By Amanda Wicks
After wrapping up their supposed farewell tour in August, Rush began an indefinite hiatus. While the band remains optimistic about making new music, less certain is whether they’ll ever hit the road again together.
Speaking with Drumhead Magazine for its November/December issue, drummer Neil Peart opened up about his future with the band.
Peart shared a humorous anecdote about his daughter. “Lately Olivia has been introducing me to new friends at school as ‘My dad–He’s a retired drummer,'” he told the magazine.
The description began to take on new meaning for Peart following the R40 tour. “True to say–funny to hear. And it does not pain me to realize that, like all athletes, there comes a time to… take yourself out of the game,” he said. “I would rather set it aside then face the predicament described in our song ‘Losing It’ (“Sadder still to watch it die, than never to have known it”)” (via Jambase).
Peart’s family has been a large reason why Rush decided to stop touring once R40 concluded. In an interview, Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee shared that it would be up to Peart whether they go back on the road in the future. “At this point, we’re not able to agree on doing more tours,” Lee said.
“Neil has a complicated life,” he continued. “He has a young daughter, a new family, and he feels–really feels pain to leave, and I understand that.” Lee also cited the physical issues that result from playing “monster” shows for three hours night in and night out.