Alex Lifeson's Top Guitar Moments

02/25/2011
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Gibson is celebrating the launch of the new Gibson Custom Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess, and takes a closer look at the greatest guitar moments for the man some affectionately refer to as Lerxst. Here are just two:

10. "YYZ": From Rush's 1981 Moving Pictures album, "YYZ," which gets its name from the identification code for the Toronto Pearson International Airport (Rush's hometown), is an instrumental piece that lets all three members shine. Lifeson's solo, in particularly, is a wonderfully meandering, almost schizophrenic dance, not unlike the frazzled flight of a bumblebee that's just been sprayed with Raid and is frantically trying, and failing, to maintain altitude until it crashes to the ground.

3. "Limelight"" "I love the elasticity of the solo," Lifeson told Gibson.com "It's a very emotional piece of music for me to play. The song is about loneliness and isolation, and I think the solo reflects that. There's a lot of heart in it. Even now it's my favorite solo to perform live. I never get tired of it." See the full list

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