Alex Lifeson, one of the founding members of Rush and the band's seminal guitarist, is celebrating his 64th birthday today. It was on this date back in 1953 that Rush Guitarist Alex Lifeson (born Aleksandar Zivojinovich) came into the world in Fernie, British Columbia. As Rush fans know, Lifeson co-founded the band in the summer of 1968 along with John Rutsey, the band's original drummer. Alex was also responsible for bringing front-man Geddy Lee into the mix. While Alex is obviously best known for being the guitarist for Rush, he's also the part owner of the Toronto restaurant The Orbit Room, is a licensed aircraft pilot, motorcycle rider, a gourmet cook, an artist and has also dabbled with a little acting now and again. More recently, Alex made a guest appearance on Marco Minnemann's new album Borrego where he composed and performed on several tracks. Happy Birthday, Alex and many happy returns!
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Update: Eddie Trunk has posted several tweets, including this one where he clarifies that he was only speculating on the formation of the LeeLifeson group. There has been no official word from Rush or their management, however they did re-tweet Trunk's comment. It's been over two years since Rush performed their final(?) show on their R40 40th Anniversary tour. Since that time, there has been plenty of speculation about the future of the band, with most eyes focused squarely on Neil Peart who, for all intents and purposes, has retired. Though there has been no formal acknowledgement of any kind from the band or their management about Rush's future, it has been clear that, while Neil may be retired, Geddy does want to continue in some fashion, and Alex is at least open to the idea. During a recent broadcast from the House of Blues in Houston, long-time Rush friend and Rock interviewer/commentator Eddie Trunk hinted at the possibility of a Lee/Lifeson group called, fi
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As most fans know by now, the legendary Le Studio, which was located in Morin Heights, Quebec, was destroyed in a fire last Friday. Throughout their recording history, Rush called Le Studio home more than any other location. Seven of the bands albums, Permanent Waves, Signals, Moving Pictures, Grace Under Pressure, Presto, Roll the Bones, Counterparts, were all recorded there. With the loss of the studio, Rush and Geddy Lee have reacted with several interviews. Below is the official statement from the band: “What Le Studio meant to us, is really hard to put into only a few sentences. It was not only a place where we did some of our best work, but we also experienced many profound personal moments there. To say nothing of the friendships that were forged there that still endure today. Le Studio played a key role in our album recording experience at a pivotal point in our career. We were already saddened to learn of its derelict state a few years ago, but upon hearing that it has no