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Rush’s Alex Lifeson once did a ton of ecstasy and listened to Nine Inch Nails and Tool

on October 13, 2016, 6:30pm

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Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson is among the more colorful personalities in rock music, but he’s even more fun when he’s on drugs. At least that’s what we gather from an interview he did with Classic Rock shortly after his 60th birthday. Asked about his favorite drugs, he responded, “Cannabis, I think, is the best,” but then went on to expound on the many wonders of MDMA:

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.

Lifeson then goes on to tell a hilarious story about doing ecstasy with his wife and listening to a lot of Nine Inch Nails and Tool:

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.

So there you have it. Not only does Alex Lifeson listen to heavy rock music, but he listens to it exactly as it’s intended to be heard. Read the rest of the interview via