Geddy Lee has opened up about how the death of Taylor Hawkins affected the chances of a reunion with former Rush colleague Alex Lifeson.
The Canadian band – which ended with the death of Neil Peart in 2020 – had a strong bond with the Foo Fighters drummer, who helped induct them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. In a new episode of Strombo House (available below), bassist Lee opened up about Hawkins’ death when asked about working with guitarist Lifeson again.
“Time to weigh in,” Lee said. “If I’ve learned anything from the terrible things that have happened over the past few years, it’s the value of time and making sure you spend your time the way you want. And that’s a bigger question whether Al and I will make a record, or Al and I will play together, or whatever. It has to be about our time and our lives because it’s precious. And, man, that’s okay .
He continued: “Look at what just happened with Taylor. Heartbreaking, just heartbreaking. It really broke my heart, his passing…He was so full of admiration and rock ‘n’ roll joy juice, and it just feels wrong that he left us. So again, time.
Neither Lee nor Lifeson have committed to reuniting, although it hasn’t been ruled out. Asked in the new interview, “When you finally play together, will you record it?” Lee lightly replied, “I don’t know. We’ll see.”
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