1) He's older and knows he will not improve his craft in any measurable way in the future, so why bother? It's always been about getting better as musicians on the one hand.
2} He wants to give a fulfilling life to his family
3) I think a disconnect, or distance between the band members on a friendship level is a factor. Resentments may weigh in. Neil isn't a founding member, yet he's absolutely critical to what and who Rush is. Something that sticks out in my mind is from the Dinner at the Hunting Lodge clip. Geddy, at times, seems dismissive to Neil on a couple of occasions. Perhaps this is SOP when dealing with Neil. He's "outside" the establishment. He's always referred to Geddy and Alex as the "guys" from work...there's a level of intimacy there, but not that deep. He's just not that close to both of them, particularly Geddy, even though they have years together under their belts. A sort of rivalry is there that maybe the fly in the ointment for Neil.
It's always seemed that way to me too. Friends and coworkers but not really close. It seems like he's always been on the outside.
That's more about being an outsider in general but I think within the group he is even that way. Alex and Geddy have stuck together in the Toronto area all along, they do fan pics together, make appearances together, all of which give the impression he's in one sense an isolationist. Even with people he's known for 40 years.
Edited by EagleMoon, 05 September 2016 - 01:57 PM.