Neil Peart is 'no longer physically capable' of playing live
Alexandra Pollard

10:28 9th March 2016

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Rush's Alex Lifeson has confirmed that the band have retired from touring, because Neil Peart "is no longer physically capable."

The band embarked on their R40 tour last summer, celebrating the 40th anniversary of drummer Peart's time in the band. At the time, they heavily implied that this would likely be their last full-scale tour together, due to Peart's chronic tendonitis and Alex Lifeson's arthritis.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Lifeson has confirmed that the band won't be doing another tour, citing Peart's condition as the main factor.

"He didn’t even want to do the [R40 Tour], to be honest with you," he revealed. "It’s been increasingly difficult for him, but he committed to the tour and we got through it. As far as he was concerned, that was the end of touring."

He continued, "His shoulders were hurting, his arms were hurting, his elbows, his feet, everything. He didn’t want to play anything less than 100 percent. He was finding it increasingly difficult to hit that mark on this last tour. So, all those things combined, I get it. I’m disappointed and I think Geddy [Lee] is very disappointed and we’d love to continue this tour a little bit longer, but we’re off now."

Rush released their 20th album, Clockwork Angels, back in 2012.

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