The resurgence of bands reuniting without their original members while retaining the iconic name has gained significant traction, and Rush finds itself at the center of this contentious trend. Fans have been grappling with the prospect of the band continuing without its classic lineup, particularly concerning the absence of Neil Peart. While potential drumming successors, such as the notable Mike Portnoy, could aptly step into Peart’s shoes, the contentious issue arises when considering the participation of Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee alongside a replacement drummer.
Geddy Lee candidly broached this delicate subject during a recent interview with The Washington Post, describing it as a “taboo subject.” In the discussion, he reflected on their performances with Alex Lifeson, notably in tribute to the late Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters. Lee acknowledged the elephant in the room – the notion of playing Rush songs with a third person occupying the drumming role. However, he noted a shift in perspective, stating:
“It was nice to know that if we decide to go out, Alex and I, whether we went out as part of a new thing or whether we just wanted to go out and play Rush as Rush, we could do that now.”
As the 50th anniversary of Rush’s self-titled debut record approaches in 2024, Geddy Lee hinted at the possibility of a significant event to mark the occasion. While the original record featured John Rutsey on drums, not Neil Peart, the looming question remains: Can Rush successfully reunite with another drummer? Lee’s acknowledgment of the changed dynamics suggests a newfound openness to the idea, leaving fans to speculate on the future trajectory of the legendary band. The resolution of this enduring debate awaits as fans eagerly anticipate whether Rush will embark on a new chapter or celebrate their illustrious past in a unique way for their golden anniversary.