Geddy Lee Says He And Neil Peart Were Annoyed By Rush’s ‘Snooty’ Image

Geddy Lee

To promote his new book, “My Effin’ Life,” Geddy Lee spoke with Les Claypool from Primus in a recent virtual event on December 5. The bassist discussed the subjects covered in the autobiography and offered his opinions on the criticism Rush received for being perceived as “pretentious.”

Neil Peart and I would discuss things like this. What the f**k does that word “pretentious” mean, we would discuss. Here, who is acting fake? When you’re performing to the best of your abilities, pushing yourself to do better, and not pretending… It is a genuine aspiration to improve. We therefore didn’t comprehend why people would think we were pretentious.

Regarding the intention behind their music, he clarified:

“Even though our reach may have exceeded our grasp, we still made a sincere attempt to seize the initiative. We weren’t doing it to achieve some kind of fame; rather, we were doing it to gain a better understanding of our music, break down barriers to our musicianship, and get better. We therefore found it annoying whenever a writer would simply write us off as some conceited Canadian three-piece band with progressive ideas and such.

Looking at The Band’s Image In Geddy Lee ‘s New Book

The book “My Effin” Life Lee discussed how in the past, Rush’s public persona and these remarks had bothered him and his bandmates. In response, he stated:

Therefore, I thought it would be interesting to look back over the course of my career, where we’ve been, and where we started, and try to figure out why it’s so easy to throw that word at a band with aspirations as high as ours. So discussing it was sort of what I was trying to get at in the book.

The bassist explained why it was crucial that he consider the criticism:

And since I was just as dubious of negative reviews as I was of excessively positive ones, I believe it’s beneficial to look closely at negative feedback. You’ve experienced it before: after hearing someone extol your virtues, you think, “That guy didn’t hear all the bad shit we played last night.”

Lee’s Look At The Artists’ Lives

In addition to his autobiography, which HarperCollins published on November 14, Lee is working on other new projects. A documentary series based on the book debuted onParamount+ this month.

The former Rush member visits several bassists, including Claypool, Melissa Auf Der Maur, Robert Trujillo, and Krist Novoselic, in the documentary “Geddy Lee Asks: Are Bass Players Human Too?” to offer a look into their careers and lives.

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