the Alex Lifeson appreciation thread

bon-yr-aur

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Hello as almost if not all of you my favorite guitarist is Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin but i have great respect for others like Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allam , Eric Clapton and many others but Lifeson though he may not be as great as page in my eyes, he is really in a class of his own :)such a amazing guitarist check out what i mean :dude::):thumb:


he is so incredible and yet they never put him with the all time greats..

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78D00dYOBrM]Rush - La Villa Strangiato at Pinkpop 1979 - YouTube[/ame]

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uI4trThSaEA]Rush YYZ Live in Rio!!! - YouTube[/ame]

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTD1QW3SM60]Rush - Xanadu ( Exit Stage Left ) - YouTube[/ame]

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTD1QW3SM60]Rush - Xanadu ( Exit Stage Left ) - YouTube[/ame]
 

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Long over due, can't believe I didn't think of starting one. Shame on me!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks bya!!!!


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Sorry to do this, but my "Alex Lifeson Inspired By ES-355 (AL 028)"

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I was fortunate enough to meet Alex, the rest of the band and their road manager at the time, Howard Ungerleider, several times back in the '70s before they became really big. Alex was (and still is I'm sure) a GREAT guy (guy, he was a kid back then). While I'm typing this, I'm sitting here looking at the pictures I have of him/them hanging on the wall and a picture from the "Farewell To Kings" Tour Book that I had him sign along with a letter I (well, my sister and a friend of ours) received from him in May of '78, that I have together framed. Brings back a lot of fond memories.


:cheers:
 

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[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vB6sRQQBH6E]Rush Working Man Original Drummer John Rutsey 1974 Live! - YouTube[/ame]

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLoUGYxR0uM]Rush - Finding My Way - Live 1975 - YouTube[/ame]

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWLxT5OFcWg]Rush - 2112 - The Temples of Syrinx - Live in Frankfurt - YouTube[/ame]

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5FrHuRcqoA]Rush - A Passage to Bangkok - Live in Holland - YouTube[/ame]
 

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He was a huge influence on my playing. I had been playing maybe a year or two when I got a giant songbook with everything through Moving Pictures. I think I learned forty or fifty of the songs. The book didn't have the solos notated, so I had to pick those out by ear. I started with "Closer to the Heart" and worked up to his harder stuff. Certainly a great path, for me.

Nowadays, aside from "La Villa Strangiato" which has already been posted, here are some of my faves to play along with:

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VcswhBy9tk]Rush Anthem - YouTube[/ame]
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpsyrfoX8zw&feature=related]Rush A Farewell To Kings - YouTube[/ame]
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GW72Gmqjse4]Bastille Day - Rush - YouTube[/ame]
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAvQSkK8Z8U]Rush - Red Barchetta - YouTube[/ame]
 

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[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyTkLX6Zi8E]Rush Hemispheres Prelude Live - YouTube[/ame]

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2s9fhiu6zZg]Rush Exit Stage Left 1981 By Tor & Snow Dog - In the Mood - 2112 - YouTube[/ame]
 

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[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKn_umW2zcY]Rush - Exit Stage Left - [Video HD Remastered 2011] [Full Version] - YouTube[/ame]
 

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By the way bya, nice selection of videos (and for those of you that posted others as well)!!!!

I know that Alex always says that his favorite solo is the one in "Limelight" and there really are so many to choose from, but for me, one of, if not my favorite, is "La Villa Stangiato". That just has everything in it for me: emotion, dynamics, you name it.

On a side note, yesterday I was playing "The Fountain of Lamneth" in it's entirety, but on acoustic guitar. "Caress of Steel" is one of my all-time favorite RUSH albums. I know they weren't all that pleased with it (as the story goes, they had recently seen Yes and and were blown away by the show) they in fact thought about quitting. THANK GOD THEY DIDN'T!!!! It did mean a lot to them though and Alex expressed as much in the letter I/we received from him, since that was one of the things we had asked him about.


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Lifeson Gear Interview: Rush "Time Machine Tour" 2011 - YouTube


 
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Rush is my favorite band. Alex's guitar work is amazing, from the early days to the present. I listen to All The World's A Stage every day, sometimes more than once. It's all killer, no filler. By-Tor the Snow Dog is amazing. Exit Stage Left is also incredible. Alex is way, way underated. I've seen them numerous times, and actually had front row tickets for the Cleveland show, where they filmed the show for their Time Machine DVD. I had to go out of town the night before the show, so i gave the tickets to a good buddy that is also a Rush fan. They show him a bunch of times on the DVD. I was pissed.
 

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The first time I heard the solo on finding my way I was blown away. Alex is a man of immense skill.
 

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Alex is one of the greats! And having worked for him I can say that he is a truly humble, generous, down to earth kind soul.
The best description I have heard of his guitar soloing is that he plays "angular fusion"...I love that! Recently I heard a jam that was the origin of Tom Sawyer, before they recorded it in the studio and the solo that Alex played is mind blowing, I'll see if I can find it.
Just like thumpalumpacus, I learned to play guitar when I was a kid by learning every Rush song. I had the same book and I figured the solos out by ear.
I'm a huge fan. If I had to pick just one desert island record it would be "Moving Pictures".
When I go to my friend's house to rehearse (he's a keyboard player that I first started playing with back in the mid 80's) I still like it when he fires up his Oberheim synth. He bought it from Geddy in the late 80s. It is the one that was used on Moving Pictures. Man, when he hits that E note with the Tom Sawyer sound I always get goose bumps....or the camera eye sounds. But I digress....jeez I could talk about Rush all day, I'm still like a kid in that regard.
I have to say Alex has been a major influence in not only my guitar playing but also my career.
 

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Love Rush -- Alex is a great guitarist. I am actually beginning to work on learning YYZ with my guitar teacher (using it at least partially to look at modes and intervals).
The first tab book I ever bought was Rush's Greatest Hits...
 

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Under rated yes. Very much so.

I love their first release - it's raw and unadulterated power rock. Their next three release, along with their first are my favorites.
 

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[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vD7zHVWNngM]Rush- Finding My Way - YouTube[/ame]
 

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Rush as a whole get plenty of attention, which they certainly deserve, but Alex as an individual seems to go under the radar when most "hotshot" guitarists are mentioned, and that's a damn shame. It may have something to do with the fact that he doesn't feel the need to be overly technical at every single opportunity; he'd rather let the moods and textures he creates speak for themselves. His playing has always had tons of feeling, and make no mistake, he can shred his ass off when he is in the right mood. His use of textures and space is amazing - check out that awesome solo on Marathon where he actually lets the notes breathe for maximum impact, throwing in that pinch harmonic at the end with the killer vibrato over top of it. That's some great shit, and he doesn't NEED to play a million miles an hour to make his point when he's got phrasing like that. That's worth more than all the notes in the world, and he knows it. In that sense, I think he has much in common with Joe Satriani in that both CAN shred, but don't necessarily do so when it wouldn't fit the song. They both understand that melodies, hooks, and solid songwriting are what make the songs memorable. More power to him, and I look forward to the new Rush album immensely!
 

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