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Tue, Jul 23, 2024

Celebrating Gordon Lightfoot tribute concert featuring Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson now streaming

Mon, Jul 1, 2024@10:11AM | comments

A tribute concert celebrating the legacy of late Canadian music icon Gordon Lightfoot, who passed away last May, took place back in May at Massey Hall in Toronto and Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson made a surprise guest appearance:

... Lee and Lifeson, billed on the private performer rundown and setlist only as "L+L," were backed by Canadian Music Hall of Famers (and the evening's house band) Blue Rodeo on Lightfoot's song "The Way I Feel," complete with an acoustic guitar solo from Lifeson. ... "It was important for us to pay tribute to Gordon," Lee told Variety. "Not being folk or pop artists, Alex and I were looking for one of Gordon's songs that might better suit our style of play and we found that in 'The Way I Feel.' Its structure was loose and more open to interpretation than many of his more popular tunes." ... "After the gig, Gordon's daughter Meredith [Moon] said to us, 'Leave it to Rush to make 'The Way I Feel' sound prog,' so I think we succeeded," Lee added. Lee and Lifeson also came out for the ensemble finale, "Summerside of Life," featuring all of the evening's performers ...

The concert was recorded for a future CBC special which is now available for streaming in celebration of Canada Day. Celebrating Gordon Lightfoot is currently available to stream as of 9AM EST this morning on CBC Gem and CBC Music's YouTube channel, and it will broadcast later today at 12PM on CBC Radio One and 4PM on CBC Music and CBC Listen. You can get all the details in the press release, and watch the special below or on YouTube with Geddy and Alex coming in around the 1:12:24 mark (thanks RushFanForever).