(Warning: This is most likely a regrettable post that I am engaging in to avoid staining my deck.)
So next month, it will have been one year since the retirement, or so we think, kind of pretty sure. I am not holding my breath for anything, but wouldn't some true and definite statement on the actual position of the band be nice? Just something to allow closure to the many, many Rush fans who are interested? Perhaps falsely hoping for new material that will never materialize?
So far as I am aware, the retirement "announcements" went something like this: 'This is the likely last major tour of the band' - Rush management, 'She referred to me as a retired drummer, and come to think of it, I guess I am. This is an athletic endeavor and I'm getting old......etc' - NEP, 'No, we are not retired'- GL, 'That is not what he meant'-GL, 'We have one great album left'-GL, 'We are itching to get back into the studio'- AL, 'There are no definite plans, Neal's in a good place right now'- AL, 'We are definitely not finished'- AL, (cricket noises)-NEP. I could go on, but hey, we all have lives. Sort of..... I mean, I am writing this, and you are reading it.
This is a crazy idea, but how about if Neal just put this thing to rest, one way or the other by actually saying something? You know, like, "I really am done. Leave me alone, go away. Thanks for the $". Something. Throw us a bone, man! Peart is a wordsmith, a literary craftsman, it is ironic to me that he is so dubious and negligent in getting his thoughts regarding the bands finality out into the public sphere. Especially if he just wants to be left alone.
Alright, rant finished. My deck won't stain itself apparently. It is still there ........ crying out to me.