Geddy with Yes at Rock ‘n Roll HOF

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Jun 13, 2020.

  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis

    This is such a cool video because imagine being a star as big as Geddy Lee and you get to be fanboy in front of the world!
  2. Vinny_G


    Dec 1, 2011
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  3. You would think a video like this would put to rest the notion that you have to play with a pick on a ric to get that song right, or indeed the notion that you have to ape whatever was originally done to get any song right. But nope, that is an argument that will never, ever die.
  4. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    I'm surprised he didn't use his Ric.
    I just watched this last week...and the speeches. I had heard about Rick Wakeman's speech. Since I can relate, it made me laff. I think I'll mention it to my urologist next week.
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  5. Ged says he tried several basses for this,including his Rickenbacker, and the Bass he used was the best sounding one for the job.
  6. It just takes an extraordinary bassist methinks.
    Listen to some of Troy Hughes Yes covers on youtube. Machine Messiah fingerstyle!!??
  7. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I am a big Geddy fan, but he is a major Fender endorser, I seriously doubt if he would have played anything other than a Jazz at such a high profile event. As for the tone, the Jazz certainly creates a high end as powerful a Rickenbacker, but Geddy’s sound has much more bottom than Squire had on the original recording.
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  8. Vinny_G


    Dec 1, 2011
    The fact that they use the same strings helps them a lot to sound similar, IMHO. It's not enough to play on a Rickenbacker to sound like Chris Squire, if it's equipped with ultra flexible flatwound strings.
  9. A note on the recorded version:

    "Squire played his bass guitar parts with an overdub that was one octave higher using Howe's Gibson ES-150 electric guitar miked acoustically and mixed with his bass track."
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  10. Some members of Yes were very angry at Wakeman's speech, thinking it was disrespectful to Squire. That's as maybe; I still laughed.

    I've also read that since it was the two factions of Yes performing together, rehearsals were somewhat strained.
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  11. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Geddy is a monster player, and it sounds like..... Geddy playing Roundabout with his fingers. Nothing wrong with that, but it sounds nothing like Squire either. It isn't possible to get a truly pick like sound out of your fingers, just a different set of physical realities at work, unless you play only with your fingernails, and really difficult to get that tone out out of anything but a Ric. Make no mistake, I'm a huge Geddy fan, but if you want to hear somebody nailing Squire's tone, it's this guy, not Geddy:

    Or this guy:
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  12. Isn't this kind of thing all of our dream?....,,,
  13. Vinny_G


    Dec 1, 2011
    Or these guys :):

  14. JW56789

    JW56789 Guest

    Feb 18, 2017
    It's all in the hands: Years ago in Texas, I had a friend who was an absolute monster at slap-style. He'd heard 'Roundabout', figured that tone was in his neighborhood, and one day he came in the store and started wailing a letter perfect (no funk edge to it, but totally authentic) reading of it, all thumbs and slap.

    My mind was blown, and it taught me quite a lesson.
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  15. john_g

    john_g Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Should tour with cool would that be? Wouldnt have to sing, well maybe some backups, and just play bass.
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  16. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
  17. That warmed my heart. Thank you Doc.
  18. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Yowsa! pretty cool.
  19. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Billy Sherwood did a good job of capturing what Squire did with Yes too.