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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-08-09

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Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Liftson of Rush: "We like seeing young people,
and if they want to come along and see what our crazy music is like, that would
be just great," says Lee.

were in Poland at the outset of the war
and "the Germans came in, and every
man they thought could be a threat to
them they took out and shot."
When the Weinribs were liberated
from the concentration camp, they
"thought it was a miracle," but they
didn't know what to do.
"They thought they were the only
people left in the world. Can you
imagine that? They thought they were
the few survivors. They were slowly
informed that the world was still
going on," Lee remembered.
"Then they couldn't understand why
they were saved. How could it hap-
pen? How could God let it happen?"
Many liberated Polish Jews immigrated
to the United States, but the Weinribs
were told that settling in Canada would
also be nice, so they chose to come to
Ontario and live in Willowdale, a subur-
ban neighborhood of Toronto.
Gary Lee Weinrib was born in 1953
and legally changed his name to
"Geddy Lee" years ago. The 49-year-
old musician proudly points out that
he chose to name himself, as a result
of his mother's Yiddish mangling of
the name "Gary."
Lee married his longtime girlfriend
Nancy Young in a traditional Jewish
ceremony in 1976. The couple have a
son, Julian, and a daughter, Kyla Avril.

Hard To Categorize

Turning his attention to promoting
Vapor Trails and re-establishing Rush's
lost momentum after its five-year
absence, Lee, an inductee into Guitar

Player magazine's Bass Hall of Fame, is
heartened that the instant airplay of
the new album is super-gluing Rush's
fan base more than his own solo
album did a few years ago.
"I went from making my record (My
Favorite Headache) into making [Vapor
Trails]. There was very little time in
between," notes the high-pitched vocal-
ist whose highest-charting Top-20
recording was not with Rush, but on
the 1982 U.S. novelty hit "Take Off"
by SCTV comedians Rick Moranis and
Dave Thomas (a.k.a. their beer-buddy
characters Bob and Doug McKenzie).
'And I don't know how to categorize
our music,' Lee adds. "It's always been
hard rock to me that sometimes wan-
ders into the world of progressive rock.
"Everything is fusion now. There's
very little pure anything left in rock,
and I think that's good, because that's
what we've always been about."
In concert, "it's going to be interesting
to find out how the new material blends
with the old material and how we pres-
ent all that," Lee says. "To me, we've
always been a freak kind of band where
we never fit into any kind of category
"I have no idea about how we fit into
the mainstream right now We like seeing
young people, and if they want to come
along and see what our crazy music is
like, that would be just great." ❑

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