I have loved Rush constantly since hearing them in October of 1977 when my late, great Mom got one of my older brothers A Farewell To Kings. At first, I could not stand it, but it grew on me and within weeks I loved it!
Without making this too long, I have all their albums (not including the compilations) and have seen them 21 times. I saw them EVERY chance that I had (even when they played the same venue 2 nights in a row).
They have all been tremendous influences on me as a musician and as a person. I will love them forever.
However! It is time for Rush to stop
. Not just touring, but everything
! No more albums, no more videos, no more tours, no more books...nothing.
it is time to stop while they are ahead. As Rush
! Neil especially does not want himself, nor the band, to stop because they have to or they just cannot do it anymore at their own extremely high self-expectation levels. Just read the lyrics to Losing It and it's all there. Read Neil's Modern Drummer interview from April 1983 and you will understand why the band must stop and has stopped. It all makes sense and is all right there. Just see R40 and it is all there. The band is being extremely honest
with the world.
Would any of us really
want Rush to carry on trying
to be what they once were
and once could
be? Would any of us really
want anyone else in the world
"taking the place" of Alex, Geddy or Neil?! I know that I certainly never would. There are tons of bands who I still love who have had a few or several personal changes and have been around for years and/or broke up and reunited with different members (or in some cases one original member) and it is still great, but they are not Rush!
It is my feeling that we will be hearing and seeing Alex and Geddy in different bands and/or projects; most probably separately, or perhaps guesting on one another's solo albums occasionally. I do not have either of the Victor albums, but I do have My Favorite Headache and I absolutely love it. It gives us a preview of what Geddy is more than capable of outside of Rush. As for Neil, I think he is done with drumming and music, outside of it being an occasional hobby, as it should be for him. I cannot think of any other musician who is self-honest enough to know when it is time to stop doing music professionally because he wants to and wants to do other things in his life. Neil has given the world more than enough.
Rush has made a perfect finish and we as their loving and loyal fans should respect that.
Edited by Earthshine, 22 May 2017 - 01:40 AM.