Chad Smith, the drummer of Red Hot Chili Peppers, recently spoke about his experience performing with Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson during Taylor Hawkins’ tribute concert in Los Angeles last year.
Smith expressed his hope for a Rush reunion after the performance, stating that it seemed to have rejuvenated Lee and Lifeson’s interest in playing together again.
Despite the loss of Neil Peart, who had been with the band for over 40 years, Smith believes that Lee and Lifeson still have the ability to play and that the concert may have inspired them to consider a reunion.
Smith also mentioned Lee and Lifeson’s performance with Primus at ‘South Park’ 25th anniversary concert last summer, which he believes may have further encouraged the duo to consider a reunion.
Smith described the joy that Lee and Lifeson experienced while playing with Primus and expressed that they miss playing together.
The possibility of a Rush reunion has been a topic of discussion among fans for years, particularly as the band approaches its 50th anniversary.
While Lee and Lifeson have not made any official statements regarding a reunion, Smith’s comments suggest that it is a possibility that they are considering. Fans will undoubtedly be eagerly awaiting any news regarding a potential reunion.
Chad explained, “I think doing this Taylor [Hawkins] thing again has gotten them [Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson] kind of rejuvenated, ‘Maybe we can do it?’ Because that was such a huge hole with Neil [Peart] you can’t replace f*cking Neil period. He’s been with them for 40 whatever years.”
“But you know at the end of the day they were like, ‘This is what we do. It’s what we have always done.’ All of a sudden what they don’t do it anymore? They still obviously can play so maybe this will inspire them.”
In addition to Geddy and Alex reuniting at Taylor’s tribute concert, Chad talked about their performance with Primus at the ‘South Park’ 25th-anniversary event last summer. The drummer mentioned that this experience might have influenced Lee and Lifeson’s thinking about a potential Rush reunion.
“Those guys are so happy to be playing again. Here’s another really cool thing about this is that they did one thing at Red Rocks Geddy and Alex from Rush with the guys from South Park not too long ago. The Primus guys were doing like moving pictures or hemispheres in one of their records and they played along with it.”
“They were part of the show. They loved it and enjoyed the hell out of it. Those guys miss playing they couldn’t play anymore, Neil couldn’t do it anymore but they still want to play.”