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Monday, December 9, 2019

Five questions I wish I could ask Geddy Lee

Rush's bassist slash Can-rock icon is coming to town Saturday to sign (not sing) copies of his book at the Halifax Shopping Centre.

Posted By on Mon, Dec 9, 2019 at 2:05 PM

click to enlarge Canada's most famous soul-patch-wearer and bassist comes to the Halifax Shopping Centre on Dec 14. - RICHARD SIBBALD PHOTO
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  • Canada's most famous soul-patch-wearer and bassist comes to the Halifax Shopping Centre on Dec 14.
Geddy Lee—best known for making Canada cool in the 1970s as he melted faces in the prog-rock band Rush—spent most of 2019 *not* behind the bass but behind a desk, writing The Big Beautiful Book of Bass.  The hardcover Globe & Mail bestseller—which'll set you back $103.04 for a signed copy—is billed as a mix of lush photographs of Lee's extensive bass collection and interviews he conducted with other famous bassists, like Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin).

Finally, the most underrated instrument ever is getting its own coffee-table tome.

Lee recently announced Halifax will be on his book tour for the effort, signing copies IRL at Coles in the Halifax Shopping Centre this Saturday, Dec 14 at 4pm. Superfans, take note: tickets are only available online and cover cost of entry and a signed book. Here are the questions I'd wanna ask when it was my turn at the signature table:

1. What was it like finding a second wave of micro-fame through That '70s Show? Surely the amount that Eric and the crew referenced you, you shoulda gotten a guest appearance, IMO.

2. You famously say you became the bassist in Rush out of necessity, because your original bassist quit. Did this make bass playing feel like a chore, and if so, how'd you overcome that?

3. How did you write a book about famous bassists and not interview Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers?

4. Or Kim Gordon??

5. Which Rush song would you love to retire from the catalogue?

K thanks byeeee.

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