Geddy Lee is gearing up to release his first memoir, a process he says helped him properly grieve the death of Neil Peart.
The Rush bassist announced on Instagram that he began writing during the COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020. “Little did I know that as of March 2020 I'd be locked down for over a year and a half—the longest time I'd spent in Toronto since I was nineteen and hit the Northern Ontario bar circuit with Rush,” Lee said.
After sharing some of the “silver linings'' he experienced during lockdown -- Including teaching his grandson about baseball and birdwatching, and watching “every European mystery show ever produced” with his wife -- Lee says he began to write.
Lee said one of the major benefits that came from this experience was that it helped him properly grieve the death of his bandmate Neil Peart. “My friend and collaborator on the Big Beautiful Book of Bass, Daniel Richler, saw how I was struggling in the aftermath of Neil's passing, and tried coaxing me out of my blues with some funny tales from his youth, daring me to share my own in return,” Lee wrote.
“So I did—reluctantly at first, but then remembering, oh yeah, I like wrestling with words. It's a less physical version of arguing with musical notes, without a Ricky doubleneck breaking my back! And soon my baby-step stories were becoming grownup chapters,” he continued. “Being the nuclear obsessive that I am, I'd write and re-write them, reassessing perspectives in the narrative not just by scouring my memory banks but my diaries and piles of photo albums too. I was piecing together a mystery of a different kind.”
As Lee began to establish “a presentable, epic-length account of my life on and off the stage,” his collaborator, Daniel Richler said, "I think you're writing a book. An actual memoir, in fact."
Lee replied with the humor that made us fall in love with him all those years ago. “Hmm… I guess I am,” he said.