In a new interview with website Make Weird Music, that is being reported on by Consequence Of Sound, Alex Lifeson talks of the late Rush drummer Neil Peart, the impact of the current Covid-19 pandemic and of his hopes of making new music again with his bandmate Geddy Lee.
“After we finished the last tour in 2015, I started just writing on my own and doing some stuff,” Lifeson says. “Geddy was working on his book. We talked about getting together and doing some stuff together, but it got very, very busy for him, even after he finished writing the book – taking it on the road. So we never got a chance to sit down and start working or just having some fun together. We still talk about it, and I’m sure we will. Of course, now with the pandemic, it’s kind of wrecked things for a bit. But we’re both eager to get back together and kind of get back into that thing that we’ve done since we were 14 years old that we love to do. And we work really, really well together, so we’ll see what happens with that.
After Neil passed, it was very difficult to get inspired or motivated to play,” he reveals. “As you can imagine, we were very, very close. You lose anybody that’s close, it’s a profound thing. And I think both Geddy and I expected to be better with it. Neil was sick for three and a half years, and no one really knew about it. Well, lots of people knew about it, but it wasn’t public, the information. So we thought that we would be prepared for the end when it came, and we weren’t. We both really struggled with it.
For me, that first year of grieving is the milestone, and once you get past that, I think you, I don’t know, it’s an anniversary that you process, and it becomes a little easier to handle. With Neil, I’m always seeing pictures, and I’m always reminded of him, and all that stuff, and that was difficult, but now that it’s [been] a year, I find that I think of the good times that we had together more than the sadness.”