Just months after Rush’s major 40th anniversary tour, the band’s future has been up in the air. The famed progressive rock trio had said that “R40” would be their final performances, and it seems Neil Peart is more than content to hang up his drumsticks.

In a new interview with Drumhead Magazine, a published snippet reveals Peart’s mindset on performing:

… Lately Olivia has been introducing me to new friends at school as “My dad– He’s a retired drummer.” True to say–funny to hear. And it does not pain me to realize that, like all athletes, there comes a time to… take yourself out of the game. I would rather set it aside then face the predicament described in our song “Losing It” (“Sadder still to watch it die, than never to have known it”) …

However, fans of rock music know to “never say never,” as both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson have indicated interests in continuing the band. Until then, we’ll keep our fingers crossed.

[H/t Jambase]