ALEX LIFESON: Greatest Canadian Guitarist

Alex Lifeson of Rush has been named the greatest Canadian guitarist by national broadcaster CBC Radio.

He tops a list which includes Jeff Healey, Neil Young and Randy Bachman, released as part of CBC Music’s Guitar Month.

The broadcaster says of Lifeson: “The most impressive thing about him may be his ability to keep up with his virtuoso bandmates Neil Peart and Geddy Lee.

“For over four decades, he has been seamlessly transitioning from complicated rhythm patterns to searing solos. His influence on shredders is undeniable, though his own playing borrows from jazz, reggae and funk.

“Guitar nerds love him for heady prog finger exercises like 2112 and YYZ. Everyone else loves him for timeless rock riffs like Working Man and The Spirit of Radio.”

Rush have finally been nominated for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s class of 2013 – 15 years after first becoming eligible.

The three-piece are also to be inducted into Guitar Center’s RockWalk on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. They’ll add their handprints at an invite-only ceremony on November 20.

Lee says: “We’re very pleased to have been chosen by our peers and fellow musicians. It’s an honour to have our names added to this illustrious list.”

Meanwhile, Rush’s breakthrough fourth album 2112 will be re-released on December 18 to mark its 40th anniversary. It will be available in a number of formats including 5.1 surround sound remaster, high-resolution DVD audio and blu-ray audio.

Sound engineer Richard Chycki says on his blog: “This concept has been in stasis for quite some time. It’s a pinnacle moment that we see it come to light.”

The band are currently touring their 20th studio album, Clockwork Angels, in North America, complete with a string section who play for part of each show.


Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.

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