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 Alex Lifeson - “We've managed to have a long career that is still quite vibrant, yet we've never had to kow-tow to record companies who said we weren't commercial enough.”
 Alex Lifeson - “But when Neil called, I have to say that my heart soared. And the reason was, because it said so much about his recovery... that he was coming back to the world of the living.”
 Alex Lifeson - “The shock of any trauma, I think changes your life. It's more acute in the beginning and after a little time you settle back to what you were. However it leaves an indelible mark on your psyche.”
 Alex Lifeson - “Today closes a difficult and painful period in the lives of my family, my friends and myself. But the sun is shining and it feels good.”
 Alex Lifeson - “Certainly after the tragedy in Neil's life, we were holding out hope for his recovery. It wasn't too promising at the time and obviously you get to the point of thinking that that is it.”
 Alex Lifeson - “And on top of that, when we work together we have a wonderful working relationship we push each other we challenge each other we laugh 80 of the time that we are together we're very fortunate.”
 Alex Lifeson - “When Neil called, I have to say that my heart soared. And the reason really was because it said so much about his recovery -- that he was coming back to the world of the living. I mean, even if he wasn't really ready for it, he was making an attempt, and there was that little faint light in him that was glowing again.”
 Alex Lifeson - “It was a gradual move towards getting back in shape again. He Peart hadn't played drums for a long time and he needed the time to just build up his chops again. And for us, Geddy and I hadn't worked writing together in a while and because we'd been doing such diverse things we needed some time to get used to each other again.”
 Alex Lifeson - “When we signed our deal in 1974, we'd already been together for six years. When they lowered the drinking age in Ontario in 1971 to 18 years, we went from playing two or three high schools in a month to playing clubs two or three times a week.”
 Alex Lifeson - “It was interesting to see the development in the arrangements, and how our sound changed over the course of a decade. I definitely found it fascinating, looking at that. And how the stage show changed over the years of course, in 10 years a lot of stuff changes. But it was a little fascinating to watch that, actually.”
 Alex Lifeson - “Rush has never been a spontaneous group. We may be spontaneous in our writing, we may be spontaneous as individuals in our day to day lives... certainly I think am and always have been, but I think when it comes to Rush and our presentation of our music it's quite controlled.”
 Alex Lifeson - “I mean, you go to the internet and you can see all these conversations and arguments that our fans have about our music and that's wonderful to know, that people would take the time to be that involved.”
 Alex Lifeson - “I think that's given inspiration to other musicians. I know, particularly through the 90s, a lot of bands would cite Rush as an influence. I don't think it was so much our music, but more the way we really stuck to our guns.”
 Alex Lifeson - “With 'One Little Victory,' I love the idea that Neil is the one who starts the record and he starts it with such a fury and it just says, 'We're back.' And the whole sentiment of that song about being aware of those little successes -- the daily little things that really count -- that we so often take for granted.”
 Alex Lifeson - “You know, we have a long history of covering different periods of this band's development with a live record... a sort of live thing that would be done for three or four records, and that was the intention with this particular package.”
 Alex Lifeson - “Well, I stand by that comment, I think a couple of years ago, I think we all felt the same way, we weren't sure wanted to release another live record.”
 Alex Lifeson - “Not particularly... the reason is because we made a promise to ourselves years ago that whatever we did in the studio we would try to recapture live.”
 Alex Lifeson - “But I think the credit has to go to Geddy... he spent a lot of time in the studio with Paul, I think he needed that kind of focus to be in there to be a part of the whole thing, and for the most part he made all the major decisions.”
 Alex Lifeson - “I think we're quite unique in that we do have our own sound and approach and we don't really care what's going on elsewhere... we've never wanted to be part of another trend or movement.”
 Alex Lifeson - “Both Neil and I had done solo projects where we were the boss and I just thought that if he was willing to get into it, it would really be a good experience for him.”
 Alex Lifeson - “When I look out at the audience at some of our shows, I think we are reaching a younger audience... I see lots of people in their 30s and 40s, but I also see a lot of people in their young and middle teens, and that's definitely reassuring.”
 Alex Lifeson - “I'd say we do reach somewhat of a younger audience, but I think for the most part that younger audience is picking our music up from a brother or sister or even parent, who is turning them onto the band.”
 Alex Lifeson - “At the same time, I've never been afraid of death or the concept of death.”
 Alex Lifeson - “If there was any one achievement, it would be that we've have done it on our own terms.”