Rush's Alex Lifeson Named Greatest Canadian Guitarist
Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson has been named greatest Canadian guitarist by national broadcaster CBC.
The prog guitar icon heads a list which also includes
Jeff Healey, Neil Young and
The broadcaster says of Lifeson:
"The most impressive thing about him may be his ability to keep up with his virtuoso bandmates Neil Peart and Geddy Lee.
"For over four decades, he has been seamlessly transitioning from complicated rhythm patterns to searing solos. His influence on shredders is undeniable, though his own playing borrows from jazz, reggae and funk.
"Guitar nerds love him for heady prog finger exercises like
2112 and YYZ. Everyone else loves him for timeless rock riffs like
Working Man and The Spirit of Radio."
In related news Rush have finally been nominated for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame's class of 2013, some 15 years after first becoming eligible.
The Canadian three-piece are also to be inducted into Guitar Center's RockWalk on Hollywood's Sunset Strip. They'll add their handprints at an invite-only ceremony on November 20.