Geddy Lee

Canadian musician Geddy Lee

Geddy Lee, OC, born Gary Lee Weinrib, is a Canadian musician, best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush. Lee joined what would become Rush in September 1968, at the request of his childhood friend Alex Lifeson, replacing original bassist and frontman Jeff Jones.
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Birthday
29 July 1953
home town
North York
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Review Of Rush's 'Time Stand Still': The End Of The Road
Huffington Post - over 1 year
I’m a writer, a professor, a husband, and a father. But before I was any of these things, I was a Rush fan. There aren’t many things in life that weather the changes of puberty, adulthood, being a parent, and having a career, but the music of Rush has remained with me for decades, and I still find their work intellectually nourishing even as I rock out. Seeing Rush live is an unforgettable experience and yet, sadly, it appears this has come to end. Their latest documentary, Time Stand Still, is both a goodbye and a thank you to their fans. I saw a special screening of it recently and I was surprised at how much it moved me. Here’s why. Only the Beatles and the Rolling Stones have sold more albums than Rush. Think about that for a moment. If I were write that sentence in the mid-1970s, when Rush was just beginning to take off, even they wouldn’t believe it could be true one day. It seems improbable that three guys from Toronto would write such influential music and yet remain marg...
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Talkin' Jaco with Metallica's Robert Trujillo, Chatting with Denise Donatelli, Plus the Nolatet, Svetlana & The Delancey Five and Rolla Olak Exclusives
Huffington Post - about 2 years
A Conversation with Robert Trujillo Mike Ragogna: Robert, was your first big musical inspiration Jaco Pastorius? Robert Trujillo: Yeah. I'm always pulling and really feeding off of my inspirations, I think most musicians do. But I try to incorporate a lot of that influence in what I do. So Jaco was definitely a huge inspiration back in 1979 when I saw him for the first time. It really did change my life and set me on an interesting creative path. Definitely. MR: When did you first see him perform live? RT: I saw him with Weather Report. I had started hearing about him in the late seventies and then in 1979 they came through town. They were playing at the Santa Monica civic auditorium, that was our local concert venue at the time. The great thing about Santa Monica civic auditorium was it was a place you could ride your bike to. In this case my dad dropped me and my friends off and we'd go see Ronnie James Dio or Jean-Luc Ponty or Weather Report or the Pretenders. There w...
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Adam Sandler Adds Jared Fogle To His Updated 'Chanukah Song'
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Adam Sandler has updated his beloved "Chanukah Song" for the fourth time -- to include lyrics on the disgraced former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Drake, Harry Potter, Seth Rogan and more.  Sandler sang "The Chanukah Song Part 4" at the "Judd Apatow and Friends" Carnegie Hall performance Nov. 14 and recorded a YouTube version at San Diego's Civic Theatre. He originally recorded the song in 1994, but made updates to it in 1999 and 2002.  Put on your yarmulke, it’s time for "The Chanukah Song Part 4!"  And if you'd like to sing along, here are the updated lyrics by way of Vulture:  Put on your yarmulke, here comes Chanukah So much fun-ukah to celebrate Chanukah Chanukkah is the Festival of Lights, Instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights. When you feel like the only kid in town without a Christmas tree, Here’s the fourth list of people who are Jewish, just like Jesus, Olaf, Punky Brewster, Scott Rudin, and me! Joseph G...
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Adam Sandler Adds Jared Fogle To His Updated 'Chanukah Song'
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Adam Sandler has updated his beloved "Chanukah Song" for the fourth time -- to include lyrics on the disgraced former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Drake, Harry Potter, Seth Rogan and more.  Sandler sang "The Chanukah Song Part 4" at the "Judd Apatow and Friends" Carnegie Hall performance Nov. 14 and recorded a YouTube version at San Diego's Civic Theatre. He originally recorded the song in 1994, but made updates to it in 1999 and 2002.  Put on your yarmulke, it’s time for "The Chanukah Song Part 4!"  And if you'd like to sing along, here are the updated lyrics by way of Vulture:  Put on your yarmulke, here comes Chanukah So much fun-ukah to celebrate Chanukah Chanukkah is the Festival of Lights, Instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights. When you feel like the only kid in town without a Christmas tree, Here’s the fourth list of people who are Jewish, just like Jesus, Olaf, Punky Brewster, Scott Rudin, and me! Joseph G...
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Adam Sandler Adds Jared Fogle To His Updated 'Chanukah Song'
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Adam Sandler has updated his beloved "Chanukah Song" for the fourth time -- to include lyrics on the disgraced former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Drake, Harry Potter, Seth Rogan and more.  Sandler sang "The Chanukah Song Part 4" at the "Judd Apatow and Friends" Carnegie Hall performance Nov. 14 and recorded a YouTube version at San Diego's Civic Theatre. He originally recorded the song in 1994, but made updates to it in 1999 and 2002.  Put on your yarmulke, it’s time for "The Chanukah Song Part 4!"  And if you'd like to sing along, here are the updated lyrics by way of Vulture:  Put on your yarmulke, here comes Chanukah So much fun-ukah to celebrate Chanukah Chanukkah is the Festival of Lights, Instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights. When you feel like the only kid in town without a Christmas tree, Here’s the fourth list of people who are Jewish, just like Jesus, Olaf, Punky Brewster, Scott Rudin, and me! Joseph G...
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Déjà Vu Can Happen to You
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Ever read something in a novel and feel you've read something similar in a novel by a different author? I'm not talking about plagiarism, but a variation on a scene or theme. After all, few literary works are so original that they don't at least occasionally echo other fictional offerings. I noticed this with three novels I read last month -- Paul Theroux's The Mosquito Coast, Jim Harrison's Revenge and Wole Soyinka's The Interpreters. The Mosquito Coast (1982), about a brilliant/abrasive/absurdly confident Massachusetts man who drags his family to live in the Central American jungle, made me think of how a Georgia man drags his family to Africa in Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible (1998). As in most "echo cases," the similarity is just that -- similar, not redundant. For instance, the nasty Nathan Price in Kingsolver's novel is a racist missionary, while Allie Fox in Theroux's book is an anti-American-consumerism guy who -- in his saner, less-cruel moments -- has a bit more...
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Rush Remix Their Polarizing Album 'Vapor Trails' - Premiere
Rolling Stone - over 4 years
Click to listen to Rush's Vapor Trails Remixed Rush fans were ecstatic when the group returned from a six-year hiatus with their 2002 LP Vapor Trails but some noticed that the record didn't quite sound right "We overcooked it" bassist/singer Geddy Lee tells Rolling Stone now "The mixes were really loud and brash...
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Debate Club
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
Mercury music writers tackle Rush's greatest achievements. by Aris Wales and Ned Lannamann WELCOME BACK to Debate Club, the printed equivalent of two music nerds fighting over a parking spot. For this installment, Mercury metal expert Aris Wales and Music Editor Ned Lannamann argued over Rush's greatest achievement. Wales selected the Canadian trio's sophomore album, 1975's stoned-out Fly by Night. Ned chose 1981's slick Moving Pictures. (What neither of these bozos realize is that Rush's best album is, in fact, 1976's 2112.) Rush performs this Sunday, July 28, at the Sleep Country Amphitheater; Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen will possibly be in attendance. • • • NED: So, why do you hate Moving Pictures? ARIS: I don't hate Moving Pictures. It's just a pop record more than their other stuff. NED: Wait, so does that make "Tom Sawyer" a pop song? ARIS: Maybe, and if so, it's a super-great pop song. It's the fucking air-drum so...
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Dave Astor: Orphans in Literature
Huffington Post - over 4 years
When recently rereading Uncle Tom's Cabin, it struck me that this heartbreaking novel about slavery was also about something slavery caused: the orphaning of children. Whether their parents were yanked away at auction or killed, many kids in the brutal antebellum South lost their moms and dads. A major orphan character in Harriet Beecher Stowe's powerful page-turner is Topsy, who was turned into a psychological mess by cruel owners until the love of the child Eva and, eventually, the love of parent figure Ophelia help transform her. Ophelia was partly based on Stowe herself, who died almost exactly 117 years ago on July 1, 1896. After reading Uncle Tom's Cabin -- whose brave, devout title character doesn't deserve the slur later associated with his name -- I thought about other orphans in literature, and why those characters can make novels so compelling. Their difficult starts in life draw our sympathy, and when they overcome obstacles via their own efforts and/or help...
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Rush's Geddy Lee: 'Strong Honesty' Links Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2013 Class
Rolling Stone - almost 5 years
The members of Rush are rethinking the idea that their overdue induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was more for their fans than for them "We've been saying for a long time for years that this isn't a big deal" said drummer Neil Peart "Turns out it...
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Rush frontman Geddy Lee thrilled by Rock Hall induction
Calgary Sun - almost 5 years
The only ones not outraged it's taken this long for Rush to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
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Geddy Lee Pitching At Blue Jays Home Opener
Huffington Post Sports - almost 5 years
Rush bassist and frontman Geddy Lee will throw the ceremonial first pitch when the Toronto Blue Jays play the Cleveland Indians in their home opener on Tuesday. The game marks the beginning of the Blue Jays' 37th regular season. Lee is a longtime baseball fan and Blue Jays season ticket holder. It'll be a good month for Lee, who, along with bandmates Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson, is getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 18.
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How I Met Your Mother: Robin Sparkles Returns & Goes Grunge!
Radar Online - about 5 years
How I Met Your Crazy Canadian Pop Star! The hit CBS show How I Met Your Mother returned Monday night with another funny glimpse into the character Robin’s early days as Canadian pop star Robin Sparkles with a “never-before-seen” video she made back when she was a famous singer and RadarOnline.com has the hilarious video clip, documenting Sparkles’ plunge into an edgy grunge singer. PHOTOS: Hollywood’s Power Couples “It’s Robin Sparkles 4, y’all,” Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) gleefully says about Cobie Smulders’ character, and the faux Behind the Music video showcased cameos from Canada’s biggest stars talking about the young Robin Sparkles and the day she went nuts. From Jason Priestley to Alex Trebek and rock great Geddy Lee from Rush, the all-star Canadian video shows Robin Sparkles’ decline from Pop Princess into a darker brooding singer. PHOTOS:  Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka Take Their Twins To The Park She had penned a song called P.S., I Love You about an o...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Geddy Lee
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 62
    In 2016, Lee plans to produce an independent film about baseball in Italy.
  • 2015
    Age 61
    In 2015, Fender released a revised USA model of his signature bass.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2013
    Age 59
    He collects baseball memorabilia, once donating part of his collection to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and threw the ceremonial first pitch to inaugurate the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays season.
    In 2013, Lee made a brief cameo appearance as himself in the How I Met Your Mother season eight episode "P.S. I Love You".
  • 2012
    Age 58
    During the 2012-2013 Clockwork Angels Tour, Lee used a different steampunk device called a "Geddison" as a backdrop.
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  • 2010
    Age 56
    The Snakes & Arrows Tour prominently featured three Henhouse brand rotisserie chicken ovens on stage complete with an attendant in a chef's hat and apron to "tend" the chickens during shows. For the 2010–2011 Time Machine Tour, Lee's side of the stage featured a steampunk-inspired combination Time Machine and Sausage Maker, with an attendant occasionally throwing material into its feed hopper during the show.
  • FORTIES
  • 2002
    Age 48
    For the 2002 Vapor Trails tour, Lee lined his side of the stage with three coin-operated Maytag dryers.
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    For live shows in 2002 and 2004, Lee and his keyboard technician used the playback capabilities of the XV-5080 to generate virtually all of Rush's keyboard sounds to date, as well as additional complex sound passages that previously required several machines at once to produce.
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  • 1999
    Age 45
    Lee also plays bass on Canadian rock band I Mother Earth's track "Good For Sule", which is featured on the group's 1999 album Blue Green Orange.
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    Another version of "O Canada," with a rock arrangement, was recorded by Lee and Lifeson for the soundtrack of the 1999 film South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut.
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  • 1996
    Age 42
    Along with his Rush bandmates – guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart – Lee was made an Officer of the Order of Canada on May 9, 1996.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1993
    Age 39
    Lee sang "O Canada," the Canadian national anthem, at Baltimore's Camden Yards for the 1993 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
  • 1985
    Age 31
    On the 1985 album We Are the World, by humanitarian consortium USA for Africa, Lee recorded guest vocals for the song "Tears Are Not Enough".
  • TWENTIES
  • 1982
    Age 28
    In 1982, Lee produced the first (and only) album from Toronto new wave band Boys Brigade.
  • 1981
    Age 27
    In 1981, Lee was the featured guest for the hit song "Take Off" and its included comedic commentary with Bob and Doug McKenzie (played by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, respectively) for the McKenzie Brothers' comedy album Great White North.
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    In 1981, he won Keyboard magazine's poll as "Best New Talent."
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  • 1977
    Age 23
    The group's distinctiveness was enhanced when Lee began adding synthesizers in 1977, with the release of A Farewell to Kings.
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  • 1976
    Age 22
    Lee married Nancy Young in 1976.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1953
    Born
    Lee was born on July 29, 1953 in Willowdale, (North York) Toronto, Ontario, Canada to Morris and Mary Weinrib (née Manya Rubenstein).
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