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Geddy Lee

Biography

Few hard rock and roll bassists have already been as important as Rush’s Geddy Lee. Given birth to Gary Weinrib on July 29, 1953, in Toronto, his parents migrated from European countries to Canada and got his nickname “Geddy” from when his mom would make an effort to pronounce “Gary” in her highlight. Taking on bass as an adolescent and affected by famous brands the Who’s John Entwistle, Cream’s Jack port Bruce, and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, Lee installed with guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer John Rutsey to create the very difficult rocking trio Hurry (Lee would also serve because the band’s business lead vocalist). Even though band would ultimately find achievement and fortune like a intensifying hard rock-band, early on these were extremely derivative of blues rock and roll/Led Zeppelin, as their self-titled 1974 debut demonstrated. However when Neal Peart changed Rutsey twelve months later on, the band’s sound and musical path immediately changed. Eliminated were the lengthy Zep-jams and in arrived technically challenging and demanding hard rock, filled with thought-provoking lyrics (thanks to Peart) — although Lee’s high-pitched, Robert Plant-esque wail continued to be. After honing their audio on several albums, the trio strike pay out dirt with relentless touring and their 1976 sci-fi idea recording, 2112. Each successive launch outsold it’s forerunner (such prog metallic classics like a Farewell to Kings, Hemispheres, Long term Waves), and by 1981’s Shifting Pictures, Rush experienced become one of the primary rock bands on earth. Through the entire ’80s, Hurry explored newer (almost fresh wave-ish) sounds, however their massive group of fans continued to be in tact — with Lee’s vocals getting more restrained. Hurry cruised along through the entire ’90s (time for their previously, organic hard rock and roll audio with such produces as 1993’s Counterparts), issuing effective albums and playing sold-out area tours worldwide, before band continued indefinite hiatus in 1997. To fight the downtime, Lee released his initial ever solo record in 2000, THE BEST Headache (who was simply joined up with by ex-Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron and ex-FM guitarist/violinist Ben Mink). Lee’s impact on rock and roll bass could be heard within the playing of such wide-ranging disciples as Primus’ Les Claypool, Wish Theater’s John Myung, and Metallica’s Cliff Burton.

Quick Facts


Full Name Geddy Lee
Date Of Birth July 29, 1953
Height 1.78 m
Profession Bassist, Singer, Music Producer, Songwriter, Keyboard Player, Film Score Composer
Education Willowdale Junior High School
Nationality Canadian
Spouse Nancy Young
Children Kyla Avril Lee, Julian Lee
Parents Mary Weinrib, Morris Weinrib
Siblings Allan Weinrib
Music Groups Rush, Big Dirty Band
Music Songs Tom Sawyer, Limelight, Closer To The Heart, Time Stand Still, Subdivisions, Fly by Night, La Villa Strangiato, 2112, Xanadu, Working Man, The Trees, Red Barchetta, The Spirit of Radio, YYZ, Distant Early Warning, Mystic Rhythms, A Passage To Bangkok, Free Will, The Big Money, Red Sector A [Live], Vital Signs, Intro, By-Tor & The Snow Dog, Marathon, Entre Nous, Crossroads, Ghost Of A Chance, A Farewell To Kings, Far Cry, Countdown, The Camera Eye, The Enemy Within
Albums Presto, My Favourite Headache, Rush, 2112, Moving Pictures, Clockwork Angels, Fly by Night, Hold Your Fire, Power Windows, Permanent Waves, Grace Under Pressure, Exit...Stage Left, Roll the Bones, A Farewell to Kings, Caress of Steel, Rush in Rio, Test for Echo, Hemispheres, A Show of Hands, Snakes & Arrows, Signals, Working Men, Vapor Trails, Gold, My Headache (The Solo Interview)
Nominations Juno Award for Songwriter of the Year, Juno Jack Richardson Producer of the Year Award, Juno Award for Recording Package of the Year, Gemini Award for Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series
Movies Rush in Rio, Rush: Grace Under Pressure, Classic Albums: Rush: 2112 & Moving Pictures, Rush: A Show of Hands, Rush: Working Men, Rush: Time Stand Still


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#Fact
1 He and the other members of the band will reportedly be back in the recording studio in early 2006. [September 2005]
2 Inducted as a part of Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. [April 2013]
3 "Snake & Arrows Live" album is released. [April 2008]
4 "Contents Under Pressure: 30 Years of Rush at Home and Away" is released. It is an authorized biography of the band, written by Martin Popoff. [June 2004]
5 With Rush, released "Feedback", an EP containing 8 cover songs. This marks the first Rush release wherein the band performs songs other than their own. After "Feedback", Rush embarked on a highly successful Thirtieth Anniversary Tour ("R30" for short). On this tour, the band performed some of the cover songs live -- also a first for them. [June 2004]
6 Hot on the heels of their triumphant 2002 tour, 2003 DVD, and benefit performance for 450,000 at the 2003 SARS benefit, Rush has announced plans to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their current lineup with a celebratory tour. Planned shows include their first visits to Europe since 1992. [December 2003]
7 Performed with Rush for 450,000 people as part of the Toronto SARStock relief benefit, alongside major bands including AC/DC and The Rolling Stones. Rush was one of the few native Toronto bands to perform at this historic event to herald Toronto's graceful endurance of the SARS scare. [July 2003]
8 After their first leg of the tour in 2007, Rush started their 2nd leg which will last through the 22nd of July 2008 [April 2008]
9 In the recording studio working on Rush's new album to be released in early 2007. [November 2006]
10 Along with other Rush members Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart, Geddy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2013.
11 Starting in the mid-1990s, would choose to use a concert venue's "house" speakers rather then amplifier stacks, which created a vast empty space behind him. He would soon use that space to put kitchen appliances, clothes dryers, etc. for humorous purposes.
12 The son of Jewish refugees from Poland.
13 Ranked as the 96th Greatest Canadian who ever lived by voters of The Greatest Canadian (2004).
14 His distinctive voice was impersonated by Matt Maiellaro on an episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force (2000).
15 Missed their Grammy nomination for best rock instrumental in 2005 for their song from Rush in Rio "O Baterista" which lost to Brian Wilson's song "Smile".
16 His band, Rush, has been nominated for two Grammy awards. The band's first nomination came in 1982 for Best Rock Instrumental for "YYZ" from the album "Moving Pictures". The band was nominated again a decade later in the same category for "Where's my Thing?" from the 1991 album "Roll the Bones." "Leave That Thing Alone!" was nominated for the Best Rock Instrumental Performance Grammy in 1995 (their third nomination). "Malignant Narcissism" was nominated for the Best Rock Instrumental Performance Grammy in 2008 (their fifth nomination).
17 Attended school in the Toronto, Canada area with comedian Rick Moranis.
18 He is known to collect baseball memorabilia
19 Has a son Julian and a daughter Kyla Avril
20 On February 26, 1997, he and his bandmates Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson became the first rock musicians to be inducted into the prestigious position of Officers of the Order of Canada. This is the highest honor bestowed upon a civilian by the Canadian government. According to the Ottawa Sun, "The award was given as much for their community service as for their contribution to the arts. They have raised over $1 million for food banks and the United Way."
21 Lee's real name is Gary. His nickname is attributed to his mother who pronounced "Gary" with such a heavy Yiddish accent that it came out sounding like "Geddy." The name stuck and he has been known as Geddy ever since.
22 Is the bassist/keyboardist/vocalist of the Canadian rock trio, Rush.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Infiltrator 2016 writer: "Tom Sawyer"
Togetherness 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Scott Ian: Swearing Words in Glasgow 2014 writer: "Anthem"
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 TV Series music - 1 episode
The Bridge 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Comix Scrutinizer 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Independent Lens 2013 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
American Dad! 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Transporter: The Series TV Series 2 episodes, 2012 writer - 3 episodes, 2012
The Lords of Salem 2012 writer: "The Spirit of Radio"
That's My Boy 2012 writer: "Limelight"
Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey 2012 Documentary writer: "Tom Sawyer" - as Geddy Weinrib
Metal Evolution 2012 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Hunky Dory 2011 writer: "A Passage To Bangkok"
Goon 2011 writer: "Working Man"
Score: A Hockey Musical 2010 writer: "Time Stand Still"
Fringe 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rise Up: Canadian Pop Music in the 1980s 2009 TV Movie documentary writer: "Tom Sawyer"
Guitar Hero 5 2009 Video Game writer: "The Spirit of Radio Live, 2008"
This Beat Goes On: Canadian Pop Music in the 1970s 2009 TV Movie documentary music: "Closer to the Heart"
CHIKARA: King of Trios 2009 - Night II 2009 Video writer: "Fly by Night"
I Love You, Man 2009 writer: "Tom Sawyer", "Limelight", "Fly by Night"
Fanboys 2009 writer: "Limelight", "Tom Sawyer"
Adventureland 2009 writer: "Limelight"
Chuck 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Por Toda Minha Vida 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Adventures of Power 2008 writer: "Tom Sawyer"
Halloween 2007 writer: "Tom Sawyer"
The Sopranos 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
White Noise 2: The Light 2007 writer: "The Spirit of Radio" - as Lee
Rock Band 2007 Video Game writer: "Tom Sawyer"
Family Guy 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Trailer Park Boys: The Movie 2006 writer: "The Spirit of Radio"
Rush: R30 2005 Video documentary writer: "Tom Sawyer", "Working Man", "Finding My Way", "Bastille Day", "Anthem", "A Passage to Bangkok", "Cygnus X-1", "Hemispheres", "The Spirit of Radio", "Force Ten", "Animate", "Subdivisions", "Earthshine", "Red Barchetta", "Roll the Bones", "Dreamline", "Between the Wheels", "Mystic Rhythms"
Sonny 2002 writer: "Limelight"
The Simpsons 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Futurama 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Top Ten 2001 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Freaks and Geeks 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
High Fidelity 2000 writer: "Jacob's Ladder" - as Gary Weinrib
The Waterboy 1998 writer: "Tom Sawyer"
SLC Punk! 1998 writer: "The Trees" - as Lee
Whatever 1998 writer: "Tom Sawyer"
Beavis and Butt-Head 1994 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Future War 198X 1982 writer: "Witch Hunt" - uncredited
Top of the Pops 1980 TV Series writer - 1 episode

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Clockwork Angels 2018 music by announced
Darkstar: The Interactive Movie 2010 Video Game
Rush in Rio 2003 Video documentary
The Body Electric 1985 TV Movie as Lee

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rush: Exit... Stage Left 1981 Video executive producer

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town 2012 TV Movie Fred

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Body Electric 1985 TV Movie musician - as Rush

Sound Department

Sound Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rush: A Show of Hands 1989 Video sound producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entrepreneur 1997 Video Game special thanks - as Rush

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That Metal Show 2008 TV Series Himself - Guest
Rush: Snakes & Arrows - Live in Holland 2008 Video Himself - Vocals / Bass / Keyboards (as Rush)
The Colbert Report 2008 TV Series Himself
Bob & Doug McKenzie's Two-Four Anniversary 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Rock & Ringers 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Rush: R30 2005 Video documentary Himself - Vocals & Bass & Keyboards
Metal: A Headbanger's Journey 2005 Documentary Himself
Ringers: Lord of the Fans 2005 Documentary Himself
Monday Report 2004 TV Series Himself
The Boys in Brazil 2003 Video documentary Himself
Toronto Rocks 2003 TV Movie documentary Performer (as Rush)
Rush in Rio 2003 Video documentary Himself - Vocals & Bass & Keyboards
Top Ten 2001 TV Series documentary Himself - Interviewee
1996 MuchMusic Video Music Awards 1996 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Rush: Chronicles 1990 Video Himself
Rush: A Show of Hands 1989 Video Himself (bass guitar, synthesizers, vocals) (as Rush)
Tears Are Not Enough 1985 Documentary Himself
Rush: Grace Under Pressure Tour 1984 1985 Video Himself - Vocals / Keyboards / Synthesizers / ... (as Rush)
Rush: Exit... Stage Left 1981 Video Himself - Bass Guitar / Vocals / Synthesizers / ... (as Rush)
Dude! Where's My Music? Documentary post-production Himself
Rush: Time Stand Still 2016 Documentary Himself
Rush: R40 Live 2015 Video documentary Himself - Vocals & Bass & Keyboards
Chicago Fire 2015 TV Series Himself
Being Canadian 2015 Documentary Himself
Jaco 2015 Documentary Himself
Rock Icons 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour 2013 Video Himself - Vocals / Guitar / Synthesizers
The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2013 TV Special Himself - Honoree / Performer
Who the F**K Is Arthur Fogel 2013 Documentary Himself
Big Morning Buzz Live 2013 TV Series Himself
How I Met Your Mother 2013 TV Series Himself
Inner Rush 2012 Documentary short Himself
Metal Evolution 2011-2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Rush: Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland 2011 Documentary Himself - Vocals / Bass / Keyboards (as Rush)
Juno Awards 2011 2011 TV Special Himself
Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage 2010 Documentary Himself
Canada for Haiti 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Rise Up: Canadian Pop Music in the 1980s 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself - Rush
This Beat Goes On: Canadian Pop Music in the 1970s 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself - Rush
I Love You, Man 2009 Himself - Rush

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Monday Report 2005 TV Series

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#Quote
1 [on re-imagining an earlier composition] Once you start playing it, it's amazing how you can put yourself back into that mindset of how you felt when you wrote the song. You can reignite a point-of- view, and a good feeling about playing it, even though initially your instincts said: 'Oh, I can't play that song anymore - that's too dated'. But your can. You can go home again.

#Trademark
1 Use of kitchen appliances and other industrial items as "balance" to Alex Lifeson's stack of amps on stage in concerts.
2 Fender Signature model Jazz Bass
3 Long hair
4 Distinctive nose
5 His unusually high pitched vocals
6 His round sunglasses

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