Geddy: How About Celebrating 42 Years Instead of 40
Rush’s manager would love to have the band back on the road next year for a tour commemorating their 40-year anniversary, but Geddy in a wide-ranging interview with Rolling Stone magazine that released yesterday says it’s not going to happen. “We’re choosing to ignore him,” Geddy tells Andy Greene. “My attitude is that as much as I’d like to celebrate 40 years, we need a break more than we need a 40th anniversary celebration. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating 42 years.”
The soonest Rush will likely do something is 2015, and Geddy didn’t rule out recording a new studio album. “We might find in eight months when we’re talking to each other, ‘Hey, let’s write something.’ When you get the itch to write, you just gotta do it.”
If Rush does go on tour again, Greene suggested, the band should consider playing selections of songs representing the band’s whole career, starting with “Working Man” from the first album and progressing chronologically from there. Geddy kind of liked that idea.
“You know what? I never thought of that,” he said, “but it’s a cool idea. Obviously, you have a lot of dynamics to consider with a band like us, but it’s a cool idea actually.”
Geddy reiterated what he’s said in other recent interviews that the Clockwork Angels tour was a great success for the band and that it was probably the most enjoyable tour they had been on. Part of the reason for that, at least for Geddy, was the attention he paid to his health, resting up on days off so that by the end of the tour he wasn’t physically exhausted.
He was also careful with his voice, and for the most part, he avoided getting a cold or other problem that makes singing difficult and painful.
Singing with a voice ailment created a nightmare on the band’s previous tour, he said. Just before playing in Hamilton, Ontario, on that previous tour, he came down with strep throat. “I did [the gig] and I woke up the next day and my ear was so infected; the whole thing had gone into my ear. I had to fly to Montreal. This is kind of gross, but I had to go to a doctor and he had to puncture my ear. This was on the day of a show. I did the show, and I spent the next three days in absolute hell. I got through the show, but it was a nightmare. My worst memory ever on tour.”
Geddy said releasing a live album after each tour is standard practice now, even though fans are making their own live recordings using their phones. “They’re going to shoot on their camera phones and they’re going to take their own personal memory away, and that’s fine with me,” he said. “But it’s nice to get a properly produced and properly recorded document of the tour, for our own sake and for historical reference too.”
For the Clockwork Angels live album, which releases in early November and comes as part of a DVD package, the band chose to tape most of it in Dallas because the timing was right.
“We had a second leg planned in the new year, and at the time we didn’t know whether we would change songs or not,” Geddy said. “The feeling was, ‘Life is too unpredictable. Let’s not record it next year. Let’s record it now because at least we know what the show is.’ So we quickly found a venue that was appropriate, or really a couple of venues, and that’s how we did it.”
Read the complete interview, called “Q&A: Rush’s Geddy Lee On Finally Taking a Break From the Road.”