‘The next day, I can’t talk': As Rush retakes the road, Geddy Lee forced to build in downtime

To think, not long ago Rush was talking about slowing down. Instead, the group has issued a return-to-form concept album, launched a smash tour and earned long-awaited entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Retirement? These guys?

Heck, they’re about to go back on the road again in support of Clockwork Angels.

“I love this tour,” bassist Geddy Lee says, in the video below. “I love those three hours that I’m on stage. I can not tell you how much I am enjoying it. I think it’s the best we’ve ever played together as a band. There are moments where I just feel like we’ve accomplished what we set out to do many, many years ago.”

Dig deeper into the schedule, however, and you’ll find that Rush is, in fact, taking their foot off the gas. They don’t schedule back-to-back concerts anymore, and there’s a reason for that.

“We just can’t; I just can not sing a back-to-back show,” Lee adds. “The next day, I can’t talk — and I’m not really allowed to talk on my days off. So, the days off have become a bit of a fortress of solitude. It’s now a recovery day for me, and that’s a bit sad, because I can’t go out and hang out in a lot of the towns that love in America and around the world. I can’t get the most out of the travel.”

Rush will play nine U.S. dates beginning April 23, 2013 in Austin, Texas, then head to the UK and Europe in May before returning stateside in July For more information on dates and tickets, go here: http://www.rush.com/tour-dates/.

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