Sure, Peart is a world-class drummer respected by his peers and beloved by Rush fans the world over — but he’s also an author, a traveler, and an experience-seeker who doesn’t feel constrained by the expectations put upon him by his status in the music realm.
So, when Rush front man Geddy Lee recently told SiriusXM’s Trunk Nation that, “He hasn’t just retired from Rush, he’s retired from drumming,” it doesn’t exactly come as much of a surprise.
Lee continued (as quoted by Loudersound):
“He’s not drumming any more and he’s living his life which is fine. Alex and I are cool with it. We’re all still total pals. 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, because 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.”
The Canadian prog-rock band has officially been on a hiatus since their R40 tour in 2015, and it’s as unclear as ever if the three — Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and guitarist Alex Lifeson — will take the stage togehter as Rush at any point in the future. Lee does say, though, that new music from himself and Lifeson should be in the works.
Listen to the whole interview below: