Rush is a Band

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

Thu, Jun 8, 2023

Video of Alex Lifeson performing with Big Sugar in Toronto last night

Sat, Nov 25, 2017@9:40AM | comments

UPDATE - 2/1@7:56PM: Here's a great photo gallery from the show including several live and backstage shots of Al with the band.

Canadian rock band Big Sugar performed at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto last night. Rush's Alex Lifeson sat in with the band for a couple of songs including the Big Sugar classic Ride Like Hell and a cover of Led Zeppelin's Good Times Bad Times. Rush fan Steve N shot some video of both performances and posted them to Facebook as seen below. Alex Lifeson has been friends with Big Sugar's Gordie Johnson since the 1990s and once gave Johnson one of his double neck guitars as Johnson described in a Telegram interview back in 2011:

... "I didn't have to sign a single paper. He'd just met me, but he already knew about Big Sugar. And essentially he walked up to a stranger and handed it to me," Johnson said of the guitar he used to record "Fairwell to Kings," and play in the video for "Digging a Hole," its ivory white double necks jutting out like the tusks of a mastodon with every piercing note.

"I got really paranoid at one point that it would get stolen, so I gave it back to him. ... By the time we started making (the 1998 Album) "Heated," I kinda got to thinkin 'this belongs in the Rock Hall of Fame, not under my bed in Little Italy in Toronto." ...