Legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart has put away his drumsticks.
In a new interview with Eddie Trunk on SiriusXM, the Toronto band’s frontman Geddy Lee revealed the news, Rolling Stone reported.
“Neil is retired,” he said. “He hasn’t just retired from Rush; he’s retired from drumming. He’s not drumming anymore, and he’s living his life. Which is fine — Alex [Lifeson] and I are cool with it. We’re all still total pals.”
Lee continued, “In fact, Alex and I were there just a few weeks ago visiting him, and we stay in touch. And, of course, Alex lives very near to me, so we’re constantly going out to dinner ’cause he loves to drink everything in my wine cellar. We’re still pals, and we all talk, but that period of our life is done.”
Rush put out their last album, Clockwork Angels, in 2012, and finished their last tour R40 Live in 2015.
In the 2016 documentary about the band, “Time Stand Still”, it was revealed Peart was suffering serious physical pain throughout the tour.
“Neil was struggling throughout that tour to play at his peak because of physical ailments and other things that were going on with him,” Lee explained to Trunk. “And he is a perfectionist, and he did not want to go out and do anything less than what people expected of him. That’s what drove him his whole career, and that’s the way he wanted to go out, and I totally respect that.”
As for whether Rush fans might see new music from Lee or Lifeson, the singer said, “I don’t know when and what shape that will take. I don’t know if Alex and I will do something together. People keep asking me and they want me to be definitive, and I can’t be, because I really haven’t thought that far.”