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Are Rush Considering Retirement?

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Although they are currently in the middle of their ‘Clockwork Angels‘ tour, Rush may be considering hanging up their rock ‘n’ roll shoes in the near future. In a new interview, they admit that their age is starting to catch up with them.

“[O]ne day, we’re not going to be able to do it anymore,” guitarist Alex Lifeson told Premier Guitar. “That’s a reality, and I don’t think we should get too caught up in it. When it happens it happens, and that’s it. We’ve had a great run, we’ve left a great legacy that we’re proud of, and who knows what’ll come after that?…I don’t want to be 70 years old jumping around onstage. Maybe if we’re still making great music, sure. But I kind of doubt it by that point.”

Lifeson’s words were in response to an interview Neil Peart did with Rolling Stone this summer where the 60-year-old drummer said that he didn’t “think it’s possible” that he would still be working in 10 years due to the physicality involved in playing every night.

In the Premier Guitar interview, bassist Geddy Lee said that, as a concession to their age, maybe the band can scale things back a touch in the future.

“[T]here comes a point when you just have to accept that you’re approaching 60 and that maybe three hours of blistering rock is for a younger man,” he said. “So maybe it’s just inevitable that Rush tours down the road—if all goes well and there are Rush tours — aren’t three hours long.”

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