Rush’s Alex Lifeson Named Greatest Canadian Guitarist

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Rush’s Alex Lifeson Named Greatest Canadian Guitarist

Well yeah. Who else would it be eh?

By Alex Baker


CBC Radio has named Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson as the greatest Canadian guitarist.


Lifeson beat out Randy Bachman, Neil Young and Jeff Healey to top the list.


Upon awarding him the distinction, the CBC said this about the guitarist:


“The most impressive thing about him may be his ability to keep up with his virtuoso bandmates Neil Peart and Geddy Lee.”


“Guitar nerds love him for heady prog rock finger exercises like 2112 and XYZ. Everyone else loves him for timeless rock riffs like Working Man and The Spirit of the Radio.”




Meanwhile, there’s much ado in the Rush camp with the band at last having been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, some 15 years after becoming eligible. The longserving Canadia rock trio are also set to be inducted to the Hollywood Guitar Center Walk of Fame this month.


Lifeson, along with Peart and Lee, will have their skillful hands imprinted in cement in a private ceremony to be held later this month.


In case you need reminding of why Alex Lifeson was clearly the best choice for this distinction, check out the video above of him and the rest of Rush tearing it up in this classic 1970s performance of Fly By Night

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