Rush Guitarist Talks Listening To Tool & Nine Inch Nails High On Drugs


Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson discussed listening to Tool and Nine Inch Nails while high on ecstasy in a new Team Rock interview.

“Cannabis, I think, is the best. But I did take ecstasy and that was fun. That was in the mid-90s. I loved it. So many relationships opened up and became deeper, and they remain so. It’s the one drug where you have those sorts of experiences and they stay with you. I found that after a while that was wearing off. The more you do it, the less it feels like those first times.”

He added, “Music was just amazing to listen to.”

“It was dance music mostly. I remember doing E one night with my wife, just the two of us. In the living room in our old house we had a huge sound system – 6,000 watts or something. We got dressed up and sat there drinking orange juice and smoking about a thousand cigarettes and we listened to Nine Inch Nails and Tool – all this loud, intense, heavy music. We had such a ball.”

Lifeson also discussed the meaning of life, “To be a good person, to live your life sharing, being considerate of others, and loving. Passing something forward. It’s less about making money and getting ahead – which is easy to say when you’ve had success.”