“I prefer to think of myself as a musician who is still learning and trying to do something every time out.”
In their nearly 50 incomparable years of existence, from their remarkable evolution as metal blues men (almost) to experimental progressive syth-rockers, to their current status as Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers and distinguished elder statesmen – Rush is a genre unto its own – as is bassist / singer / keyboardist / composer Gary Lee Weinrib. Geddy has mastered just about every bass tone imaginable and created a few of his own with Rickenbacker, Wal, Steinberger, and his trusty array of Fender Jazz basses.
Though he has influenced scores of players known for their chops and flash– I will not indict them here – Geddy never permits his remarkable dexterity to take favor over melody or songwriting – which is why Rush has filled stadiums and inspired musicians for as long as I can remember. Geddy’s instantly recognizable motifs on Rush’s FM radio staples are eternal – you don’t have to be a fan to get hooked on Mr. Lee. My favorite Geddy moment on record is “Leave That Thing Alone” wherein Geddy quotes metal, jazz, progressive, blues, and funk within the span of 5:00. That composition alone, and I am sure there are many, many, many more – is a testimony to Lee’s expansive knowledge and reverence of the instrument that is the electric bass and its role in every genre conceivable.
My choice live Geddy moment is from the 2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame All-Star Jam wherein Mr. Lee grooves mightily with Public Enemy, Chris Cornell, Dave Grohl, John Fogerty, Gary Clark Jr. Tom Morello, and Heart.