This a personal career decision by a professional. Why are we even allowed to have an opinion on it since it's personal and doesn't affect a single one of us?
I just wish I could retire!
I just wish I could retire!
According to Geddy who was just asked about this fro another mag, it is not the end. Yes, end of tours, but not of all things Rush. It appears NP's words were simply blown out of context in the 'there is no story so lets make a story' style of journalism.Having been a Neil follower for years and read all his books and interviews, I personally don't think this is 'the end'.
Major long-haul tours are clearly over, but I'd be very surprised if Rush never recorded again or even did a residency of one-city shows perhaps.
I saw this too, but I also watched their interview with Michael Moore from last month, where it appeared that Geddy was taking great pains to choose his words carefully. Along with that, I got the impression that conversations with Neil hadn't been going in the direction Geddy might have liked and looked like he was trying to conceal how peeved he was.According to Geddy who was just asked about this fro another mag, it is not the end. Yes, end of tours, but not of all things Rush. It appears NP's words were simply blown out of context in the 'there is no story so lets make a story' style of journalism.
That sentiment seems really powerful to me because I don't think Neil can get any better, either. He's taken it as far as he'll ever get it and it's all downhill from here. That's the piece that has me convinced that he really is done.You have to know when you're at the top of your particular mountain, I guess. Maybe not the summit, but as high as you can go...
... [Artie Shaw] was a celebrated big-band leader and clarinetist (he called Benny Goodman "the competition") who famously gave up playing at age forty-four. This summation of his career really resonates with me now. "Had to be better, better, better. It always could be better...When I quit, it was because I couldn't do any better."
I also went with my son this summer here in St. Louis. I did go to a Rush concert with my son in 2004 so it was not our first. But when I heard this news I was extremely happy he and I shared part of their last tour. He was the third drummer to inspire me after Buddy and Karen. His style was perfect for me in my teens and album rock life. Thank you NP for the inspiration, dedication, and your vast collection of music! First concert, 1976!I had the pleasure of seeing them in Montreal this past summer. I had a feeling it might be the last, I took my son and happy I did.
You can't play at that level for ever, injuries, aches and pains creep in with age.
NP has a young family, so good on him for deciding to be with them.
I'm really, really hoping this guy is kidding and is making these silly videos for fun or trolling purposes.
If he's serious, he has my sympathy.
I don't think it's that simple.The guys in Rush should carry on with another drummer. Problem solved.
Neil doesn't want to tour, the other guys do.
Who would be a good replacement?