Rush's Geddy Lee Says Touring Is More Stressful Than Ever

You might think that after four-plus decades in the music industry that touring would be old hat for a band like Rush, but singer Geddy Lee says that hitting the road these days is more stressful than ever.

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You might think that after four-plus decades in the music industry that touring would be old hat for a band like Rush, but singer Geddy Lee says that hitting the road these days is more stressful than ever.

The vocalist tells, "I find it more stressful than when I was younger. I think the physical part of it takes its toll on me, and the other guys I know for sure. Staying healthy becomes a more difficult challenge, and as the tour winds on, nerves fray in a different way than they used to".

On a skill level, Lee says that he has more confidence in his singing and bass playing than he did when he was younger and therefore it makes it easier for him to capture an audience's attention, but, he adds, "There is kind of a physical price you pay as the tour winds on. Whereas when I was younger, I could be in almost any condition, get out there and bang it off. I'm grateful for the audiences that we have, wherever we go, but it's a difficult thing for me to do right now".

One "nice problem" to have though as a veteran band is deciding on set lists. Lee says it's hard to pick what goes in and becomes tougher every year, but he adds, "It's a good problem to have because it's the result of a long career". The singer adds, "You don't want to disappoint people by leaving their favorite song out. At the same time, you try to [play] a [new] old song. Trying to keep the balance is tricky".

Lee, with his Rush bandmates, just returned to the road on Friday night to support their latest album, "Clockwork Angels". In other Rush news, the band took home the Album of the Year for "Clockwork Angels" at the inaugural Progressive Music Awards last week.

Thanks to Ultimateclassicrock for the report.

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    It's a disgrace that they're not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
    True, but they're too good to be put in there anyway. That would mean that all the other bands in the R&R HoF are equals. Rush has no equals.
    There is just one single band in the rock and roll hall of fame that i would say is equal to them, they may even be better. Pink Floyd
    Floyd is obviously a great band. Important, influential, talented. The whole nine. But I really think Rush is a much better band historically. In my opinion, Rush has been equally as important, has had as good if not better collection of albums. Plus they are one of the most unique and talented groups ever. Just my opinion though.
    I love Pink Floyd, but i would say Rush has released more great albums than Floyd. Floyd got Dark side, Wish you were here, The Wall and Animals that are absolute masterpieces but the rest is imo a mixed bag. While Rush seems to be a bit more consistent with the quality of their releases.
    Rock n Roll HOF is a joke when the Sex Pistols are in but not KISS, Motley Crue, Rush, or Def Leppard.
    Most of the bands that are added to the R&R HOF are celebrated by a large number of people based on the popularity of their music in the mainstream media. Due to their position as "terminally unhip," they are not that often played on the radio, ergo, they are not known well enough to be inducted by the populous that elects the bands to the HOF.
    Does anybody here seriously even hate Rush a little? Best wishes to them on this tour. I'm sad that I'll be missing it, but money just won't allow it yet.
    i was phsyched to see them in october but its on wednesday and im in high school...sob sob
    If it's in your city, go anyway. Coming from a college student, you don't have to do shit in high school. You don't get opportunities like that a lot.
    much to my disappointment, I have probably the thickest schedule known to man...I'll be attending Yale next year for math and I'm taking the most AP courses at my school, etc...
    Rush is great cause they're one of the only bands that will never sell-out. But that comes with limited fame unfortunately.
    RUSH is GOD2112
    seeing them on the 18th. saw them in 2008 and 2010. two best shows/happiest moments of my life.
    In Detroit? Me too! I'm really excited, this will be my second time seeing them. I think it's great they are putting old deep tracks in the set too. F*** YEAH RUSH!
    I saw Rush last year in Baltimore and they blew me away. No opening Band, and they played for three hours. They also played the entire "Moving Pictures" album too!