Monday, October 14, 2013

Geddy Lee

Geddy Lee (born 1953) is a Canadian bass player, vocalist and keyboardist who has been with the rock group Rush since the 1960s. In addition to playing with Rush, Geddy Lee has played on and produced albums for other artists.

Lee has worked with Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas on the McKenzie Brothers' comedy album Great White North. In 1985 he produced the album We Are The World, and recorded guest vocals for the song "Tears Are Not Enough".

Lee's band, Rush (Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart), were made Officers of the Order of Canada in 1996. This was the first time a rock band was honored in this way.

In the early part of his career Geddy Lee played a Fender P-bass

Later he changed to a Rickenbacher 4001 and then a custom-made double neck with a Rickenbacher bass and a 12-string guitar. In the 1980s he switched to a Fender Jazz bass and then a Steinberger headless bass. In the 90s, for the Counterpart album, he switched back to the Jazz bass. In 1998 Fender released the Geddy Lee Jazz Bass which was a re-creation of Lee's favorite bass, a 1972 Jazz that he found in a pawn shop in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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