Friday, March 26, 2010
Nick Patch of the Canadian Press conducted an interview with RUSH drummer Neil Peart about the band's upcoming induction into the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame and other topics. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
On the fact that RUSH has yet to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and Museum in Cleveland:
Peart: "No ... you know who it matters to, is the fans. It would matter a lot to our fans for us to have that validation. It doesn't matter to me. I've got the success and respect that we've had, and the opportunity to do exactly what we wanted for 35 years, do we need them to make us feel better? No, not at all. Being in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame, that's 10 times — 100 times — more (important) than being in some critics' list."
On RUSH's plans to do pre-production on two new songs in the coming weeks, with a tour possibly following:
Peart: "We're going to put those (songs) together and if they turn out well, we'll maybe even release them (on their own). We're saying, what if we do a little songwriting and then a little touring to play those songs, and then get back to the songwriting again? It would be an interesting way to shake up our usual way.
"There's nothing I can confirm yet ... these things are immensely complicated and so much involved, all I can say is that we're considering that."