Geddy Lee Shares Robert Plant Helped Rush In Their Darkest Time
They Weren’t In A Good Place At The Time
In a new interview with Classic Rock magazine, Rush’s Geddy Lee discussed how Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant helped them during a dark period in the late 1990s. One phone call from Plant encouraged them and helped boost their confidence to push on. It was after drummer Neil Peart’s 19-year-old daughter Selena passed away in a car accident in August 1997. It resulted to an extended hiatus and at one point, they were uncertain they will play together again.
“Page & Plant were touring [1998 album] Walking Into Clarksdale and they came to Toronto,” Lee recalled. “Someone kept calling our office saying they were Robert Plant and they needed to speak to me. No one believed it, but turns out it was him.”
Lee called Plant back and the latter invited them to his show in Toronto to talk.
“He understood what was going on with the band. I remember him saying: ‘You’ve got to re-join life, and sooner is better than later. So get your ass down here,’” Lee said. “So I called Alex up and said we’re going to see Page & Plant.”
“And they were totally awesome. They were so nice,” Lee added. “There’s nothing better than meeting someone you admire for so many years and so many reasons and finding out they’re true gents.”
It’s no secret that Led Zeppelin heavily influenced Rush’s music especially during their early days.