Sounds like Rush might be slowing down

December 14, 2015

Recently, Rush’s unfairly talented drummer and lyricist, Neil Peart, made nerds across the world sad when he said in an interview with Drumhead Magazine, “Lately [my daughter] Olivia has been introducing me to new friends at school as ‘my dad — he’s a retired drummer.’ True to say — funny to hear.”

Peart—along with bandmates Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee—is well into his 60s, and he’s considered not only one of the greatest drummers alive, but one of the greatest of all time. Watch the above video to find out why, if you didn’t already know. When he compares himself to an athlete, he means it, and the comparison is incredibly accurate. In fact, there are probably professional athletes out there (looking at you, Winnipeg Blue Bombers) who work far less hard than Peart does.

Lee has come out to say that Peart’s comments by no means signal the end of the line for Rush, but there’s a good chance they won’t be heading out on any massive tours anymore. That means that the recent tour they were on this year might be the last time you could’ve seen them, unless you make a trip somewhere. It’s likely that Peart is simply slowing down, and maybe instead of taking himself out of the game, he’s just taking a much needed breather. So don’t fret, prog-rock nerds: despite the potentially sad news, it doesn’t look like Rush is out of the music makin’ business.

  • Alex Lifeson

    Alex Lifeson from Rush's R40 tour. Credit: Brandon Wallis.

  • Alex Lifeson

    Alex Lifeson from Rush's R40 tour. Credit: Brandon Wallis.

  • Neil Peart

    Neil Peart from Rush's R40 tour. Credit: Brandon Wallis.

  • Alex Lifeson

    Alex Lifeson from Rush's R40 tour. Credit: Brandon Wallis.

  • Alex Lifeson

    Alex Lifeson from Rush's R40 tour. Credit: Brandon Wallis.

  • Geddy Lee

    Geddy Lee from Rush's R40 tour. Credit: Brandon Wallis.

  • Geddy Lee

    Geddy Lee from Rush's R40 tour. Credit: Brandon Wallis.

  • Geddy Lee

    Geddy Lee from Rush's R40 tour. Credit: Brandon Wallis.

  • Geddy Lee

    Geddy Lee from Rush's R40 tour. Credit: Brandon Wallis.

  • Geddy Lee

    Geddy Lee from Rush's R40 tour. Credit: Brandon Wallis.

  • Geddy Lee

    Geddy Lee from Rush's R40 tour. Credit: Brandon Wallis.

  • Geddy Lee

    Geddy Lee from Rush's R40 tour. Credit: Brandon Wallis.

  • Geddy Lee

    Geddy Lee from Rush's R40 tour. Credit: Brandon Wallis.

  • Alex Lifeson

    Alex Lifeson from Rush's R40 tour. Credit: Brandon Wallis.

  • Neil Peart

    Neil Peart from Rush's R40 tour. Credit: Brandon Wallis.

  • Neil Peart

    Neil Peart from Rush's R40 tour. Credit: Brandon Wallis.

  • Neil Peart

    Neil Peart from Rush's R40 tour. Credit: Brandon Wallis.

  • Geddy Lee

    Geddy Lee from Rush's R40 tour. Credit: Brandon Wallis.

  • Alex Lifeson

    Alex Lifeson from Rush's R40 tour. Credit: Brandon Wallis.

  • Alex Lifeson

    Alex Lifeson from Rush's R40 tour. Credit: Brandon Wallis.

  • Alex Lifeson

    Alex Lifeson from Rush's R40 tour. Credit: Brandon Wallis.

  • Alex Lifeson

    Alex Lifeson from Rush's R40 tour. Credit: Brandon Wallis.

 

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Matt Williams

Matt Williams is a writer and photographer. Born and raised on the Prairies in Winnipeg, he’s slowly made his way farther and farther east, spending a few years covering music in Toronto before running clear out of country and ending up on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. In between, he’s made numerous detours, interviewing and photographing countless artists across North America and beyond. He heads up Amplify’s Instrumental series, where he talks with musicians about the relationships they’ve formed with their most important tools.

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