Geddy Lee spoke the words that nearly every Rush fan has secretly feared; Neil Peart is retired -- and not just from the band, but from drumming all together. Rolling Stone reported during an interview with Eddie Trunk on Sirius XM, Lee explained, "Neil is retired. He hasn’t just retired from Rush; he’s retired from drumming. He’s not drumming anymore, and he’s living his life. Which is fine -- Alex (Lifeson) and I are cool with it. We’re all still total pals. In fact, Alex and I were there just a few weeks ago visiting him, and we stay in touch. And, of course, Alex lives very near to me, so we’re constantly going out to dinner, ’cause he loves to drink everything in my wine cellar. We’re still pals, and we all talk, but that period of our life is done."

Rush played their last show to date on August 1st, 2015 at The Forum in Inglewood, California, and Geddy Lee spoke about how the band's final tour was tough for Peart: "Neil was struggling throughout that tour to play at his peak, because of physical ailments and other things that were going on with him. And he is a perfectionist, and he did not want to go out and do anything less than what people expected of him. That’s what drove him his whole career, and that’s the way he wanted to go out, and I totally respect that."

When pressed about any new music coming from him and guitarist Alex Lifeson, Lee admitted, "I don’t know when and what shape that will take. I don’t know if Alex and I will do something together. People keep me asking me and they want me to be definitive, and I can’t be, because I really haven’t thought that far."

Backstage at Rush's 2013 Rock and Roll Hall induction, Neil Peart told us that the band's fans had a personal stake in seeing Rush inducted: "The thing is, with our fans, is that we grew up together. We always say 'the soundtrack of your life' is a phrase that I love, but it has been that case and we have evolved naturally in our music and our lyrics and our songs and all that, of our experiences from our past and our present as grown-ups, and we've expressed all that through our songs. So a lot of them have grown up with that in a very real, true way, so they share it and they feel like they're part of the team, and our team should win."

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