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Canada’s Rush calls it a day

Rush is “basically done”.

It is pretty common for an artist or band to become well known among their peers and across the world for a time. It is quite another though when one manages to have such a lasting impact and spread of influence that they manage to become a household name and essentially a blueprint for how to make a certain kind of music for all time. In their 40+ year career, Canadian prog-rock band Rush managed to do just that.

Now after such a long and dignified career however, Rush seems to have decided to finally hang it up and call it a day.

This heavy but unsurprising news comes from an interview that guitarist Alex Lifeson gave with The Globe and Mail on Tuesday of last week. In the interview Lifeson gets straight to the point about where things currently stand with Rush, saying:

“It’s been a little over two years since Rush last toured. We have no plans to tour or record any more. We’re basically done. After 41 years, we felt it was enough.”

In 2015 Rush ended their ambitiously enormous R40 tour, where they traveled the entire globe playing an extensive set of all of their best known as well as less famous songs from the past few decades as a celebration of the grand legacy which the trio had created together.

The band had made allusions several times to the idea of this tour being their big farewell while they were embarked upon it, but had not made any official confirmations one way or the other about it.

There is currently no guarantee that Rush will never reunite in any capacity for any projects or shows, but as it stands there are no plans whatsoever to do so any time in the foreseeable future.

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