Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Rush undecided about 2015 tour plans

Rush bassist Geddy Lee says the band are still considering options regarding a 2015 tour, despite comments made this past year by guitarist Alex Lifeson.

"We're still talking," Lee tells Rolling Stone. "Everybody has a different idea how they want to spend the next couple of years, so we haven't come to a decision. I'm ready and happy to play if everyone else agrees. I think in the next couple of months we'll decide to do something or not."

The group's last release was 2012's “Clockwork Angels”, and they'll likely hit the road again before making another one.

"My guess is that there would be a tour first," says Lee. "But I'm itching to just play and record. I would like to make another album, but I don't know where the other guys' heads are at about that. I know Alex is ready to write."

Lee adds he's not implying that drummer Neil Peart is the holdout.

"It's a group thing," he says. "It's one of those things where everybody enjoyed their break so much. It doesn't feel like it was very long ago that we played our last show in Kansas City. So it's like, 'Do we have to talk about this already?' But slowly we're getting around to figuring it out."

This past spring, Lifeson revealed the group would be hitting the road.

“There are already plans being made for spring of 2015,” said the guitarist. “It's going to be a 41st anniversary tour, or whatever they're going to call it. We haven't really talked seriously about what we want to do, but I think we're probably going to lean towards making it a real sort of fan event, and really try to put something together that's very pleasing for the fans across the board. That's always been difficult, for us to sort of balance things."

"We want to try and play different material this time," added Lifeson. "I've always wanted to do some rarer Rush material, and this should be a good opportunity to do that. I also think it's going to be a long tour. We just need to stay healthy until then."

Lifeson restated his comments last month at the Saint Jude's Robby Krieger Celebrity Golf Tournament in California to raise funds for kids with cancer.

“We're talking about putting a tour together for next spring,” said Lifeson.

Meanhwile, Rush have just released their 40th anniversary box set, “R40.”

The package includes live footage spanning all four decades of their career and presents over two hours of unreleased material, including a rare performance of entire seven-part version of their 1976 classic, “2112”.

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