Geddy Lee Set To Release “epic-length account” Memoir For 2022
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 18: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Singer from the band Rush, Geddy Lee visits the SiriusXM Studios on December 18, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
Slated For Release In Fall 2022
The lockdown measures during the pandemic forced people to look for ways to keep themselves busy. Some made new music while others wrote books. And as for Rush frontman and bassist Geddy Lee, he penned a memoir to help him cope with bandmate Neil Peart’s death.
Lee posted on Instagram and explained that throughout the global health crisis, he was locked up in Toronto for a year and a half. It was the longest time he’d spent there since he was 19 years old “and hit the Northern Ontario bar circuit with Rush.”
“Although Nancy and I had to cancel a bunch of adventures we’d been planning, there were some shiny silver linings to be found at home,” he wrote, “teaching my grandson the finer points of baseball and birdwatching, tending to my pups (one of whom was quite ill) and spending the evenings with my lovely better half, glass of Armagnac in hand, as we watched every European mystery show ever produced.”
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“Oh, and another thing: I began to write. Words, that is,” he continued. “My friend and collaborator on the Big Beautiful Book of Bass, Daniel Richler, saw how I was struggling in the aftermath of Neil’s passing, and tried coaxing me out of my blues with some funny tales from his youth, daring me to share my own in return.”
“So I did—reluctantly at first, but then remembering, oh yeah, I like wrestling with words,” he added. “It’s a less physical version of arguing with musical notes, without a Ricky doubleneck breaking my back! And soon my baby-step stories were becoming grownup chapters. Being the nuclear obsessive that I am, I’d write and re-write them, reassessing perspectives in the narrative not just by scouring my memory banks but my diaries and piles of photo albums too.”
He mused, “I was piecing together a mystery of a different kind.”
The yet-to-be-titled memoir is slated for release in the fall of next year. It will be published by Harper Collins.