Alex Lifeson has admitted that he is finally accepted Rush's retirement.
“I don’t want to be in a band and tour any more,” the guitarist confessed to Planet Rock. “I don’t feel the need to carry on with what I did for almost half a century. I’m fine with it now. And I’m as busy as I would ever want to be.”
I realised we’d gone out on a high note
Rush played their last show on 1st Aug, 2015 and had announced their retirement due to the health of their drummer, Neil Peart who has been battling chronic tendinitis and no longer wishes to perform. The remaining members, Lifeson and lead vocalist, Geddy Lee refused to continue the tour if the three core members are unable to perform together.
Lifeson admitted that he only began feeling better about the end of Rush after a year (from their final gig). “I realised we’d gone out on a high note.”
The guitarist recalls the band's final performance saying, “I remember looking around the whole arena and trying to take it all in. The lighting. The crowd. The people around me. It was very emotional for us.”
“I loved the way we presented those shows, starting with 'Clockwork Angels' and then working our way back to the very beginning. But had we done a typical-length tour of about 80 dates, I think I would have been more satisfied with it.”
Lifeson has since stayed busy with a variety of collaborative projects with John Mayall, Fu Manchu, as well as German multi-instrumentalist, Marco Minnemann.