Neil Peart's drumming on 'Tom Sawyer' is arguably the greatest drum track in rock & roll. It's been studied and disecte. There was even a movie about 'air drummers' competeting using the song. You have to hear Neil's drums without having to listen 'around' Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.
Back in January, we reported that Alex Lifeson had taken a job as a newspaper columnist, writing for the West End Phoenix, a monthly Toronto paper started by his friend, Dave Bidini.
Showing he's a team player, Lifeson, in an effort to help raise money for the paper, has signed and numbered 100 copies of the paper containing his column. They're available for $150 apiece.
Rush fans have probably known it for the past two years, but Lifeson has finally confirmed it -- the band is pretty much done.
He tells the Toronto Globe and Mail, "It's been a little over two years since Rush last toured. We have no plans to tour or record any more. We're basically done. After 41 years, we felt it was enough."
Lifeson adds that this means he has time for other projects. "I'm writing a lot -- I'm writing on four or five different little projects. I get these requests to do guitar work with other people. It's really a lot of fun for me. It's low pressure: I get to be as creative as I want to be and I can work a little outside of the box, which is really attractive to me."