In a recent interview with Pollstar, Geddy Lee of Rush shared his eagerness to dive back into the realm of music creation, underscoring a sense of urgency to explore new musical ventures before time slips away.
Discussing his future plans, the bassist outlined his ambitions, stating:
“I have some big decisions to make, and I’m pondering. I would like to get back to writing music and see where that takes me. I would like to do some things in music before I shut the door on that option. So I just need some time now.”
Reflecting on the intense final stretch dedicated to his new book, ‘My Effin’ Life,’ Lee expressed the need for a break after investing almost three years in its creation. Describing the last two months as particularly demanding due to constant travel and extensive public engagements, he emphasized the importance of a period focused on contemplation rather than constant dialogue.
Despite his seasoned career as a performer, Lee faced new challenges during the ‘My Effin’ Life In Conversation’ book tour, including the anxiety of appearing on stage without his bass guitar for the first time. The memoir offers a profound journey into his life and career, delving into personal struggles, the complexities of band dynamics, and the profound impact of losing Neil Peart to brain cancer in 2020.
In a Classic Rock discussion about his autobiography, Lee revealed the delicate balance he aimed to strike in respecting Peart’s privacy and the privacy of his family:
“Carrie [Peart’s wife] and Olivia [his daughter] are going to read it. So, I didn’t want to betray any confidence, but at the same time, I think it was appropriate to describe the difficulty of that three-and-a-half-year period. It was difficult for me, and I was just his friend; I wasn’t part of his family. And it was a nightmare for them, what they had to live with on a daily basis.”
The book tour itself became a memorable experience for fans, featuring surprise guest hosts like Paul Rudd, Jack Black, and even Rush co-founder Alex Lifeson. This tour, coupled with Lee’s select appearances since Rush’s last tour in 2015, marked a significant moment for both Lee and his fans, rekindling the in-person connection that has been a hallmark of his illustrious career.