Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Rush to receive Classic Rock's Living Legend award

Rush: still living in the limelight

By Tim MastersEntertainment correspondent, BBC News
Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson of RushWorking men: Rush are (l to r) Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson

Since forming at school in the late 1960s, Canadian rock trio Rush have been a permanent - and extremely noisy - fixture on the musical map.

Their self-titled debut album in 1974 had a strong Led Zeppelin influence.

But it was Rush's second album, 1975's Fly By Night, that carved them out as virtuoso rock intellectuals influenced by sci-fi and fantasy.
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We're pretty fortunate that we still like each other”

Geddy Lee

The line-up of Geddy Lee (bass and vocals), Alex Lifeson (guitar) and Neil Peart (drums) has remained unchanged since 1974, making Rush one of the most stable acts in rock history.

"It's easier if you're a three-piece and you stay alive," says softly-spoken frontman Lee, famous for his high-pitched vocals.

The 57-year-old musician has travelled to London to collect the living legend prize at this week's Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards.

"We're pretty fortunate that we still like each other and we still have so much fun together. It's not a pretence," he continues.

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