It is almost exactly six months since the death of Rush drummer Neil Peart and bandmate Alex Lifeson is still finding it difficult to contemplate a return to music.
Peart, who had retired from drumming in 2015 after recording 19 studio albums with Rush, passed away at the start of the year aged 67 after losing his battle to cancer. Peart was famed for being the creative drive behind much of Rush’s prog-rock glory. The drummer became synonymous with expert musicianship and artistry and that ran through the band’s core essence.
“It’s been difficult,” Lifeson recently admitted on the sports radio program Talkin’ Golf (via Rolling Stone). “After Neil passed in January, I’ve played very little guitar.”
Lifeson added: “I just don’t feel inspired and motivated.”
Fans of the legendary rock group are currently unsure what the future holds for the band following peart’s tragic death and judging from what Alex Lifeson has it doesn’t sound like it will be happening anytime soon: “I don’t know if the motivation is there for us to really do anything now,” noted Lifeson.
“We’re certainly proud of our track record, and we still love music. But it’s different now.”
The 66-year-old guitarist also talked about how his mindset is currently in a similar place to Peart was after the drummer’s daughter and wife died just months apart in the late ’90s, Lifeson said: “I didn’t really play for about a year [after that],” he recalled.
“I just don’t feel it in my heart right now. Every time I pick up a guitar, I just aimlessly mess around with it and put it down after 10 minutes.”