Geddy Lee on beer, Rush 2.0 and his friendship with Alex Lifeson

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This interview was conducted on the occasion of the 300th issue of Classic Rock magazine, which was launched in 1998. The anniversary issue is available to purchase online.and also features interviews with Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons, Def Leppard, Alice Cooper, Rick Nielsen, Slash and many more.

Remarkable for looking forward, not back, Geddy Lee has gone through something of an exercise in introspection in recent years. Since Rush retired in 2015, his former singer and bassist has kept busy, first with his acclaimed Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Bass Bookand then write his memoir which is expected in the spring of 2023.

There’s also the matter of his old band’s new beer and the ongoing reissue campaign of his back catalogue. In 1998, however, as Classic rock was brought screaming into the world, Rush was in a very different place and about to become a completely different band.


In 1998, after the death of the daughter of Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart the previous year, many people thought that Rush was over as a band..

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