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Overview (4)

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Birth NameGary Lee Weinrib
Nickname Dirk
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Geddy Lee is best known as the vocalist, bassist, and keyboard player for the rock group Rush, which also features drummer Neil Peart and guitarist Alex Lifeson. Rush is the most successful Canadian music group in history, and is the third most prolific seller of consecutive (American) Gold and Platinum Records and videos, behind only the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Lee's spectacular bass-playing ability has earned him a reputation similar to that of his bandmates. All three share the distinction of being among the most highly influential virtuosos in their crafts. Geddy Lee is a natural overachiever when it comes to the production and performance of his music. He is equally well known for his wizard-like bass-playing ability as he his for his magical juggling of bass, singing, playing keyboards, and triggering his own pre-recorded accompaniments during live performances, all while maintaining his trademark enthusiasm as Rush's "frontman". Geddy has, in the past carried the dubious distinction of a hard-rocking, if somewhat unnatural, high-pitched singing voice. This has matured over the course of Geddy's career into a voice that is more widely accepted outside of Rush's original core hard-rock following, and shines most especially on recent Rush albums such as 2002's "Vapor Trails", and Geddy's polished 2000 solo album, "My Favorite Headache". After their longest break from recording and touring, A highly successful 2002 tour brought Rush back to the United States, Canada, and Mexico, to the great anticipation of fans. Rush ended their 2002 tour with their first-ever shows in Brazil, where they played to 125,000 fans in three nights. The final performance of the 2002 tour was captured on DVD as Rush in Rio (2003), which was certified double-platinum within weeks of its release. Geddy is the son of Polish parents who were survivors of the Nazi concentration camps. In addition to his composing, arranging, and performing duties for Rush, Geddy has produced albums for various other bands, including Rocket Science.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Manfrenjensenton

Spouse (1)

Nancy Young (1976 - present) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (6)

His round sunglasses
His unusually high pitched vocals
Distinctive nose
Long hair
Fender Signature model Jazz Bass
Use of kitchen appliances and other industrial items as "balance" to Alex Lifeson's stack of amps on stage in concerts.

Trivia (22)

Is the bassist/keyboardist/vocalist of the Canadian rock trio, Rush.
Lee's real name is Gary. His nickname is attributed to his mother who pronounced "Gary" with such a heavy Yiddish accent that it came out sounding like "Geddy." The name stuck and he has been known as Geddy ever since.
On February 26, 1997, he and his bandmates Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson became the first rock musicians to be inducted into the prestigious position of Officers of the Order of Canada. This is the highest honor bestowed upon a civilian by the Canadian government. According to the Ottawa Sun, "The award was given as much for their community service as for their contribution to the arts. They have raised over $1 million for food banks and the United Way."
Has a son Julian and a daughter Kyla Avril
He is known to collect baseball memorabilia
Attended school in the Toronto, Canada area with comedian Rick Moranis.
His band, Rush, has been nominated for two Grammy awards. The band's first nomination came in 1982 for Best Rock Instrumental for "YYZ" from the album "Moving Pictures". The band was nominated again a decade later in the same category for "Where's my Thing?" from the 1991 album "Roll the Bones." "Leave That Thing Alone!" was nominated for the Best Rock Instrumental Performance Grammy in 1995 (their third nomination). "Malignant Narcissism" was nominated for the Best Rock Instrumental Performance Grammy in 2008 (their fifth nomination).
Missed their Grammy nomination for best rock instrumental in 2005 for their song from Rush in Rio "O Baterista" which lost to Brian Wilson's song "Smile".
His distinctive voice was impersonated by Matt Maiellaro on an episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force (2000).
Ranked as the 96th Greatest Canadian who ever lived by voters of The Greatest Canadian (2004).
The son of Jewish refugees from Poland.
Starting in the mid-1990s, would choose to use a concert venue's "house" speakers rather then amplifier stacks, which created a vast empty space behind him. He would soon use that space to put kitchen appliances, clothes dryers, etc. for humorous purposes.
Along with other Rush members Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart, Geddy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2013.
In the recording studio working on Rush's new album to be released in early 2007. [November 2006]
After their first leg of the tour in 2007, Rush started their 2nd leg which will last through the 22nd of July 2008 [April 2008]
Performed with Rush for 450,000 people as part of the Toronto SARStock relief benefit, alongside major bands including AC/DC and The Rolling Stones. Rush was one of the few native Toronto bands to perform at this historic event to herald Toronto's graceful endurance of the SARS scare. [July 2003]
Hot on the heels of their triumphant 2002 tour, 2003 DVD, and benefit performance for 450,000 at the 2003 SARS benefit, Rush has announced plans to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their current lineup with a celebratory tour. Planned shows include their first visits to Europe since 1992. [December 2003]
With Rush, released "Feedback", an EP containing 8 cover songs. This marks the first Rush release wherein the band performs songs other than their own. After "Feedback", Rush embarked on a highly successful Thirtieth Anniversary Tour ("R30" for short). On this tour, the band performed some of the cover songs live -- also a first for them. [June 2004]
"Contents Under Pressure: 30 Years of Rush at Home and Away" is released. It is an authorized biography of the band, written by Martin Popoff. [June 2004]
"Snake & Arrows Live" album is released. [April 2008]
Inducted as a part of Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. [April 2013]
He and the other members of the band will reportedly be back in the recording studio in early 2006. [September 2005]

Personal Quotes (1)

[on re-imagining an earlier composition] Once you start playing it, it's amazing how you can put yourself back into that mindset of how you felt when you wrote the song. You can reignite a point-of- view, and a good feeling about playing it, even though initially your instincts said: 'Oh, I can't play that song anymore - that's too dated'. But your can. You can go home again.

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