2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, 1994 Juno Hall of Fame inductee, Six-time Guitar Player Best Rock Bass winner, Guitar Player Bass Hall of Fame inductee
“2112,” “Tom Sawyer,” “Limelight,” “The Spirit of Radio,” “Working Man,” “YYZ,” “Subdivisions,” “Grand Designs,” “Closer to the Heart,” “Fly By Night,” “Caravan”
There are not many bassists more original, innovative or influential than Geddy Lee. The frontman of progressive rock icons Rush is one of the most distinctive virtuosos in his craft. Lee elicits a swirling fusion of sounds that have the pop of a slap-style of player, only this legend does not slap at the bass.
Lee calls his style flamenco-inspired, where he flicks at the strings more to double the amount of notes he could muster. Those double stops can boggle the mind of a close listener, but when one considers Lee also sings and plays keys and digital samplers while on stage, his talents are even more impressive.
The Toronto native originally joined Rush in September 1968, replacing bassist/vocalist Jeff Jones at the behest of his childhood friend Alex Lifeson. The band saw moderate success, with the song “Working Man” getting some radio play in the United States, and a tour across the border was arranged with Neil Peart taking over drumming duties from John Rutsey in 1974, locking in Rush’s formal lineup for the next 30-plus years.
And with a vast catalog of subsequent gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums, Rush has built one of the world’s most rabid fanbases. They’ve stayed on top of their game throughout by consistently evolving their sound as they transitioned from blues-inspired metallers to prog rock gods.
Lee—who has also produced for other bands such as Rocket Science and released a standout solo album called My Favourite Headache in 2000—is truly a master equipped to lead that charge. His wizard-like command of the Jazz Bass (including his own signature model) and trademark high-register vocal style are legendary calling cards. And he has legions of supporters and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors to confirm that fact.
"Scarcely anyone in the rock realm fits the phrase ‘bass player’s bass player’ better than Rush frontman Geddy Lee, whose helium-addict vocal delivery and thunderous thumb have been crucial components of the power trio’s Platinum-plated career for nearly four decades now."
As bassist and frontman for legendary progressive-rock pioneers Rush, Geddy Lee created some of music’s most iconic basslines. But what…Read More ›
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