Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson has confirmed today that the band has retired from touring, due to drummer Neil Peart no longer being able to cope physically with the rigours of their live shows.
Speaking with Rolling Stone Lifeson stated that;
“He didn’t even want to do the [R40 Tour], to be honest with you,” Lifeson explained. “It’s been increasingly difficult for him, but he committed to the tour and we got through it. As far as he was concerned, that was the end of touring.”
“His shoulders were hurting, his arms were hurting, his elbows, his feet, everything,” Lifeson added of Peart. “He didn’t want to play anything less than 100 percent. He was finding it increasingly difficult to hit that mark on this last tour. So, all those things combined, I get it. I’m disappointed and I think Geddy is very disappointed and we’d love to continue this tour a little bit longer, but we’re off now.”
Lifeson would not close the door on Rush entirely, however, saying it’s possible they could still record music or play a one-off show together but he has yet to discuss this with the band.