Rush are on hiatus, says Lifeson
Rush are taking at least a year off – but guitarist Alex Lifeson says the hiatus doesn’t mean the end of the road.
The Canadian prog giants have enjoyed an incredible year after being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and completing a triumphant world tour in support of latest album Clockwork Angels. They’ve just release a live DVD recorded during the tour.
On top of that, Lifeson himself won the Spirit Of Prog award at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour ceremony last week.
He tells Billboard: “We’ve committed to taking about a year off. We all agreed when we finished this tour, we were going to take this time off. We weren’t going to talk about band stuff or make any plans.
“We committed to a year, so that’s going to take us through to the end of next summer. That’s the minimum.”
He adds: “We haven’t stopped or quit – right now we’re just relaxing.” And he fully expects them to break their own agreement, observing: “We enjoy working together. Some time in the new year we’ll probably gravitate towards each other and start doing some writing.”
Clockwork Angels nearly didn’t happen as an album after Rush felt the format was dying in the digital age. Lifeson still thinks that’s an argument, and reflects: “We’re so used to it and we’re so old school in that format, but will we get more mileage by doing a few new songs at a time, or do we do another album? It’s hard to say what the future holds, and it’s just changing so rapidly.”
Meanwhile, frontman Geddy Lee has revealed he’s backing Deep Purple and Yes for induction into the Hall Of Fame next year.
Musicians who have already become part of the hallowed institution are given a vote over future nominations. Lee tells Radio.com: “Certainly Deep Purple, certainly Yes. Those are two names that stand out as omissions in my view. If influence is a big part of the criteria you can make the case clearly for Deep Purple.”
The 2014 nominations also include Kiss, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall And Oates, the Meters, the Replacements, Linda Ronstadt, Link Wray and the Zombies – with Kiss currently leading the public poll.