Alex Lifeson Takes the Top Spot in Gibson's list of Canada's Top 10 Guitarists

In an article titled North Stars: Canada’s Top 10 Guitarists, Gibson ranks the top ten native Canadian guitarists.
As you would expect from the world’s second-largest country, Canada has produced its share of great guitarists. From Newfoundland to The Yukon, it’s impossible to pinpoint a “Canadian” music style – just as it is with the U.S. – but from blues to folk to hard rock, there are certainly some great players, often legends in their native country but undervalued outside.
Topping the list is Alex Lifeson:
1. Alex Lifeson

1. Alex Lifeson It must be hard being Alex Lifeson sometimes. Despite the fame and money, imagine having to match the drum and bass skills of Neil Peart and Geddy Lee for 37 years? Lifeson has done it, though. An undeniably great riff writer, he is also one of rock’s most idiosyncratic soloists, blending strong melodies with neo-jazz flurries across a Rush catalog that has leapt from Zep-esque slammers to acoustic ballads, from reggae-inflected pop to instrumental prog rock.

An advocate of blending raw tone with technology (see the Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess), Lifeson remains one of rock guitar’s relentless explorers of new sounds.

And Rush have even become cool again. “I think that younger bands look at us as perhaps a model that you can do it your way. You can play the music that you want to play,” Lifeson recently told Crawdaddy.com. “You can find your audience, you can grow.” Lifeson continues to do so. It must be hard being Alex Lifeson sometimes. Despite the fame and money, imagine having to match the drum and bass skills of Neil Peart and Geddy Lee for 37 years? Lifeson has done it, though. An undeniably great riff writer, he is also one of rock’s most idiosyncratic soloists, blending strong melodies with neo-jazz flurries across a Rush catalog that has leapt from Zep-esque slammers to acoustic ballads, from reggae-inflected pop to instrumental prog rock.

An advocate of blending raw tone with technology (see the Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess), Lifeson remains one of rock guitar’s relentless explorers of new sounds.

And Rush have even become cool again. “I think that younger bands look at us as perhaps a model that you can do it your way. You can play the music that you want to play,” Lifeson recently told Crawdaddy.com. “You can find your audience, you can grow.” Lifeson continues to do so.
Congrats to Alex for taking the top spot.

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  1. Rush have always been cool, not for one second have they ever been uncool.

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