Rush drummer Neil Peart announces retirement
Neil Peart celebrated his 40th anniversary as Rush’s drummer while touring over the summer on the “R40 Tour.”
During that time and in an interview with Q107 Toronto, Alex Lifeson told us that it would most likely be Rush’s last full-scale tour due to Lifeson psoriatic arthritis and Peart’s chronic tendonitis.
Lifeson injected hope within fans for the potential of future smaller Rush tours, but ultimately stated that the fate of the band really was in the hand of “The Professor” and his desires moving forward.
Unfortunately, the world’s greatest drummer has decided to retire, telling Drumhead Magazine in a recent interview.
“Lately Olivia has been introducing me to new friends at school as ‘My dad– He’s a retired drummer.’ True to say–funny to hear. And it does not pain me to realize that, like all athletes, there comes a time to… take yourself out of the game,” Peart told the magazine. “I would rather set it aside then face the predicament described in our song ‘Losing It’ (‘Sadder still to watch it die, than never to have known it’).”
On top of his health issues, Peart previously mentioned his longing to spend more time with his family.
In a Q107 interview with Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee on November 11, Toronto’s own sat down with Joanne Wilder to discuss the R40 tour and their plans for the future as one of Canada’s most iconic bands.
Upon listening back now, the imminent fate of Rush was looming in their voices.
The full audio interview is below: