Geddy Lee believes that Rush does not have any unreleased songs “worth a damn.” These statements came from in an interview given by the bassist and published in the National Post of Canada.
“There’s actually not much in the vaults,” Lee explained when asked about potential Rush material that has not yet seen the light of day. “We were a band that used what we wrote and if we didn’t like what we were writing, we stopped writing it. So there are really no unreleased Rush songs that were worth a damn. Recording our songs was so difficult and ambitious that we didn’t do extra stuff and pick the best.”
Rush’s last studio album with new material, “Clockwork Angels,” was released in 2012. The group performed their last show at the Los Angeles Forum in 2015, and the last stop of the “R40” tour.
Unlike numerous of their counterparts, the Rush members – Lee, drummer Neil Peart, and guitarist Alex Lifeson – continued to be friends for more than four decades. It’s a feature that Lee considered earned the group even more loved by their fans.
“I think the camaraderie we had for so many years – we really were very close friends. Alex and I still are,” the bassist explained. “I think that struck home with a lot of fans. People like to see long marriages and long relationships, people who work together without acrimony.”
Peart’s passing in January 2020 established an end to any desire of Rush reassembling. While Lee and Lifeson remain open to collaborating again, they’ve frequently said it is unlikely to be under a Rush reunion.
Still, the hope to plan and play continues to ignite within Lee, who revealed he still plays bass at home “to keep [his] fingers juiced.”
“It’s interesting, I recently re-released my album [2000’s solo My Favorite Headache] on vinyl and that forced me to listen to it again,” Lee noted. “I’m very proud of it – it’s a very intricate record, a deep record, and a lot of love and passion went into it. It did get me thinking that one day I’d like to take that on the road, so you never know. But I have no firm plans to do anything right now. It’s not a time when one can plan much, so only time will tell if that comes to fruition.”