Discussing playing on other artists' records.
Smith: You guys, it's a perfect example of that. How is it when you play with others? Do you enjoy doing other things? You do other records and stuff, right?
Lifeson: Yeah. Mm-hmm.
Smith: I know it's completely different.
Lifeson: It's completely different. It's an exercise in… your skill as a player, and as an arranger and a songwriter. When I play on somebody else's music or record, I feel so much freer than when it's our own stuff, for some reason.
Smith: No pressure?
Lifeson: Yeah, there's no pressure, I guess. You're here interpreting someone else's interpretation, and you don't really have to... it's not your identity. It's kind of funny. You can afford to experiment and try different things. I always provide alternates to whatever I do. "Here's one idea."
Smith: "If you don't like this one… " [Laughs]
Lifeson: A few more different takes – "I like this one, too." Whatever you like and where it's going. That's a fun thing to do. I love doing that. I would play on stuff all the time if people would ask me or if the opportunity exists.
Smith: Do you think, because you're in the group, they think like, "He's… "
Lifeson: He probably won't want to do this.
Smith: "He's busy. He's doing his thing." I get that, too.
Lifeson: "No, there's no way he's going to play on our record."
Smith: [Laughs] I'll be like, "I'd love to."