Geddy Lee Explains His Musical Inspirations

04/18/2013
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(hennemusic) Geddy Lee of Rush is sharing some of his musical inspirations on the eve of the band's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

In a new Q&A with Billboard, Lee explains his original musical spark came from a rock classic. "The first song I heard that made me interested in music was 'Oh, Pretty Woman' by Roy Orbison," says the bassist. "It was the guitar intro, that riff, that I just really liked and kind of made me listen in a different way."

Lee developed his music skills by learning songs by others before writing his own. "I can't remember the first song I learned to play on bass, but the first song I learned to play on guitar was 'For Your Love' by the Yardbirds," Geddy says. "That kind of was the beginning for me. I thought it was a great song and I loved the open chord progression at the beginning of that song…. and I remember trying to figure out 'Pretty Woman' the first time I got a guitar." more on this story

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