Geddy Lee Says Camaraderie Helped Rush’s Longevity
Rush frontman Geddy Lee says that “camaraderie” between the Canadian rock band members was the major contributing factor to the group’s longevity.
In an interview with the National Post, Lee discussed the band’s long career. “We had a long career; we always went our own way; we weren’t afraid to laugh at ourselves — that sense of humour was definitely something we made sure was present in our live shows,” he said.
“I think the camaraderie we had for so many years — we really were very close friends. Alex [Lifeson] and I still are. I think that struck home with a lot of fans. People like to see long marriages and long relationships, people who work together without acrimony. Maintaining that civility and friendship, I think appealed to people because everyone wishes to be in that kind of situation,” he added.
The band came to an end after drummer Neil Peart‘s retirement in 2015, and his death in January 2020 ended any chance of a reunion.
Lee reissued his solo album, My Favorite Headache, last year, and said he’d recently enjoyed listening to it again.
“It’s interesting, I recently re-released my album on vinyl and that forced me to listen to it again. I’m very proud of it — it’s a very intricate record, a deep record, and a lot of love and passion went into it,” Lee said.
He added, “It did get me thinking that one day I’d like to take that on the road, so you never know. But I have no firm plans to do anything right now. It’s not a time when one can plan much, so only time will tell if that comes to fruition.”
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