Neil Peart Admits He’s ‘Of Two Minds’ Regarding a Rush Tour in 2015
So are Rush going to tour in 2015 or what? Don't ask Neil Peart, because it sounds like he still hasn't made up his mind.
"It's a true dilemma," the band's drummer admitted during a recent interview. "There’s no right answer. People say to me, ‘Are you still excited when you go on tour?’ Should I be excited about leaving my family? No, and no one should. It’s as simple as that: If you put aside the fantasy of it, it is what it is and has to be done. And that’s fine and I pour my entire energy and enthusiasm into it, but of course, I’m of two minds about the whole idea."
Peart's bandmates Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson have gone on record as saying they're up for a tour, but need to sit down with Peart to gauge how he's feeling. As he went on to explain, his ambivalence stems largely from the fact that he has a 5-year-old daughter at home.
"I’ve been doing this for 40 years -- I know how to compartmentalize, and I can stand missing her, but I can’t stand her missing me and it’s painful and impossible to understand for her," Peart pointed out. "How can a small child process that? And there’s the guilt that comes with that -- you feel guilty about it, of course. I’m causing pain."
Of course, publication lead times being what they are, there's every reason to believe Peart's comments were recorded months ago. Odds are, the band members have since come together for a meeting of the minds -- and maybe, just maybe, the Rush dates that briefly surfaced on Ticketmaster's website in late December are the first evidence of an upcoming tour announcement.
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