Is Rush Still Rush Without Neil Peart?

Geddy Lee recently spoke to Rolling Stone about the 40th anniversary release of the 1978 Rush album, Hemispheres. And while he said that there's "no chance of seeing Rush on tour again as Alex, Geddy and Neil,” he did add, “But would you see one of us or two of us or three of us? That’s possible.”

So, that begs the question - is Rush still Rush without Neil Peart?

For those who are unfamiliar with the entire Rush tale, there was another drummer before Neil, John Rutsey, who played on their first album. But there is no denying that Peart helped shape the sound the band is known for, not to mention the fact that he was their lyricist.

Geddy and Alex Lifeson have both said they're not done making music, so perhaps they can do something together. The question remains if they would do something under the Rush umbrella.

Rolling Stone points out that Journey just did a successful tour of arenas and stadiums (albeit on a bill with Def Leppard) without the services of former singer Steve Perry. And, other bands are still out there without key members, including Queen, Styx, Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd and KISS.

Do you think Geddy and Alex could do a tour or an album under the Rush umbrella without Neil?

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