Max Mobley talks about Rush drummer, Neil Peart

Max Mobley, author of the book Rush FAQ, reflects on the apparent retirement of drummer Neil Peart.  Read what Max had to say below and at his blog,!


I, like many Rush fans was taken aback by Rush drummer Neil Peart’s quote in Drumhead magazine that went exactly like this:  “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. 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’).”

Could it be? Is Rush truly over? And if so, is this really how us fans learn about it? In a cute anecdote from a father about his young daughter? Well, for now, the answer seems, unequivocally, and rather tragically—yes.

For now.

But, at least in my hemispheres,  there is equal parts light and dark at the far end of the tunnel out of Lamneth.  Leading up to the R40 tour,  Rush’s last (most recent?) outing, guitarist Alex Lifeson and bassist Geddy Lee, who share spokesperson roles have indicated that this tour could maybe possibly kinda perhaps be their last. Yep, they seemed as unsure as anyone about that. Anyone except Neil Peart, that is.

In June of 2015, early during what was one of Rush’s shortest tours (a mere 35 dates between May 8th and August 1 of 2015,  less than half that of the full 2012-13 Clockwork Angels tour) Geddy Lee told Blabbermouth Magazine, “I can certainly see us writing together and putting a musical project together,” Lee said. “I cannot really tell you how that would present itself in a live situation. I don’t know that there is the will from my two partners to do any kind of tour. But I wouldn’t exclude the possibility of doing a set of dates, or some one-off things. I don’t mean to be evasive, but I can’t really answer the question about any future touring, because I don’t really know. And the other guys — it’s an ongoing conversation, and I would say that it’s a decision that’s in flux.”

But wait! As recently as November of 2015 Lifeson, while doing press for the R40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD box set all Rush fans must own, told Billboard Magazine: “That question [about Rush’s future] was posed many times: Is this it? Is this the end? I don’t think it is the end, and we never really said this is definitively our last tour. I think it’s likely to be our last major tour, but we’re still in contact, very close contact with each other, all three of us, and I don’t think it’s certainly the end of the band. There are still lots of things we want to do. It’s not to say that we wouldn’t do something in the future on a smaller scale, and there’s always the fun project of making a record, which we’ve all loved forever. Right now I think we’re just kind of relaxing and taking it in and getting reconnected with our families and friends and more of a domestic life, and then we’ll kinda sort of review it, I think, in the new year and see what we want to do.

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Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

Posted on December 14, 2015, in Music Fans, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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