Wednesday, February 1, 2006
Guitar Player Magazine features Alex Lifeson on cover
The March 2006 issue of Guitar Player Magazine is on newstands now and features the mug of our favorite guitarist, Alex Lifeson, on the cover. The tagline as reported at Power Windows is progressive rock's transcendent guitarist riffs on 30 years of Rush, meeting Jimmy Page...and more.. Thanks to Counterparts member Sweetmiracle for providing a scan of the cover.
UPDATE - 2/2@9:10PM: Here's an excerpt provided by Counterparts member rattler2004 where Alex talks about meeting Jimmy Page:
I saw Led Zeppelin in Toronto in 1969 after waiting in line for 15 hours. We sat on the floor in front of Jimmy about three people back. I was so impressed. I wanted to look like him, and play like him, and be just like him. If there was any single person I ever wanted to meet, it was him, but I never thought I would have the opportunity.
Well, Geddy met Robert Plant in Morocco a few years ago, and Robert invited us to the Page/Plant show in Toronto. When we went backstage, Jimmy came into the room, and I started shaking. I was that excited. He was so sweet, and so charming, and engaging. It was incredible. I brought a copy of my record, Victor, and I built up the nerve to give it to him. I had written in it that he was such an inspiration, and that his influence was all over the record. I said, 'I hope you don't mind, but this is my solo record and I'd like you to have it.' He stood up and gave me a hug and thanked me. We walked down to the stage with them, and they had set up a couple of chairs for us by the [monitoring mixing] board. Jimmy kept looking over and smiling at me when he would play these great signature parts. He played so well. Just incredible. I was like a kid. I can picture the dressing room, with Robert sitting across from me, and Jimmy sitting to my left asking me questions. I can take myself right back there, and he's a hero! He was everything I hoped he would be. I'll never ever forget that