RUSH frontman Geddy Lee says that the band's upcoming "R40" trek will be "the last big tour that we're going to do for a while" but has stopped short of calling it "a farewell tour."
The Canadian rock legends recently announced a 34-city North American tour to celebrate their 40th anniversary (which was actually in 2014). The trek gets underway May 8 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and wraps up August 1 in Los Angeles.
Asked during an appearance on VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show" if "R40" will be effectively RUSH's "farewell" tour, Lee said: "It's very hard to answer that question for a lot of reasons. The three guys in this band have different opinions on this point — everyone's in a different space right now."
He continued: "[RUSH drummer] Neil Peart has a young child at home and he's said numerous times that it's very hard for him to leave his daughter. She needs him."
Lee added: "It's clear that we are at a point in our career that we have to slow down — and slow down dramatically. So, I'm not a guy who's in love with the farewell tour idea, but it's clear that this is going to be the last big tour that we're going to do for a while, anyway.
"In terms of 'are we still a band?' Yeah, of course we're still a band. Do we talk about writing? Yes, we talk about writing. Will we do gigs in the future? I don't see why not. But, when you are talking about a tour that's 35 shows, 40 shows, 50 shows, at our age at this point in our lives, I don't know how many of those are still left in us."