With Rush on ice, guitarist Alex Lifeson and singer/bassist/keyboardist Geddy Lee are reportedly planning a spin-off project.
The Rush fan site Cygnus-X1 reports that media maven Eddie Trunk has said that, “There has been talk about a band called LeeLifeson, which would be the two of them going out and doing stuff together. Geddy told me he is actually reinvigorated. He told me…he made some changes to his diet, which helped his voice, and he had a tone of energy and he wanted to make music and continue in some way.”
Drummer Neal Peart, according to Trunk, “doesn’t even want to play drums anymore,” which is what’s led Rush to be inactive and presumed retired since its 2015 R40 anniversary tour.
Trunk added that the LeeLifeson project is only a rumor, but the last time we spoke with Lifeson he indicated he’d be up to do some more work, especially with Lee:
“I’m getting very itchy. I’m working on a couple little projects and I’m playing a lot and I’ve been looking at some equipment, old vintage equipment. Geddy’s (Lee) been buying up crazy amounts of vintage guitars and basses, so we’re still active and have it in our blood…I don’t know if there’s anything specifically I’m hoping that we’re gonna do…There’s nothing specifically we’re looking at, but ultimate I’d like to get back in with Ged and start writing.”
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.