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Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson reunite for Gordon Lightfoot tribute concert at Massey Hall

Gordon Lightfoot's legacy was ringing through the rafters at Massey Hall as old friends, close family and a generation of young talent united to pay tribute to the Canadian troubadour. The sold-out Thursday concert carried an extra special surprise as Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson made a rare musical appearance together. They joined Blue Rodeo to perform the Lightfoot original "The Way I Feel" with Geddy lending his vocals to the performance. Later, Geddy and Alex joined the group encore for a performance of 'Summer Side of Life.' Additional information about last night's performance is available HERE . You can watch Geddy and Alex's performance below or directly at this LINK . Comments

Looking Back at Rush's First Concert in the U.S. 50 Years Ago Today

May 18th, 1974 was a cold, grey, and rainy day in East Lansing, Michigan. Not exactly ideal conditions for a 12-hour music festival at the Northside Drive-In. That, however, was the dream of 25-year old promoter Tom Demeter; to bring a kind of mini-woodstock to the area with hopes of up to 30,000 people attending. The outdoor concert was to be headlined by American blues singer Dr. John and feature eight additional bands. However numerous problems resulted in the festival being less than the spectacle Demeter was hoping for. First, the rains came. Then several members of the muddy, drug-addled crowd were taken away by ambulance. Finally, the headliner Dr. John never showed up. That left a bill featuring the still up-and-coming New York Dolls, a Beatles tribute band known as Liverpool, the Cosmic Beam Experience light show, and a trio of then-unknown future prog-rock stars called Rush . At this point in their history, Rush still featured original drummer John Rutsey. A certain Clevel

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