It seems the end of an era has finally come upon us. After hinting that their recent R40 tour could very well be their last, Rush drummer Neil Peart confirmed that he is retired from music. The prog-rock hero spoke about it in a new interview with Drumhead Magazine.
“Lately [my daughter] Olivia has been introducing me to new friends at school as ‘My dad—He’s a retired drummer,’” he said. “True to say – funny to hear. And it does not pain me to realize that, like all athletes, there comes a time to… take yourself out of the game. I would rather set it aside then face the predicament described in our song ‘Losing It’ (“Sadder still to watch it die, than never to have known it”).”
The news is heartbreaking in itself, but it also indicates that Rush may be done touring for good. When asked about the future of the band, Geddy Lee previously said that it hinged on Peart’s condition. “Neil has a complicated life, he has a young daughter a new family that he really feels pain to leave and he has physical issues when we play a monster for three hours,” the bassist explained. “The body is not cooperating with him. It’s very hard for him. And he pays a price. There are times you see him backstage in the middle of a tour and he’s really suffering.”
Touring looks unlikely, but there may be hope for new music. Check out Lee’s full statement below: