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Alex Lifeson talks Rush's future and A Farewell to Kings 40th Anniversary Release

In a brand new interview with SiriusXM's "Debatable", conducted at last week's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in New York, the arthritis-stricken Lifeson stated about RUSH's current status: "I would say that it's unlikely that we'll tour again as RUSH. Really, we toured for forty-one years, and I have to say that first year off, I felt like I was grieving for my career and the band, but truly, forty-one years of touring the way we toured, I shouldn't feel badly about that."

RUSH recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of its landmark 1976 album "2112" with a deluxe reissue featuring rare live and previously unreleased material, and, according to Lifeson, "right now there's some work being done on a similar thing with [1977's] 'A Farewell To Kings'." He said: "We're not really involved in that so much; it's a record-company thing, or a publisher thing. We like to be slightly involved, in just giving approvals and make sure that everything's done in a way that we would like to see it."

Even though there are no plans for RUSH to regroup in the foreseeable future, Lifeson revealed that "Ged and I will probably do something together. He's been really busy. He's working on his own little book project. He's become quite a bass guitar collector, and he wants to do a little thing on the history of the instrument. So that's keeping him super busy." As for Peart, Lifeson said: "I'm not sure what Neil's doing these days. He's on the West Coast. He's always got something going on."



  1. The 2112 40th Anniversary package wasn't nearly as cool as the 2112 Deluxe package from a few years back, which featured the entire album in 5.1, accompanied by a video presentation of comic book art, among other goodies. The 40th had some covers from other bands and a bootleg video. Yay...
    If the AFtK 40th is similarly lackluster I'll pass. Hopefully we get 5.1 mixes for Hemispheres and Permanent Waves when the time is right though... I'd kill for more classic Rush in multichannel!

  2. Its all just a marketing thing now eh? He band just nod and it gets sold. Yep, that's sad. Its no longer Rush as far as I am concerned.

  3. I'm still hopeful, for at lest new music. Alex also has said this recently.

    On a positive note, he emphatically stated that Rush as an entity is not finished and that 'we will be doing things together again,' but again - no timetable or specifics.

  4. I just hope this AFTK release doesn't have a bunch of cover versions by other bands. That prevented me from buying the recent 2112 release.