Rush Guitarist Alex Lifeson Discusses The Future Of Rush
Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson recently did an interview with Toledoblade.com and spoke on a variety of issues, including what the band has planned next. Some excerpts from the chat can be viewed below.
Rush has a third greatest hits package (Retrospective 3) due early next year. After that release, its contract with longtime record label Mercury/Atlantic is up. And already there’s online fan speculation about what’s next for the Toronto band. Will Rush re-sign with Atlantic and return to the studio? Or will the band instead hit the road next year to celebrate its 35th anniversary? First things first, Lifeson said.
“Right now we just want rest,” Lifeson said. “We’ve been working really hard for the last seven or eight years on numerous records, tours, and DVDs; it’s been pretty constant through that whole period. We really feel like we need to step back and recharge our batteries and just not think about the band and what we’re going to do. You never know, Geddy and I might do some casual writing in the spring, but I’m guessing we probably won’t do anything until the fall of next year. At that time ... we’ll set out what we’re doing.
“There are a number of options open to us. I think the most likely is that we’ll record another record and tour off that. Working with [Snakes And Arrows producer] Nick Raskulinecz, he’s pushing us to think about doing another sort of concept record ... instead of just a thematically conceptual album like the most current records are. Whether we’re up for that kind of thing, I’m not so sure. We’ll have to wait and see.”
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