German virtuoso Marco Minnemann is a frequent drum clinician and session man who has worked with the likes of Joe Satriani, Steven Wilson, Paul Gilbert and Guthrie Govan. Minnemann nearly joined Dream Theater in 2010, but the band hired Mike Mangini instead.
Minnemann revealed the news Thursday via Facebook.
"Working on a new collaborative release together with Rush's Alex Lifeson," he wrote. "Watch this space for more details to follow soon."
Lifeson appeared on Minnemann's 2017 solo album Borrego.
"I'm writing a lot," he told The Globe and Mail in January. "I'm writing on four or five different little projects. I get these requests to do guitar work with other people. It's really a lot of fun for me."
The guitarist previously expressed frustration gaining perspective on his new compositions but Minnemann — an accomplished composer in his own right — will surely be of help in that area.
Last summer, Lee and Lifeson were rumored to be planning a return together. Those rumors were quickly denied by Rush's management, though it's still unclear what Lifeson's plans for his new project are.
Lee has also expressed an intent to return to music at some point. He said last month that he, too, writes occasionally, but he added he's been too wrapped up in projects surrounding Rush's back catalog and his upcoming Big, Beautiful Book of Bass (due December 4) to get serious about songwriting again.
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