Rush's Geddy Lee Discusses Life on the Road as a
Canada's biggest prog-rock exports, Rush will
kick start their 'Clockwork Angels' world tour today (7th Sept) and
will continue until December. The band will then take a break until
May (2013) before crossing the pond to embark on the European leg
of the tour.
As the trio prepare for the colossal North American and European
trek the band's influential bassist and frontman, Geddy
Lee spoke with Grammy.com about life on the road as a
"I find it more stressful than when I was younger. I
think the physical part of it takes its toll on me, and the other
guys I know for sure," says Geddy.
"Staying healthy becomes a more difficult challenge,
and as the tour winds on, nerves fray in a different way than they
used to. Although, you have more confidence than when you were
younger, and more command of your instrument [and], as a result,
more command of your audience's attention, which makes it easier.
There is kind of a physical price you pay as the tour winds on,
whereas when I was younger I could be in almost any condition, get
out there and bang it off. I'm grateful for the audiences that we
have, wherever we go. But it's a difficult thing for me to do right
Lee also spoke about the longevity of the band and how they've
managed to stay together and successful for so long.
"There's a particular obvious chemical reaction we
have with each other as players. We all like making the same kind
of music, which I think is the one thing that kills a lot of bands:
the fact that their tastes start changing, and the thing they want
to put in their music is not something the other guys agree with.
We don't have that problem here.
The other thing that breaks up most bands is
interpersonal relationships. We don't have that problem either,
because we do get along well and we respect each other. Most of the
time the biggest concern we have is, who is going to say something
funnier? Where we get into one-upmanship is in the comedy
department, not the music department. I think those things combined
have really helped keep this band going."
Find out what else Geddy had to say about life on the road and
on Rush's lasting impact on the world of music at Grammy.com.
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