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Old 10-11-2019, 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Haunted Pasta View Post
In the Rush bio-documentary thing from some years back, Geddy said that they basically had to replace Rutsey because his diabetes would prevent him from touring. Sounded like it was a tough decision and a sad thing for everyone involved.
The official explanation is that Rutsey left due to health issues. But many have speculated Lifeson & Lee viewed him as a good but not a "great" drummer, they wanted the latter, and so were looking to replace him without his feelings being too hurt. His health issues may have been a convenient excuse. At any rate, it undoubtedly had a negative impact on Rutsey's mental wellbeing. A sad situation.