Rush's Geddy Lee Readies Solo LP

By Sorelle Saidman,, August 15, 2000

Rabid Rush fans are in for a partial fix while waiting for the band's next release, as singer-bassist Geddy Lee is currently in a Toronto studio mixing his debut solo album.

A spokesperson for Atlantic Records confirmed to MTV News that the yet-to-be-titled album is set to hit stores October 24.

Sources close to the production said the record was recorded in Seattle, Vancouver, and Toronto and produced by Lee, Dave Leonard, and Ben Mink, the latter best known for his work with fellow Canadian k.d. lang. All 11 songs were co-written by Lee and Mink, who also supplies the album's guitar parts.

Former Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron, currently with Pearl Jam, plays drums on 10 of the 11 tracks, with Jeremy Taggart of Our Lady Peace performing on the remaining song, which sources said was recorded just last week.

Lee may also be back in the studio before the end of the year with the rest of Rush to start work on another album. Guitarist Alex Lifeson has told both fans and interviewers that tentative plans are in place for the group to start recording again in October.

The trio has not recorded since releasing its 16th studio album, "Test For Echo," in 1996. Drummer Neil Peart has been on an extended hiatus following the death of his daughter in a 1997 car accident (see "Rush Drummer Loses Daughter") and the passing of his wife from cancer less than a year later.

Lifeson has also been keeping busy. As previously reported by MTV News, he produced three songs for the band 3 Doors Down that may turn up on a future band or soundtrack album (see "3 Doors Down Talks 'Kryptonite,' Records With Rush Member"). He's also been playing and recording with the house band at a bar the guitarist owns in his hometown of Toronto under the alias Big Al Dexter.

Most recently, Lifeson has composed and performed the theme music for "Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda," a TV series scheduled to make its network debut this fall.

Lee has also delved into production projects, including a band called Rocket Science, which (not coincidentally) features his nephew.