By: Amber Harvey
This April, Rush singer and bassist Geddy Lee reached a landmark career achievement when his band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and today, the iconic rocker turns 60!
Much as it was when the Canadian rock-trio formed almost 40 years ago, Rush has been a polarizing group for their ultra-complex sound and epic, sci-fi lyrics, though few Rock and Roll fans could deny the trio's amazing talent and musicianship.
However, despite selling millions of records to an allegiant fan base and packing arenas worldwide, Rush has often felt the snub of music critics.
That is, until this year, when the band--or at least its fans--found vindication for their longtime neglect with an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, something that Lee told Rolling Stone he “never thought much about it, to be frank. But I appreciated how much it meant to our fan base.”
“Something happens when you become an elder rock & roller and you're still functioning,” he continued in the rock mag. “People start to give you awards and recognize achievements . . . You spend most of your life working and trying to hone your craft, working on your chops, working on your writing and you don't really think about accolades. Then you get a bit older and they start coming your way. It's a nice pat on the back. It's been cool.”
What is even cooler for Rush fans is the fact that the “Tom Sawyer” and “2112” rockers are still fervently touring with the formula from the height of their careers untouched: Lee on vocals, Alex Lifeson on guitar, and Neil Peart on drums.
In the coming weeks, the band will be wrapping up their Clockwork Angels Tour in support of their 2012 album by the same name. After they finish up in Kansas City, Lee told Rolling Stone, “we'll see what's left and how much gas we have in the tank” before considering a 40th anniversary tour.
For more info on the band, check out their website, and please share birthday wishes Rush’s iconic singer, bassist and keyboardist, Geddy Lee, in the comments section below!