Ged is still in denial - he calls Neil's retirement an "extended hiatus".
No he didn't. He clearly says the word "I" in reference to his extended hiatus. Maybe he's personally taking a break from pursuing any big musical commitments for a while.
Guess we will find out tonight, but it surely seems to me by the tone of his answer that he is speaking of the band "ending". And it is only ending because Neil retired. I could be wrong but that is not what I got out of it. Again, we will see tonight.
So where does the "denial" come into play? You seem to be implying that Geddy can't accept Neil is retired.
He should just call it what it is
Again, it's almost certainly the case that Geddy's hiatus doesn't have anything to do with Neil at this point. Like I said, perhaps Geddy is referencing a decision to take a break from any big musical commitments for the time being. I somehow doubt he was implying that he's just waiting around for Neil to wise up.
Maybe, maybe not. Its all speculation but that's how it comes across to me. Again, we will find out tonight.