RushFanForever, on 17 January 2018 - 01:26 PM, said:
Here's the thing. The guys in RUSH have dabbled and experimented with drugs, but not to the extent that other acts have.
The other ones who took 'alcohol and drugs' to the extreme, either paid a price for it when they were young ('27 Club') or having severe health failures later on, which they passed on from.
With a lot of the 'baby boomer era' music acts who've passed on in 2016 and 2017, it puts life into perspective.
The guys (and especially Neil) probably had the foresight and premonition to know that it was time to stop after 40 years.
There's music acts that claim wanting to tour until they croak and/or die onstage.
Also, with reading news about key band members passing away midway through a tour on the bus, hotel room, or immediately after a tour etc. is kind of a let down to fans. The tour either is cancelled with refunds or the music act carries on with another newer member substituting.
Boston Drummer Sib Hashian, Yes bassist Chris Squire, Tom Petty, Scott Weiland, and Chris Cornell are some of the examples described in the above sentence.
I don't the guys in RUSH would want the above to happen for each of them.
This is silly. for each example you cite above, I can point to others going into their 70's: David Gilmour, Roger Waters, BB King, Yes, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, The Dead, Camel, King Crimson, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Buffet, etc, etc.
I threw BB in there because he went until he was almost 90. But everyone else in still alive, touring, and older than the Rush guys.
And by the way, both Alex and Ged have talked about going until someone dies.....moreso in interviews conducted in the last 10 years. The only reason they aren't doing SOMETHING is because Neil is done.
Edited by Ron2112, 17 January 2018 - 02:48 PM.