Alex Lifeson says he lost motivation after Neil Peart's death

News 03/06/2020

Alex Lifeson has said that he had lost the motivation to play guitar after Rush bandmate, Neil Peart's death earlier this year.

Lifeson said that his desire to return to music would eventually arrive but was doubtful that he will reunite with Geddy Lee, even though he had previously suggested a reunion a couple of times.

Rush had broken up at the end of the R40 tour in 2015. Lifeson and Lee had taken up different projects while drummer and lyricist Peart retired from music. After three long years battling cancer, Peart passed away in January 2020.

"I miss performing in its essence," Lifeson told WFAN. "Especially when you're really in good shape, you've rehearsed, and you know everything, it's effortless. I do miss that aspect of it. I don't miss the touring. The only thing about touring that I miss is not playing golf every day in a different fantastic golf club. But the rest of it – sitting in a hotel room, being away from my family, being away from friends – it's a price you pay, and in the whole scope of things, it's not that great a price for the return."

After Neil passed in January, I've played very little guitar. I don't feel inspired and motivated.

Lifeson said that it's been almost five years since the band's final tour and at the time, he didn't really miss touring yet. "Maybe a year or two after we stopped, I probably missed it more. But I've settled into it now, and I quite like my life and what I'm doing. I keep active in music, and I'm so in love with golf during the summer, and I'm close to my family. It's a very good balance for me."

Lifeson also explained that he had yet to discuss any plans with Lee on a reunion. When he finished it, he went on a tour for a year promoting it," Lifeson noted. "Every time I spoke to him about getting back together, he was like, 'Yeah, when I get through this, when I get through this.' And then always something come up, I guess. I don't know if the motivation is there for us to really do anything now. We're certainly proud of our track record, and we still love music. But it's different now."