Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Q&A: Geddy Lee at London screening of Rush documentary

Busy week for Rush, as the band does some work in the U.K.

Tomorrow, Rush receives the “Living Legend” award at the 2010 Classic Rock “Roll Of Honour” Awards, held at the Roundhouse in London with Alice Cooper hosting the event.

The Classic Rock ‘Living Legend’ award is given to a rock act for their enduring influence and remarkable achievements in the world of rock music.

As one of rock’s most influential bands, Rush will be joining an illustrious list of previous legendary recipients such as Iggy Pop, Ozzy Osbourne, Jimmy Page, Alice Cooper and Lemmy.

Rush’s "Beyond The Lighted Stage" is also nominated for DVD/Film Of The Year, along with The Doors, The Runaways, Oil City Confidential and Saxon.

Rush's Geddy Lee said: “We are thrilled to receive the ‘Living Legend’ award from Classic Rock. It’s much better than the alternative! Seriously, we are humbled and very appreciative.”

Scott Rowley, Editor-in-Chief of Classic Rock, added: “Ridiculously, Rush haven’t yet been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame – so it’s an honour to recognize their massive contribution to rock music at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour.”

Ahead of the awards, Geddy Lee attended a screening of “Beyond” on Monday at the Cineworld Haymarket in London.

Lee took part in a Q&A session following the screening, along with directors Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn; the session was hosted by Philip Wilding.

In part 1, Geddy talks about the introduction of Sam and Scot.

1. Are there any songs that you find difficult/challenging to play on stage?
2. When are you touring Europe.
3. Have you had singing lessons?
4. Which scenes didn't make it into the film?
5. Have Rush ever played Australia?
6. Would you consider playing any festivals in Europe?

Rush – Q&A session with Geddy Lee & directors (part 1)
Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage screening
Cineworld Haymarket – London, UK – November 8, 2010

In part 2:

1. Where do you get the ideas for the tour films
2. What are your current influences and what inspires you?
3. Who found the old video footage of the original line-up?
4. Are there any songs from the back catalogue that you don't perform that you'd like to perform or projects to resurrect?
5.Which is your favourite live album and why?
6.On the Time machine tour which song did you really enjoy playing?
7.Your mum and Alex's mum made it into the film were your kids angry they didn't make it?
8. If you're thinking about touring in the spring then when are you going to record the new album.

Rush – Q&A session with Geddy Lee & directors (part 2)
Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage screening
Cineworld Haymarket – London, UK – November 8, 2010

In part 3:

1. What do you think of Rush tribute bands?
2. Is Rash going to release any material?
3. Can you describe the process of how you put the tour set list together?
4. What do you consider to be your most complicated bass line?
5. What did you think of the documentary about the band Anvil?
6.In the film a waitress asked Geddy for his autograph but ignored Alex, was that staged?
7. Does it get harder or easier to play as you get older?
8. Have you ever been approached to do a movie soundtrack?
9. Have you got any plans to play a fretless bass again?
10. When Neil passes you a sheet of lyrics how much influence does he have on the musical composition?
11. Has Neil watched the film yet?

Rush – Q&A session with Geddy Lee & directors (part 3)
Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage screening
Cineworld Haymarket – London, UK – November 8, 2010