Alex Lifeson was featured in a new interview published by the Canadian Press today. The article/interview, which is titled Lifeson on Rush's last big tour: Never wants to be 'old and barely able to move' touches not only on the upcoming R40 40th Anniversary tour, but the future of Rush as well.
From the interview:Ahead of rehearsals, a candid Alex Lifeson talked to The Canadian Press about Rush slowing down.Click HERE to read the entire interview.
CP: How are you feeling about this?
Lifeson: I have such mixed feelings about it. In one way, I feel relief. I think that 40 years is a long time to be touring the way we tour. I really like being home with my grandkids. At 61, I don't feel there's anything we need to prove.
I still love playing. But in (drummer) Neil (Peart)'s case, for example, his job is really tough. Playing the way he does is very, very difficult on his body. He has chronic tendonitis in his arms and he's had problems with his shoulders.
It's just getting to the point, no matter how much we love doing it, that it's much more demanding and much more difficult.
I've always hated the idea of being one of those guys who's just up there, old and barely able to move — just doing it for fear of not doing it, or not making an extra buck or whatever.
If this is the last major tour that we do, (I want to) go out with flying colours, where everybody remembers the show they went to as the best Rush they've (seen).
That's a nice legacy to leave behind — rather than the worn-out shadow of something you once were.
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