We’ve heard subtle hints coming from Rush’s two most vocal members for a while now about the possibility of the group getting back to work soon. From all appearances, it seems that both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson are starting to get a little antsy and would like to begin work on some new material.
Drummer Neil Peart, who just recently became a father again, might be a different story. After a major life event like that, he may want to stick around home for a while and settle into the new routine. Lee and Lifeson will probably talk him into returning to work before too long, however.
Recent word by way of NoiseCreep.com suggests that the group may resume work soon and if all goes well, come up with a new album to showcase on a tour next summer.
The group seemed extraordinarily pleased with the finished product after working with producer Nick Raskulinecz on their last album, Snakes & Arrows. I think Nick calls the office once a week just to make sure we’re still planning on getting back to work at some point,” according to guitarist Alex Lifeson.
The Snakes & Arrows tour was particularly grueling for Rush, with a total of 120 shows performed at venues around the world. The group decided that a year off would be a good break after spending so much time on the road. Although there are no formal commitments coming from them about when they will get back to work, Lifeson reports he has been doing some writing and hopes he will get together with Lee and Peart in the near future to start planning their next album.
Although it’s too early for Rush fans to start planning for a tour next summer, it’s obvious that Rush is not finished yet. It’s a pretty safe bet that they will be releasing a new album again. The only question is: “When?”