Rush: This Is Geddy Lee Today

Check out Geddy Lee of Rush today!
July 29, 2020 - 17:10 / Cynthia Springer

Geddy Lee is one of the most legendary rock musicians of our time! He's not just the lead vocalist for the Canadian band Rush, but also the incredible bassist and keyboardist! Check out what rocker Geddy Lee is up to today! 

Born on July 29, 1953, Geddy Lee was first introduced to the band Rush when his childhood friend and fellow bandmate, Alex Lifeson, asked him to replace original frontman Jeff Jones in 1968. Little did he know, he'd become one of the most celebrated musicians of this day and age...

Geddy Lee: The beginnings

Geddy began playing music when he was around 10 or 11, inspired by his musically-talented father who had passed when Geddy was just an adolescent. As Geddy entered high school, he dropped out in order to play professionally. 

Lee was influenced by British progressive rock growing up, including some of the most renowned artists like Jack Bruce of Cream and John Entwistle of The Who.

Geddy Lee speaks at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction, 2017

Geddy Lee's popularity with Rush

Throughout the 1970s and '80s, Rush put out some of the most popular albums at the time, including: 

  • 2112 (1976)
  • A Farewell to Kings (1977)
  • Hemispheres (1978)
  • Permanent Waves (1980)
  • Moving Pictures (1981)
  • Grace Under Pressure (1984)
  • Hold Your Fire (1987)

Overall, Rush has released 24 gold records and 14 platinum records! To this day, rockers like Cliff Burton of Metallica and Steve Harris of Iron Maiden have credited their music style to Lee. 

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Geddy Lee today

Today, Lee is still rockin' and rollin'. Just last year, Rush released their music film, RUSH: Cinema Strangiato 2019, which includes live performances from the famed band described as "an annual exercise in fan indulgence."

The last time he performed was during the Canadian COVID-19 TV specialStronger Together, Tous Ensemble. 

Geddy Lee at his book signing in London, 2019

Lee also published his first-ever book, Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass (2018), which consists of interviews from other famed bass players and highlights of his 250-piece bass collection. 

As a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Lee's legacy will forever continue! We're sure once things settle down a bit with the pandemic, we'll be seeing more of him on stage!