In a brand new interview with Tennessean, RUSH bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee was asked what he misses the most about the recording and touring process with his longtime friends. "I miss playing with my bandmates who I played with for over 40 years, that's for sure," Lee said. "I don't miss the gut-wrenching part of it and I don't miss the wear-and-tear on my body. But, of course, I had a very unique relationship in RUSH and these guys were my friends for over 40 years and to make music with your friends is a blessing of a different kind. It's a wonderful thing. I do miss that."
Geddy, who recently released a book called "Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book Of Bass", continued: "[Putting the book together] was a whole different kind of project. And that's why I was drawn to it. New projects are what expand your mind, expand your way of looking at the world and fill up your reserve of information that you use to make your way through life. ... When you're learning, you're living. I go by that as a way of making an interesting life."
RUSH has been completely inactive since completing the "R40 Live" tour nearly four years ago. Drummer Neil Peart was battling enormous physical pain through much of the trek, including a foot infection that made it agonizing for him to even walk.
A few years ago, guitarist Alex Lifeson told Rolling Stone that he receives injections for psoriatic arthritis. He was previously hospitalized for anemia from bleeding ulcers and suffered breathing problems.
Lifeson and Lee have repeatedly said that RUSH will never do a show unless all three musicians agree to take part. They haven't performed as RUSH without Peart since he joined the band in 1974.
For first six years of RUSH's existence, John Rutsey was behind the kit and he played on the band's self-titled debut LP.