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Geddy Lee (born Gary Lee Weinrib - July 29, 1953) is a Canadian musician and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush. Lee joined Rush in September 1968, at the request of his childhood friend and guitarist Alex Lifeson.

An award-winning musician, Lee’s style, technique, and skill on the bass guitar have inspired many rock musicians. In addition to his composing, arranging, and performing duties for Rush, Lee has released a solo record, My Favourite Headache, in 2000.

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. The band also received the highest artistic honor in Canada by the Governor General in 2012, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. He was also given an honorary doctorate of Music in 2014 by Nipissing University. Lee supports many causes through personal and band donations. He is known as an avid baseball fan and wine connoisseur. Lee has been married to Nancy Young for over 35 years and they have 2 children.

Alex Lifeson (born Aleksandar Živojinović - August 27, 1953) is a Canadian musician, best known as the guitarist of the Canadian rock band Rush. In the summer of 1968, Lifeson co-founded the band that would become Rush with former drummer John Rutsey.

In early 1971, Lifeson made his film debut as himself under his birth name in the Canadian documentary film Come on Children by Allan King. The film enjoyed a resurgence when decades later a clip was featured in the documentary Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage, that featured Alex having a teenage argument with his parents on the merits of leaving high school to pursue his dream to play guitar as a career.

For Rush, Lifeson plays electric and acoustic guitars as well as other stringed instruments such as mandola, mandolin, and bouzouki. He also performs backing vocals in live performances, and occasionally plays keyboards and bass pedal synthesizers. Instrumentally, Lifeson is regarded as a guitarist whose strengths and notability rely primarily on signature riffing, electronic effects and processing, unorthodox chord structures, and a copious arsenal of equipment used over the years that has befitted him the title by his bandmates as "The Musical Scientist".

The bulk of Lifeson’s work in music has been with Rush, although he has contributed to a body of work outside of the band as a guitarist and producer. In addition to music, Lifeson is a painter, an avid golfer, a licensed aircraft pilot, and part-owner of The Orbit Room (a bar and restaurant located in Toronto, Canada). He is also known for his comedic virtues, which have been highlighted in various cameo film roles over the years including one in the Canadian-cult mockumentary series The Trailer Park Boys. Along with his bandmates Geddy Lee and Neil Peart, Lifeson was made an Officer of the Order of Canada on May 9, 1996 and the highest artistic honour by receiving the Governor General’s Award in 2012. Lifeson ranks third in the Guitar World Readers poll of 100 greatest guitarists and is also included in Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

In addition to charities supported by the band, Lifeson continues to give back to charities and causes close to his heart which have included Casey House, The Kidney Foundation as well as the Domenic Troiano foundation that funds guitar scholarships. Lifeson has been married to his highschool sweetheart Charlene for 40 years and has 2 sons and 2 grandsons.

Neil Peart was born September 12, 1952, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and first lived on the family dairy farm, near Hagersville. After the family moved to nearby St. Catharines, Neil began drum lessons at age thirteen, studying with local teacher Don George, then played in a succession of rock bands. Early influences were Gene Krupa, Keith Moon, Mitch Mitchell, Ginger Baker, Michael Giles, John Bonham, and Michael Shrieve. At eighteen, he moved to London, England, a time about which he has said: “I was seeking fame and fortune, and found anonymity and poverty. But I learned a lot about life."

Returning to Canada in 1972, Neil began working at his father’s farm equipment dealership, playing part-time in local bands. His influences then included Phil Collins, Bill Bruford, and Billy Cobham. In July, 1974, he auditioned for an unknown Toronto band, and joined Rush on the eve of their first American release and tour.

Neil appeared on Rush’s second album, Fly By Night, in 1975, contributing most of the lyrics–as he would throughout their career. It was Rush’s fourth album, 2112, released in 1976, that brought the band their first measure of success. They gradually built on that modest popularity with A Farewell to Kings, Hemispheres, and Permanent Waves, then cemented their classic rock status with the enduring favorite, Moving Pictures, in 1981. Along the way, Rush earned a reputation for their elaborate live shows and became a perennially popular touring band. Over the years their shows have elevated steadily in both production and musical values.

Neil has long been celebrated by other drummers in polls and cited influences, and continues to win numerous awards from the drum magazines, for his recorded work, live performance, and overall musicianship. The drum solos he performs during the Rush tours have become legendary.

In 1994 he produced a tribute album to Buddy Rich and big-band jazz, Burning For Buddy: A Tribute to the Music of Buddy Rich, in two volumes, featuring many of the most prominent drummers of the day.

In 1997, tragedy struck when Peart’s daughter Selena was killed in a car accident, and his wife Jacqueline died from cancer just 10 months later. The band took a nearly four year hiatus while Peart healed by traveling some 55,000 miles across North and Central America on his motorcycle by himself. He chronicled his cathartic journey in his 2002 book, “Ghost Rider: Travels of the Healing Road.” Peart remarried in 2000 to photographer, Carrie Nuttall and the band resumed recording and touring the following year. Never resting on his laurels, Neil has also continued to study formally, with Freddie Gruber since the mid-’90s, and with Peter Erskine in 2008. A year later, thier daughter Olivia Louise Peart was born in 2009.

Neil has released two instructional DVDs, A Work in Progress (1996) on the subject of composing drum parts and recording them, and Anatomy of a Drum Solo (2005), on the title subject. In 2011, Hudson Music released Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance, on the subject of drumming in front of audiences–for 43 years (and counting).

Neil has also published six books: Far and Near: On Days Like These (2014), Far and Away: A Prize Every Time (2011), The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa (1996), Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road (2002), Traveling Music: The Soundtrack to My Life and Times (2004), and Roadshow: Landscape With Drums, A Concert Tour by Motorcycle (2006).

Januaray 7th, 2020 is a day I will never forget. The day my drum hero passed away after a incredibly brave three and a half year battle with brain cancer. I cried all day and still do sometimes when I think about how much of an influence he was on me and still is to so many people.

Neil Peart 1952 - 2020

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