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Geddy Lee on his Big Beautiful Book of Bass in new Toronto Sun interview

Tue, May 21, 2019@2:59PM | comments

UPDATE - 5/23@4:03PM: Here's some coverage from CTV including a short video interview with Geddy:

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UPDATE - 5/23@9:53AM: Geddy also did a short interview with Postmedia via phone previewing the Calgary signing which you can read online here (thanks RushFanForever):

... "Whenever a bass comes into the house, I have to check it out and I have to play it," he says. "I go down to the studio and I play them and I put ideas down on tape that I look at as saving for a rainy day. When that rainy day comes, I'll start reviewing all those ideas I put down and see if there is something that thrills me enough or stands up to the test of time to actually follow through and do a project with it."

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Geddy Lee has been hitting the interview circuit in the lead up to his Big Beautiful Book of Bass Canadian signing tour which kicks off tomorrow at Bolen Books in Victoria, BC. Earlier this week Geddy sat down with the Times-Colonist for an interview, and today the Toronto Sun published another new interview where Geddy talks with Jane Stevenson about the book, the signing tour, and his future plans with regards to music and Rush:

... I try to go down at least once or twice a week to my (home) studio and get to know these instruments a bit more and put some ideas down, but I don't know what will come of them, if anything. Time will tell. They're going to keep me busy (with the book tour in other parts of the world) until next Christmas and then I'll be free as bird and probably next spring I'll start looking at some serious musical ideas ... I miss those three hours on stage with my buddies. That, especially in the last 10 years of touring, was so much fun and so gratifying. ... Alex is turning into this super session guy. He loves playing on other people's records without the responsibilities of having to write anything other than his solo. I know he's really digging that. I've been doing this project, but we talk, quite a lot. We see each other quite a lot. And we visit with Neil quite often. So we're all close but I don't think we would ever do a project - the three of us. It's certainly possible that Alex and I would do something down the road. I can't see the three of us ever really doing anything. ...

Geddy's Victoria book signing will be the first of several such events over the next few weeks. Geddy will be visiting ten different locations all across Canada from tomorrow, May 22nd through June 4th. The tour will also include stops in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto, Oakville, Montreal and one special stop in Calgary on Saturday, May 25th where he will open Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Bass Exhibition at Studio Bell at The National Music Centre (NMC), highlighting a selection of his rare and iconic bass guitars - a larger collection than what was featured at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland earlier this year (photo here). You can get all the details and purchase tickets for the various events here.

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[Rush Fan Day at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland: open thread and live updates]
[Rush Day at the Rock Hall in Cleveland January 19th including a Geddy Lee book signing and interview event featuring Alex Lifeson]
[Geddy Lee book signing at IndigoSpirit in Toronto December 17th, tickets on sale TOMORROW morning at 10AM]
[Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass signing event at Bookend Books in New Jersey next month]