Rush’s Geddy Lee Says Neil Peart Has Retired From Drumming


Rush bassist Geddy Lee is currently doing a round of interviews to promote his new tome Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book Of Bass, which included a chat with Eddie Trunk on SiriusXM’s Volume channel. Trunk asked Geddy about his future in music when Lee revealed not only is Rush retired but drummer Neil Peart has retired from drumming.

“Neil is retired,” Lee said as per Rolling Stone. “He hasn’t just retired from Rush; he’s retired from drumming. He’s not drumming anymore, and he’s living his life. Which is fine — Alex [Lifeson] and I are cool with it. We’re all still total pals. In fact, Alex and I were there just a few weeks ago visiting him, and we stay in touch. And, of course, Alex lives very near to me, so we’re constantly going out to dinner, ’cause he loves to drink everything in my wine cellar. We’re still pals, and we all talk, but that period of our life is done.”

Geddy went on to explain now that he’s done with the book, he’ll turn his focus back to music. “Is there more music to come from myself and from Alex?” the bassist stated. “I don’t know when and what shape that will take. I don’t know if Alex and I will do something together. People keep me asking me and they want me to be definitive, and I can’t be, because I really haven’t thought that far.”

Rush’s final concert took place on August 1, 2015 in Los Angeles. Listen to Geddy address his musical future and reveal Peart’s retirement from drumming: