Lee wanted to kill Lifeson during Rush Rock Hall speech
Rush frontman Geddy Lee admits he wasn’t comfortable during Alex Lifeson’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame speech in April.
The guitarist spent nearly three minutes saying “blah blah blah” as he mimed his reaction to being told the Canadian three-piece had finally been chosen for induction.
But while the crowd loved it, bandmates Lee and Neil Peart were less pleased.
Lee tells Rolling Stone: “He didn’t tell us he was doing that – in fact, I know he had a whole other speech planned. Neil and I thought he had lost his marbles when he was talking.
“You can see the look on our faces behind him, going, ‘What the fuck is he doing?’ And of course, we couldn’t see him act it all out – we just kept hearing ‘blah blah blah.’
“He’s genuinely one of the funniest people you’d ever meet in your life. But I wanted to kill him at the three-minute mark. Neil and I were threatening to knock him on the head and drag him offstage.”
Lee believes the band’s acclaimed documentary Beyond The Lighted Stage went some way to convincing Rock Hall bosses to end their snub of his band.
“I think it showed what a vast and diverse audience we have, and the effect our music has had on young players,” says the bassist and vocalist. “One of the criteria of the Hall Of Fame is influence; I think it’s easy to see that in the film.”
Rush will release their Clockwork Angels Live DVD in November, and a seven-disc Studio Albums retrospective set appears on the same day. A remastered version of 2002 record Vapor Trails is launched on September 30.