Rush to Take 'Extended Break’

It will be at least 2015 before the band returns.

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Rush bassist Geddy Lee has been speaking to Rolling Stone (via Hennemusic) about the future of the band. And, as Lee notes, while the band's manager wants them to go on a 40th anniversary tour next year (marking the 40th anniversary of Neil Peart joining the band), Lee as adamant that Rush are going on an extended break:

"That's not going to happen though," says Lee. "My attitude is that as much as I'd like to celebrate 40 years, we need a break more than we need a 40th anniversary celebration. There's nothing wrong with celebrating 42 years."

When asked whether it would be 2015 before the band resurfaced, Lee responded:

"I think so. Something like that ... The plan now is to have no plans. We have had a great 10 years of tour, album, tour album. I can honestly say that the three of us enjoyed this tour more than any one we've ever done. We left on a high note, but we recognize that we need to pay attention to our families and recharge our batteries. So we decided that we're just not going to discuss anything for a little while.

“It's exciting for me because I get to spend a lot of time traveling with my wife," he adds. “We love to do that. I am officially an empty nester now, so my wife and I have time on our hands. We have all kinds of trips planned, things we wanted to do for years but we put off. This is going to be a busy year for us. I'm totally fine with that."

The bassist also noted that he and Neil Peart were unhappy about Alex Lifeson's impromptu "blah blah blah" speech at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

"He didn't tell us he was doing that - in fact, I know he had a whole other speech planned. Neil and I thought he had lost his marbles when he was talking.

“You can see the look on our faces behind him, going, 'What the f--k is he doing?' And of course, we couldn't see him act it all out - we just kept hearing 'blah blah blah.'

"He's genuinely one of the funniest people you'd ever meet in your life. But I wanted to kill him at the three-minute mark. Neil and I were threatening to knock him on the head and drag him offstage."

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    Certainly well-deserved. Clockwork was a great album and the shows were fantastic as always, definitely some of the best they've ever put on.
    I was lucky enough to see them on the final show of the tour. Fantastic set, and they sounded excellent. They've been doing this almost nonstop for about 40 years now, they more than deserve to take some time off.
    No man on his death bed ever said, "Damn, I wish I would have spent more time at work and less time having fun with my family". No matter who you are or what you do for a living, there are things that are much more important than your job: Family, friends, and your sanity. Enjoy your break guys. You've earned it!
    I've always wanted to see Rush live. Hopefully they'll return in 2015 so I get a chance to see em.
    Well, can't say I'm happy, but they definitely deserve it. Plus, there's no shame in a 50th anniversary tour.
    Looks like Rush...*puts on sunglasses*...are in no rush to get back on the road. (YYYYEEEEEAAAAHHHHH!)
    Saw them in KC about six weeks ago, glad they're still going. Hopefully they decide to have at least one more go-around in a couple years. Never enough Rush.
    Way Cool JR.
    I don't blame them one bit. A lot of these performers have to basically put their family's on the back burner for this kind of life and to please their fans. I respect them big time for wanting to think of their family's first. Also, with all the money they're rolling in I'm sure it's nice to actually be able to enjoy it once in a while.
    Such an inspiring group of guys. Incredible run for them the past few years (amount of time I've been a fan). Very proud to call myself a fan. But if you want my honest opinion, after this hiatus, I'm willing to bet Rush announces a big farewell tour. It's going to happen sooner or later, and why not go out on top. All Hail The Kings.