Geddy Lee 12/27/18

Former Rush frontman Geddy Lee admitted he “barely” made sense of the band’s concept album ideas, after decades of having sung lyrics by drummer Neil Peart. According to The Guardian, Lee said, “Barely. I grew up listening to Yes. I still can’t tell you what any of those records are about, honestly. I don’t think it matters, because the music and the lyrics create a sound, and that gives you a picture of a meaning. Sometimes that’s enough to make you love it.”

Lee also talked about the band’s split after their final tour in 2015. He said, “The first couple of months, we were emotionally hungover. We didn’t know where the future was going to take us so we didn’t talk a ton then. And then we started to communicate again.”

When asked if he’d been certain it was over following their last show, he replied, “Not 100 percent. Neil was pretty adamant it was, and he played it like it was going to be the final show. And that’s why he actually left the drum throne and came out and gave us a hug on stage, which he swore he would never do. I guess I was a bit of an optimist. But nope. I think Alex accepted it more as the end. I thought we really killed it that night, but it was hard to tell because it got really emotional in the last 20 minutes. That’s the first time I ever got choked up at a microphone. So I guess a part of me knew.”

He continued, “I miss playing with Rush. I don’t miss traveling with Rush. I miss being on stage with those guys because it was a singular honor to me. I’m sure I will play live again one day, but it will never replace that intensity of what a three-hour Rush show was like to perform: it challenged me to my max and that’s rare in this life.”


  • Geddy Lee recently released Big Beautiful Book Of Bass. The standard edition of the 408-page hardcover tome sells for $75 and showcases the bulk of Geddy’s personal collection of bass guitars. specially commissioned photography by Richard Sibbald.”
  • Interspersed in the book are interviews by such high profile players and technicians as John Paul Jones, Adam Clayton, Robert Trujillo, Jeff Tweedy, Bill Wyman, Les Claypool, along with Pete Townshend’s legendary guitar tech, Alan Rogan.