Rush Ushered Into Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame

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It’s finally happened, Canadian rock artists Rush will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight in Los Angeles. After years of being passed over, the Canadian trio, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart, will get a long overdue kudos as they are officially enshrined as rock royalty.

Rush members Neil Peart & Geddy Lee with Bryan at the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame dinner in 2010

The music of Rush has endured for over 30 years and all over the world the band continues to play to sold out arenas, packed with devoted fans who helped petition Rush’s induction into the RnR Hall of Fame. I first saw Rush at Maple Leaf garden in the early 90′s on their “Roll the Bones” tour, and was blown away as a young kid listening to the tremendous trio. But it was the album Exit Stage Left, featuring the explosive track “Tom Sawyer” that took hold of my attention before I ever saw the band perform live. Drummer Neil Peart (the bands chief songwriter) composes lyrical narratives worthy of literary accolades, augmenting them with his performance of unparalleled drumming skills. Peart is often cited as one of the world’s top drummers, who can only be described as a human drum machine. Ironically it is Neil Peart who has always stayed out of the spotlight, leaving that responsibility to lead singer Geddy Lee and his childhood friend, guitarist Alex Lifeson. Whenever the band is making appearances to promote their latest work or being celebrated somewhere for their achievements in Rock n Roll, Neil Peart is typically absent. Consequently, when it comes to securing the bands signatures, the reclusive and shy Neil Peart has remained quite elusive to Rush fans and autograph collectors. In March of 2010, the trio, including Neil Peart made a very rare appearance together as they were inducted to Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. This occasion presented an incredibly rare opportunity to have the trio autograph a guitar (a one of a kind piece) and a couple of albums including that epic Exit Stage Left. In addition to having the band autograph an electric guitar (a rarity), I was also able to have my picture taken alongside both Geddy Lee and the reclusive Neil Peart. These incredibly rare pieces of rock and roll memorabilia are finally being released for sale today to coincide with Rush’s achievement of the highest honor in rock and roll accolades.

Rush autographed Exit Stage Left album for The Signature Library

A rare Rush band signed guitar for The Signature Library

Geddy Lee of Rush signs a guitar for The Signature Library

Alex Lifeson & Neil Peart of Rush await to sign a guitar for TSL