RUSH's ALEX LIFESON: 'I Still Have A Lot Of Fun Playing Music'

November 1, 2018

At the 11th annual Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Rock & Roll Golf Classic in Malibu, California, RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson spoke to about how rock music has dwindled and may never blossom with the same bombastic and guitar-shredding ferocity that blasted it to the top of the charts. "Generations change, tastes change, music changes," Alex said (see video below). "I think for a long time, rock music always occupied a certain area, and pop music came up, and it was all sort of related. Pop music today is not so related — it's not guitar based like it was in the past — so it's really, really different. Like my grandkids, for example — [they are] 15 and 11 — they listen to all the stuff that they listen to; they listen to rap and some pop music. So I get to hear some of it. But our music is not their music, and they really don't connect to it at all, even in that classic rock sense; they're just not interested in it. So I don't know where it's going. I just know that I still have a lot of fun playing music. I work with a lot of different people now — very, very different things; a great variety — so that's what's really important to me."

RUSH bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee recently confirmed that the band is unlikely to play any more shows or make new music.

RUSH's chronic tendinitis-suffering drummer Neil Peart hinted during a 2015 interview with Drumhead magazine that he would no longer tour with the band, revealing his daughter had already started referring to dad as "a retired drummer."

Lifeson and Lee said that the band will never do a show unless all three musicians agree to take part.

On November 16, UMe/Anthem/ole label group will continue its extensive RUSH 40th-anniversary album series with a new, expanded edition of the band's groundbreaking 1978 release "Hemispheres".

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