Geddy Lee Reveals The Secret To Rush's Longevity

(Classic Rock) Rush frontman Geddy Lee says the band always ruled out adding members to their lineup - even when he was struggling to play all his parts in the early 1980s.

He wound up delivering lead vocals, bass, synth, foot pedals and triggering backing tracks when the Canadian giants explored a more electronic sound. Lee tells Rolling Stone: "Every rehearsal, I was screaming, 'I can't do it!' But it just felt wrong to have another dude on stage with us. We talked about it all the time. We still talk about it. But it's a no-go zone - can't do it."

He believes the balance between him, Alex Lifeson and Neal Peart is the secret to their longevity. "We're never mean to each other," he says. "If we disagree, we pout. That's sort of the Canadian way. But we did love punching Alex when he said something stupid."

Drummer Peart reflects: "If any of us were the slightest bit less stable, the slightest bit less disciplined, less humorous or more mean, or in any way different, it wouldn't have worked. There's a miracle there." Read more here.

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