Geddy Lee explained how the death of Taylor Hawkins affected the chance of a reunion with former Rush colleague Alex Lifeson.

The Canadian band – which ended with the 2020 passing of Neil Peart – had a strong connection with the Foo Fighters drummer, who helped induct them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. In a new episode of House of Strombo (available below), bassist Lee referred to Hawkins' death when asked about working with guitarist Lifeson again.

“It’s weighing time,” Lee said. “If I’ve learned anything from the terrible things that have happened in the last few years, it’s the value of time, and to make sure you’re spending your time the way you want to spend it. And that’s a bigger question than whether Al and I will make a record, or Al and I will play together, or whatever. It’s got to be about our time and our lives because it’s precious. And, man, it goes.”

He continued: “Look at what just happened with Taylor. Heartbreaking, just heartbreaking. That really broke my heart, his passing… He was so full of admiration and rock ’n’ roll joy juice, and it just seems wrong that he left us. So again, time.”

Neither Lee nor Lifeson have made a commitment to reuniting, although it hasn’t been ruled out. Asked in the new interview: “When you two finally play together, will you record it?” Lee replied light-heartedly: “I don’t know. We’ll see.”

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