stone magazine report after watching the new RUSH documentary “Time Stand Still” the group has a three Musketeers stance on things, “All for one and one for all, united we stand divided we fall.”

The rumour were swirling in the last year on whether the Classic band would ever tour without their tendinitis-suffering drummer Neil Peart suggested that retirement might be in his future causing panic to the die-hards online. In the film Peart says says concerning their last R40 tour, “I realized I was kind of a solitary misfit in that context of being the one that wanted to pull that plug. I left one little window in my mind that if somebody wanted to do it one more time and didn’t know if they’d be able to, (I would do it).”

Peart was not happy about touring again however. He said, “I felt trapped,” says Peart. “I was stomping around and cursing. But by the next day it was like, ‘It is what it is. Deal with it!'”

In the documentary Lifeson says they would not tour however without all three.,“It’s not like you just get new members of a band and just go for it, Rush has never been a band like that. We’d never, ever do something like that.”

Lee Says, We always said that if the three of us aren’t on board, we don’t do a thing. There have been other decisions in our career where the three of us weren’t on board and we didn’t do it. Nothing as profound as ending our touring life, but fair enough. So one guy doesn’t want to do that thing anymore that I love to do. That hurts. But there’s nothing I can do about it and that’s part of the agreement.”

Peart, replaced John Rutsey in 1974 after the first Rush album. His first album with Rush was ‘Fly By Night’ in 1975.

“Time Stand Still” nationwide on Thursday, November 3. as a one-night-only screening. – by John Beaudin

John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver.

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