Geddy Lee’s Struggle With Rush Tour
Rush frontman Geddy Lee says he’s going to find the band’s upcoming tour more difficult than any of those he’s done before.
He feels life on the road is becoming more difficult as the Canadian three-piece continue to promote latest album Clockwork Angels – which won Album of the Year at the Prog Magazine’s Progressive Music Awards last night.
But he’s glad that so many people still want to see him perform with bandmates Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart.
Lee tells Grammy.com: “I find it more stressful than when I was younger. The physical part takes its toll on me, and the other guys, I know for sure.
“Staying healthy becomes a challenge. As the tour winds on nerves fray in a different way than they used to.
“When I was younger I could be in almost any condition: get out there and bang it off. But it’s a difficult thing for me to do right now.”
On the other hand, says Lee, there are advantages to being older. He explains: “You have more confidence than when you were younger and more command of your instrument. As a result, you have more command of your audience’s attention, which makes it easier.
“I’m grateful for the audiences we have wherever we go.”
Lee believes one of the reasons for Rush’s longevity is the fact their musical tastes have remained similar. “We all like making the same kind of music,” he says. “I think one thing that kills a lot of bands is their tastes start changing, and the thing they want to put in their music is not something the other guys agree with. We don’t have that problem.
“The other thing that breaks up most bands is interpersonal relationships. We don’t have that problem either – most of the time the biggest concern we have is, who’s going to say something funnier?”