Preserving their voice and singing capacity is a common challenge for long-standing singers, as it requires them to be careful with many things. Vocalists have to be extra cautious with their voices since their performance can either make or break the show. Especially in rock music, where screaming and shouting are widespread, taking care of your voice is even more challenging and vital.
For singers, the vocal cords are the most important part of their body since they cannot perform for a long time without protecting them. Thus, it should be no surprise that vocalists frequently worry about their vocal health. It is likely to see many concerts being postponed or canceled due to a singer’s vocal struggles.
It would be unrealistic to expect an enduring band like Rush, which had made music for years, not to have experienced similar issues. As a progressive rock pioneer that constantly toured, the band delivered numerous live shows all around the world, making Geddy Lee become worried about his vocal health.
When Rush lead vocalist and bassist Geddy Lee joined an interview with Rolling Stone in September 2013, the band had just completed an extensive world tour in support of their 2012 album, ‘Clockwork Angels.’ After talking about that pretty long tour, having gone around Canada, the United States, and Europe, Lee was asked about the difficulties of singing every night for such a long period of time.
“I worry about my voice 24/7 when I’m on tour,” admitted the singer, sharing that he paid extra attention to his voice while hitting the road. “It’s like a pitcher and his arm. It’s constantly the thing that my whole life revolves around. It’s not getting sick, not getting too dry.”
Lee continued, “My diet, my regime, the whole life I have on the road has always got that little bit of stress because I’m always afraid I’m going to get a cold. And it’s just such a nightmare when you get a cold or an irritation, and you have to do a show. It’s just a f*cking nightmare. So I live in constant fear of it.”
So, as the lead singer of Rush for long years, Geddy Lee always worried about encountering a problem that could affect his voice. However, he regarded canceling a show as the last option, showing his respect for the audience, which was not surprising for a band like Rush, known for their dedication and hard work to perform at their best.