The drummer made the announcement last December (15) during an interview with Drumhead magazine, revealing his daughter had already started referring to dad as "a retired drummer".

Geddy was quick to play down Neil's comments, blaming the media for making too much of his pal's remarks, but now the singer admits his bandmate was probably right about hanging up his tour jacket after their R40 anniversary trek.

"There's a bit of denial that gets you through," he lamented to The Strombo Show radio programme. "You go, 'Ah, this won't be the last one - we'll take a break, then we'll get back together and do another one.' You don't want it to end.

"I think I've accepted that it's probably the last one as a tour. We'll see."

The rockers are still considering what to do about their performing future, but Peart appears adamant to sit any further gigs out.

"We send all these things (show proposals), but the responses are not as enthusiastic," Lee explained of his communication with Neil. "We talk."

And while Lee has been approached to work on "records with other people", he isn't ready to leave Rush behind just yet.

He stated, "My attitude is that I needed a good clearing of my mind before knowing where my heart wants to go next as an artist. I think that's sort of were we are right now."