Alex Lifeson: "I'm not interested in going back on tour"

Alex Lifeson: “I'm not interested in going back on tour”

In a conversation with the American magazine Guitar World, the guitarist of Rush Alex Lifeson he declared, addressing the band's fans, not to count too much on a reunion.

While he was talking about his new gear – an amp, a pedal and a guitar – Lifeson was asked point blank if he planned to use it with his bandmate Geddy Lee. Here the 70-year-old Canadian musician revealed that despite all the rumors circulating these days about the reunion of

Rush he said he wasn't so sure. Talking about the latest concerts of Rush he explained: “The show was fantastic. I think a lot of our fans thought, why now? But we broke up the band basically for Neil. And he had valid reasons. He was tired. He could no longer play at the level he expected of himself. So he felt the time had come. But I think for a lot of Rush fans there wasn't a feeling of closure. So there is hope that we will get back together.”

Lifeson also said that playing with Geddy Lee during the bassist's book tour and at tribute concerts for TaylorHawkins it was an inspiration to get back together. She decided not to, however, and explained why: “I mean, we've been touring for 40 years. I'm not interested in going back on tour. I don't want to sit in a hotel room for hours and hours and hours and then work a couple of hours. Been there, done that, loved it. But this belongs to the past. So if me and Ged get back together again and we write or do something, we'll see. Until then, there is a lot to work on.”

Earlier this year, Alex Lifeson in an interview with Ultimate Guitar talking about the Rush he said he didn't know and that they should ask Geddy. “When he's ready, he always says, 'Come get some coffee, let's go to the studio and play some notes.' Yes, call me. It's been very busy so far, but I think maybe in the new year, or this is the new year, maybe soon we'll find time to sit down and see what happens. Maybe nothing happens. Maybe it will be great. I don't know.'

Geddy Lee gave the green light for a reunion of the Rush in November 2023. At the time he said that playing the songs of Rush with a third person afterwards the passing of drummer Neil Peart in 2020 it was something they previously avoided doing, but now it could be done.