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Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson talk Rock Hall induction in new USA Today article

Wed, Apr 17, 2013@9:49AM | comments removed/disabled

USA Today published an article yesterday on Rush's upcoming Rock Hall induction where they speak with both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, along with Taylor Hawkins, Rolling Stone associate editor Andy Greene, and Rock Hall assistant curator Meredith Rutledge-Borger. Geddy Lee is relieved for the fans:

... I also hope this means other great bands like Yes will follow suit," says Lee. "Deep Purple was on the ballot this year, and I was hoping they'd get in with us. We wouldn't be the band we are without Deep Purple's existence." ...

And Alex added this bit:

... Lifeson says he hopes Rush's inclusion "opens the doors for bands like the Moody Blues and King Crimson, who had a huge influence. It's a bit ironic, really. Rock music was born in rebellion, so it's odd to have (a Hall of Fame) where there seem to be guidelines for who's acceptable and who's not." ...

Taylor Hawkins along with his Foo Fighters bandmate Dave Grohl will be inducting Rush at tomorrow night's ceremony and had the following to say:

... "There were five or so bands that shaped the way I play music, but the way Neil played those drums, I don't know what to say," says Hawkins. "He has the hands of God. The way he can roll from those 6-inch toms to the 18-inch toms, no one can do that. Then you add in those amazing melodies and those '70s lyrics that were so Dungeons & Dragons and you have an incredible combination." ...

You can read the entire article/interview online at this location (thanks Eric at Power Windows). The induction ceremony will take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles tomorrow, April 18th with a truncated, 2-hour version being broadcast on HBO in the US and Canada on May 18th. The show is sold out but plenty of tickets are still available on a number of broker websites, and VIP ticket packages are also available (see for details).

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