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Still reeling from the January 2020 death of bandmate Neil Peart, Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson has discussed his recent trouble finding joy in music.

“It’s been difficult,” the guitarist recently said on Talkin’ Golf. “After Neil passed in January, I’ve played very little guitar. I just don’t feel inspired and motivated.”

Also speaking on behalf of bassist Geddy Lee, Lifeson reflected on Rush’s legacy, saying, “We’re certainly proud of our track record, and we still love music. But it’s different now.”

The proper Rush trio last took the stage in 2015, celebrating their 40th anniversary. And despite a great deal of tragedy – the passing of Peart’s daughter and wife in 1997 – the band remained visible and celebrated their induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.

“I just don’t feel it in my heart right now. Every time I pick up a guitar, I just aimlessly mess around with it and put it down after 10 minutes…Normally, I would pick up a guitar and I would play for a couple of hours without even being aware that I’m spending that much time. So I know it’ll come back,” Lifeson added.