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Geddy Lee In Conversation spoken word book tour: State Theatre at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, OH

Sun, Nov 19, 2023@12:17PM | comments

UPDATE - 12/1@1:37PM: Donna Halper was recently interviewed by Bob Cesca and talks a good bit about her experience interviewing Geddy.

UPDATE - 11/21@12:40PM: Here's Donna Halper's blog post describing how she ended up as one of the guest interviewers.

UPDATE - 11/21@11:43AM: Here's some video of the entire show in 2 parts (thanks RushFanForever):

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UPDATE - 11/21@11:29AM: Here's a review from

UPDATE - 11/21@9:56AM: Here's the audience selfie from the Cleveland show. You can download all the full-size audience selfies yourself at

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UPDATE - 11/20@12:07PM: John at has put together this photo gallery from last night:

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UPDATE - 11/19@11:35PM: So... the Scene Magazine email stating that the guest interviewer would be a fellow Rock Hall inductee was patently wrong. But who cares!? We got even better - Donna Halper herself. Donna may not be a Rock Hall inductee, but she is a member of the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame. And music journalist Rob Tannenbaum did a great job interviewing Geddy in the first portion of the program. Donna then took over for the Fan Q&A.

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UPDATE - 11/19@6:01PM: Ready! Follow along on the RIAB socials: Instagram, TwitterX, and Facebook.

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UPDATE - 11/19@2:30PM: I'll be attending tonight's show, so it's unlikely that I'll be posting updates directly here during the show (I'll have plenty afterwards though). Instead I'll be posting to the RIAB social media channels, including our newly-minted Instagram account, TwitterX, and Facebook.

Geddy Lee's long-awaited memoir My Effin' Life was officially released earlier this week and Monday night Geddy kicked off his spoken word In Conversation book tour at the Beacon Theatre in New York City with guest speaker Paul Rudd. The tour then continued Wednesday night at The Met Philadelphia in Philly with guest interviewer duties shared by showrunner/producer Brian Koppelman and WMMR DJ Pierre Robert, then on to National Harbor, MD with Canadian actor Eric McCormack. Show #4 took place last night at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston, with Eric McCormack sharing interviewer duties with Boston journalist Geoff Edgers. Tonight the tour heads to Cleveland, OH at the State Theatre in Playhouse Square, where the special guest interviewer will be a fellow Rock Hall inductee according to an email sent out by Cleveland Scene magazine this past week:

Although many were speculating/hoping that it might be Alex Lifeson, he's at home recovering from surgery according to Geddy, so it's not him. So it has to be some other Rock Hall inductee who is also a big Rush fan, and who likely would have some tie to the Northeast Ohio area. Venture any guesses? Let us know in the comments. As soon as we know who the interviewer is, we'll post it here. All attendees will receive a copy of Ged's book, along with a 16 page color tour book upon entering the venue. Rush has set up an online form where attendees can submit questions for Geddy prior to the show at this link. For a complete rundown of the format and highlights from the first 4 shows, view the links below for RIAB's coverage of each night. After tonight's appearance, Geddy will head back to the Great White North for a couple of shows in Montreal and Vancouver, then onto a few shows on the US West Coast before heading back east to Denver, Chicago and Detroit, and wrapping up the North American leg on December 7th at Massey Hall in Toronto. He'll then cross the pond for the UK tour in Wolverhampton on Sunday, December 10th. You can get all the details and learn how to get tickets at (North America, UK).

Coverage of completed shows:
Mon Nov 13 - [Geddy Lee In Conversation spoken word book tour kicks off in New York City: live updates] (interviewer - Paul Rudd)
Wed Nov 15 - [Geddy Lee In Conversation spoken word book tour: The Met Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA] (interviewers - Brian Koppelman and Pierre Robert)
Fri Nov 17 - [Geddy Lee In Conversation spoken word book tour: The Theater at MGM National Harbor in National Harbor, MD] (interviewer - Eric McCormack)
Sat Nov 18 - [Geddy Lee In Conversation spoken word book tour: Orpheum Theatre in Boston, MA] (interviewers - Eric McCormack and Geoff Edgers)

Tickets for upcoming shows:
[Sun Nov 19 - Cleveland, OH - State Theatre at Playhouse Square]
[Tue Nov 21 - Montréal, QC - Théâtre Maisonneuve]
[Thu Nov 23 - Vancouver, BC - The Centre in Vancouver
[Fri Nov 24 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre]
[Sun Nov 26 - San Francisco, CA - The Masonic]
[Tue Nov 28 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre]
[Thu Nov 30 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre]
[Sun Dec 03 - Chicago, IL - Auditorium Theatre]
[Mon Dec 04 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit]
[Thu Dec 07 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall]