Posted 22 November 2015 - 01:30 AM
I'll preface this by saying that I love Neil, and completely respect his feelings and decision if he feels that he would like to step away .. As I said before, he has been an integral part of some of my all-time favorite music ..
With that said, whether the band records only, records and tours with him or records and tours without him, none of that will be "the same" ... Each album and each tour should be different, and step in a new direction - that is what we have all come to love and expect from RUSH, going all the way back to the way each album starting with The Debut was a piece of progress ..
At this point, I would never go see them live again WITH Neil - he has made it clear that touring and playing live is not something he enjoys - emotionally or physically ..
The comfortable shoe is no longer interesting with Rush ... It is like a husband and wife staying together simply to get thru the holidays even though one ( or both ) no longer wants to be there .