Guitarist Alex Lifeson says Rush is “basically done”

Jason Merritt/Getty ImagesWhile the future of Rush has been in question for the past couple years, Alex Lifeson has pretty much put the proverbial final nail in the band’s coffin. In a new column for Canada’s The Globe and Mail newspaper, the guitarist writes that the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers are “basically done.”

The beginning of the end for Rush came in 2015, when drummer Neil Peart stated he would no longer tour due to his chronic tendinitis. At the time, Peart told Drumhead magazine, “Like all athletes, there comes a time to… take yourself out of the game.”

Now, in a new first-person piece for The Globe and Mail, Lifeson seems to confirm that the band is officially over.  He writes, “It’s been a little over two years since Rush last toured. We have no plans to tour or record any more. We’re basically done. After 41 years, we felt it was enough.”

But in the same article, Lifeson claims, “I’ve actually been busier lately than I have been in a while.”

“I’m writing a lot. I’m writing on four or five different little projects,” he reveals. “I get these requests to do guitar work with other people…I get to be as creative as I want to be and I can work a little outside of the box.”

Lifeson also says he’s been writing a column for the Toronto newspaper West End Phoenix and recently filmed a small role in the new Canadian TV comedy Crawford.

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