The 40th anniversary of Rush's first album is this year, but in characteristically tongue-in-cheek fashion the Canadian trio is talking about a 41st anniversary tour for 2015.
Alex Lifeson on the state of Rush in 2014 by GMI Rock News
Guitarist Alex Lifeson tells Rolling Stone that "there are already plans being made for the spring of 2015. It`s going to be a 41st anniversary tour, or whatever you're going to call it." He also predicted that the group will "try and play different material this time. I've always wanted to do some rarer Rush material, and this should be a good opportunity to do that."
Rush spent the better part of two years on the road promoting its 2012 "Clockwork Angels" album, which included an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was followed by the release of "The Clockwork Angels Tour" DVD and live album.
When that set was released, Lifeson told us that he expected 2014 to be a year of relative inactivity for Rush, which so far seems to be holding true:
"We all agreed that when we finished this tour we were gonna take this time off and we weren't gonna talk about band stuff or make any plans...We all committed to a year, so that's gonna take us through to the end of next summer, for sure. That's the minimum. If we were to go out (on tour), I don't know -- it would be some time after that, probably the following year. I don't want to say too much. I don't want to create anything with our fans. Right now we're relaxing. We're just taking it easy. We haven't stopped or quit; we're just enjoying our current unemployment."