RUSH Frontman Geddy Lee - "Any Extreme Religious Behavior Is Bad, Whether It Be Middle East Or The Middle West"

July 9, 2007, 16 years ago

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RUSH frontman Geddy Lee spoke to Phil Roura from the NYDailyNews.com recently about a number of topics including the band's lyrical stance on their latest album, Snakes & Arrows.

"We wanted to reflect a lot on the issues of the day," says Lee. "How our lives are reflected by extreme religious behavior - both near and far away. The point Neil is trying to make in his lyrics is that it is not just the world of Islam. Any extreme religious behavior is bad, whether it be Middle East or the Middle West. You walk through airports and see what everyday folks have to deal with."

Why does Rush feel it has to comment on the religious inclinations of the world?

"Because that is the world we face," says Lee. "This album is more topical. The world has changed a lot in a very short period of time. There's been a lot of conversation, a lot of books written recently about religion - of how God plays in people's lives."

So Rush has become more spiritual? "I dunno. We have always dealt with the world in our own way. One common theme has always been the circumstances that luck - or lack of it - plays in your life."

Don't believe that Lee has suddenly been struck by a lightning bolt and gotten religion. "I'm a cultural Jew," he says with a laugh. "I love my Jewish sense of humor, but I'm not a practitioner."

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