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Geddy Lee on Rush's greatest songs in new interview with The Guardian

Mon, Dec 24, 2018@10:48AM | comments

The Guardian's Michael Hann recently sat down with Rush's Geddy Lee for a new interview where Geddy lists off Rush's greatest songs and talks a bit about each one. The interview was done as part of Geddy's media tour in support of last week's release of his Big Beautiful Book of Bass. His list contains the obvious ones like Tom Sawyer, 2112 and Working Man, but Geddy also includes a few surprises such as Grace to Grace from his one and only solo album My Favorite Headache:

Within 10 months between the summer of 1997 and summer 1998, Neil Peart lost his daughter (killed in a car accident) and his partner (to cancer). He retreated completely, and Lee assumed that was the end for Rush, and recorded a solo album. "After a couple of years I found solace in working and writing. I really did obsess over it and bury myself in it. Neil was so powerfully running away from all that pain that it was understandable to me if he didn't want to return to the things that reminded him of the life that had been stolen from him. I didn't think he would return, so this was a saviour for me." What Lee discovered, recording in Seattle with younger musicians including Matt Cameron of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, was that he and Rush were loved. "I wasn't used to that. All the local Seattle musicians of the time dropped by to say hi. They wanted to pay their respects, and I didn't realise that I was iconic to them and the music they'd grown up with. Having grown up with no real music scene and no interaction with other musicians, to suddenly be in the middle of a thriving musical community was very good for me. I enjoyed the hell out of that experience."

You can check out Geddy's entire list online at this location (thanks Dean S).