Rush’s Alex Lifeson says current tour could be band’s last

Group would instead consider multiple night residencies

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson has admitted the band’s current tour could be their last.

The Canadian trio last month embarked on a US tour to mark their 40th anniversary, and according to Lifeson, it could be the last of its kind.

“This tour is the first tour where we’re really looking at it that way,” he told the Niagara Falls Review.

“It’s a lot tougher at 61 than it was at 21. And we’re all feeling the aches and pains of our advancing years. I have had arthritis for a long time and it’s just a little more in the forefront, in terms of my hands. And you know [drummer] Neil’s [Peart] had this chronic tendonitis in his arm and his shoulders are starting to feel it, you know he plays so hard, so it only stands to reason that you need to warm up, you need to get in shape.

“We all go to the gym, four or five times a week. It’s not just sitting around and eating chips and smoking pot. I mean that’s fine but to prep for a tour, it’s a really serious endeavour.”

Lifeson did assert, however, that he doesn’t see Rush “breaking up or hanging it up” and would consider doing multiple night residencies. “We’ve always talked about doing say five days at Radio City, five days at Massey Hall, those sorts of runs instead of five, six, seven months.”