Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of RUSH just lately sat down for an interview in Toronto for “Home Of Strombo”, a free-form radio discuss program hosted by Canadian tv and radio persona George Stroumboulopoulos. On this unique dialog, Lee and Lifeson talked in regards to the fortieth anniversary of their eighth studio album “Shifting Photos”, the lack of RUSH drummer Neil Peart, grieving in public, their new perspective on time, the music trade at this time, being booed off stage, getting excessive earlier than rehearsals, Taylor Hawkins and extra.
Reflecting on the current passing of the FOO FIGHTERS drummer, Geddy stated: “Heartbreaking — simply heartbreaking. That basically broke my coronary heart, his passing. [He was] so filled with file. I bear in mind when he offered the [Rock And Roll] Corridor Of Fame award to us in 2013 and we got here up on stage, he was actually leaping up and down like a two-year-old — he was leaping up and down, he was so pleased — and that was him. He was so filled with admiration and rock and roll pleasure juice. And it simply appears flawed that he left us.”
Hawkins and FOO FIGHTERS chief Dave Grohl gave the speech for RUSH when the prog-rock legends have been inducted into the Rock And Roll Corridor Of Fame, and the FOO FIGHTERS duo then carried out “2112” alongside RUSH through the Rock Corridor ceremony.
After Stroumboulopoulos requested Lee what Hawkins stated to him when he offered him with the Rock Corridor award, Geddy stated: “He simply gave me a giant hug. He simply despatched me an e-mail like a month in the past — simply checking in. That is what he would do; he would simply test in.”
When Hawkins‘s dying was first introduced in late March, Lee launched an announcement on social media through which he stated: “We’re so very shocked and saddened to listen to the devastating information of the sudden passing of our musical brother Taylor Hawkins. He was such an extremely optimistic supply of music, vitality and love, and a real artist to his very core…there are merely no phrases to adequately specific simply how a lot he will likely be missed by all — together with Alex, myself and the whole RUSH household. Our hearts, love and sympathy exit to Taylor‘s household as nicely the Grohls, and the prolonged FOOs household…”
In a separate publish on his private Instagram account, Lee mirrored on the time he and Lifeson joined the FOO FIGHTERS onstage throughout a live performance in Toronto.
“My coronary heart is actually breaking on the information of Taylor‘s passing. A sweetheart of a person that radiated good vibes, a love of music, and a complete monster on the drums,” Lee wrote. “He was so, so pleased the night time Alex and I got here up onstage to play YYZ with him through the FOOs present on the Air Canada Centre on March twenty third, 2008… His pleasure was nearly unattainable for him to comprise. Brother, you left us approach, approach too quickly… relaxation in peace my buddy…”
When Peart died in January 2020, Hawkins stated in an announcement to Rolling Stone: “Neil Peart had the arms of God. Finish of story.”
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