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Geddy Lee

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Geddy Lee
(30th Anniversary tour photo 2004)

Gary Lee Weinrib OC (b. July 29, 1953, Toronto, Ontario), Canadian musician, is best known as Geddy Lee, the vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the progressive rock group Rush. An award-winning musician, Lee's style and technique on the bass guitar have proven very influential in the rock and heavy metal genres, inspiring (by their own accounts) such players as Steve Harris of Iron Maiden, John Myung of Dream Theater, Les Claypool of Primus, Cliff Burton of Metallica, and countless others.

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Geddy Lee in concert with Rush.
Milan, Italy (September 21, 2004)
The son of Polish parents who were survivors of the Nazi concentration camps, the origin of Lee's stage name (and later legal name) "Geddy" was inspired by the heavily-accented pronunciation of his given first name "Gary" by his mother. His solo effort, My Favorite Headache, was released in 2000. In addition to his composing, arranging, and performing duties for Rush, Lee has produced albums for various other bands, including Rocket Science, and recorded a short rendition of "O Canada" with Lifeson included on the South Park soundtrack. Geddy Lee is also heard singing "Take Off" on the McKenzie Brothers (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas) comedy album of the early 1980s. (Bob & Doug McKenzie: Great White North

Released 1981, Anthem Records LP(ANR 1-1036) Features Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis) Geddy is also a devoted baseball fan who performed "O Canada" at the 1993 MLB All-Star game, and has taken batting practice with (the team that was, at the time, known as) the California Angels (circa 1992). He and his mother were recently (Aug., 2004) featured (http://www.cjnews.com/viewarticle.asp?id=4075) in the Canadian Jewish News.

Along with his colleagues Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart, Lee was made an Officer of the Order of Canada on May 9, 1996. The trio were the first rock musicians so honoured.

Awards

  • Bass Hall of Fame - Guitar Player Magazine
  • 6 time winner: "Best Rock Bass" - Guitar Player Magazine
  • 1993 - "Best Rock Bass Player" Bass Player readers' poll


Rush
Geddy Lee | Alex Lifeson | Neil Peart | John Rutsey
Original studio albums
Rush | Fly by Night | Caress of Steel | 2112 | A Farewell to Kings | Hemispheres | Permanent Waves | Moving Pictures | Signals | Grace Under Pressure | Power Windows | Hold Your Fire | Presto | Roll the Bones | Counterparts | Test for Echo | Vapor Trails
Other studio records
Not Fade Away | Feedback
Live albums
All The World's a Stage | Exit...Stage Left | A Show of Hands | Different Stages | Rush in Rio
Compilations
Archives | Chronicles | Retrospective I | Retrospective II | The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits 1974-1987
Side projects
Burning For Buddy | Burning For Buddy, Vol. 2 | Victor | My Favorite Headache

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