Rush is a Band

A blog devoted to RUSH:
Neil Peart, Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson

Thu, Nov 21, 2019

Geddy Lee Bass Guitar magazine cover feature now online

Sat, Jul 7, 2012@9:16AM | comments

Last week we learned that Geddy Lee is featured on the cover of the latest issue (July, 2012) of UK-based Bass Guitar magazine. The tagline reads Interviewed: Geddy Lee. "Your bass sound goes where you go!" The Rush legend digs deeper than ever before. John over at has transcribed the article and made it available online here. Geddy talks about Clockwork Angels with specific emphasis on his bass sound on the album.

... "What I'm doing at the start of a new record is to fine-tune this thing called my sound. I want to have it big and bold, but at the same time, I don't want to dominate the whole track. What helped us this time was that we made a conscious decision to limit the number of overdubs we were going to put on the album, to retain a bit more clarity. With [Rush's 2007 album] Snakes And Arrows, although we love the record and we love the songs on it, we felt that we overdid the overdubs and made the record a little dense. The sound that I have is the result of the experiments that we try out on the road. I experiment with my sound in what amounts to a live experiment room, namely the venues in which we play. We tour a whole bunch of different venues that are all fraught with their own audio issues. I aim for an on-stage sound that makes me feel like I'm filling the bottom end of the room, and yet I'm looking for the definition that sometimes it's hard to push through in an echo-y arena. So I take that sound that I've developed live, apply it to our writing, and see what suits the particular style of what we're writing. It's usually a matter of fine-tuning, which goes on in the earlier parts of the tour. It's not broad strokes; it's really a tweak here and there." ...