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Geddy Lee on Rush's 'bonus years'

In 1997, Rush is one of Canada's most successful bands, selling some 35 million albums worldwide over a career spanning nearly three decades. In February that year, the trio - drummer Neil Peart, guitarist Alex Lifeson and vocalist/bassist Geddy Lee - receives one of the country's highest honours when they are invested as officers of the Order of Canada. In this CBC-TV interview, Lee says that given how long the band's been around, he considers Rush to be in its "bonus years." Performing, he adds, is still his favourite part of the job.
• Rush was founded in Willowdale, Ont., a suburb of Toronto, in 1968. Drummer Neil Peart joined in 1974, replacing John Rutsey shortly before Rush's first U.S. tour.

• Geddy Lee was born Gary Lee Weinrib. However, his mother - a Holocaust survivor who immigrated to Canada - pronounced her son's name as Geddy, and it stuck.

• Rush's music is most often described as "progressive rock." In 2005 Entertainment Weekly magazine (noting that Lee "sings like a duck from planet Zerfnog") voted the band's 1981 album Moving Pictures second in a list of five essential prog-rock albums.  

• In 1975 Rush won a Juno Award as best new band. They have won six Junos in total, and in 1994 were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

• Lee is a devoted fan of the Toronto Blue Jays and can often be seen in his seat behind home plate during televised games.  

Medium: Television
Program: Midday
Broadcast Date: Feb. 26, 1997
Guest(s): Geddy Lee
Reporter: Brent Bambury
Duration: 6:20

Last updated: July 30, 2013

Page consulted on February 21, 2014

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