A Geddy moment....

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Monkey, Aug 23, 2001.

  1. Monkey

    Monkey Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Ohio, USA
    I had a very cool Geddy Lee moment the other day I just wanted to share. I haven't followed Rush since the early 80's, but he was a huge influence on my playing before that. I was out fishing the other day, and an incredible Midwestern thunderstorm was rolling in just as the sun was starting to set. As the wind came up, I jumped in my car and drove toward home. I turned on the radio and "Free Will" was playing. The song was just coming to the solo bass interlude (before the guitar solo), and the combination of Geddy's incredible tone and muscular attack combined with the rolling, boiling, black clouds and wind was truly amazing. It was the time right before a big thunderstorm hits when the wind is roaring and the lightning is starting to strike, but the rain hasn't started yet. Geddy's tone and style perfectly matched the surroundings, and was truly inspiring. I got home and plugged in the bass and had a wonderful time.

    Just wanted to share a cool moment......
  2. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    sounds good, man.

    it amazes me that, after 20 years of being a pretty rabid fan (shoot, geddy lee is the biggest reason why i started to play bass) i still get psyched and a good dose of mr. happy buzz whenever i hear any rush on the radio. i still listen to their albums all the time, they've been such an inspiration to me.
  3. pmkelly


    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    that is a great story... nothing is better than when a song can transcend the medium and equipment and become part of your life... I love that stuff!!!!!! That is the power and energy of music I can't stay away from!!!!! I've got goosebumps!!!!!!

    Sorry, I'm all better now

  4. Monkey

    Monkey Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Ohio, USA
    I hear you, pmkelly. I saw Rush live four times in '78 and '79 (around the time of "Hemispheres", I think), and talk about goosebumps! Wo, I must have looked like I had a bad case of smallpox... The tone of his Ric (I will always think of Geddy as a Ric player...I'm old!) just knocked me out, and became a defining sound of that time in my life. Because of Geddy and Chris Squire, I worked my butt off in a grocery store after school to save up for a brand new Ric.

    Goosebumps rule!!! :D
  5. seamus

    seamus Guest

    Feb 8, 2001
    I stopped by a friend's house tonight on the way home and he just got two new 12's in the trunk + a killer amp to boot. He brings me outside to check it out, and what does he play?

    YYZ...in it's full glory balls to the wall LOUD, oh man that song is tight! The cracks in the middle during the solo were ear shattering, but it sounded so good.

    I agree with John, even after all these years, I still always have some Rush in the rotation. The guy has killer licks and a sound to match, to this day it makes me want to play. The whole band does.