In an interview with Premier Guitar, Rush axe-man Alex Lifeson has stated that Rush are into their final years as a touring band. As Classic Rock notes, the guitarist has cited the band’s other commitments outside of music, as well as drummer Neil Peart turing 60 as reasons that the band might not be around forever:
"One day we’re not going to be able to do it any more. That’s a reality and I don’t think we should get too caught up in it.
“We’ve had a great run, we’ve left a great legacy that we’re proud of, and who knows what will come after that? I think my fingers will still work for a little while longer; I like to do stuff at home, to work with other people and continue to be musical.
But there are other things in life, too, especially when you’ve dedicated your life to touring. We love what we do, but eventually it does come to an end. I don’t want to be 70 years old jumping around on stage. If we’re still making good music, sure – but I doubt it: most 70-year-old rock musicians I see are not really that enjoyable to watch."
Frontman Geddy Lee also notes that the band isn’t sure how much longer they can go out and play at peak level, reflecting drummer Neil Peart’s recent comment that he wasn’t sure how much longer his stamina would last:
"How much longer can we go out there and play three-hour shows at that peak level?
I can see it in him. I don’t think we’ve ever worked so hard prepping for touring and I could see he was tired. There comes a point when you have to accept you’re approaching 60 and that three hours of blistering rock is for a younger man. That’s what he’s getting at."