Rick Nielsen Recalls An Embarrassing Moment With Rush’s Geddy Lee


Cheap Trick’s leader Rick Nielsen recently told the story of an embarrassing moment he had with Rush’s Geddy Lee in an interview with Classic Rock. The musician remembered when he encountered Lee but didn’t come up to him to say hi, which was quite awkward.

Rush is one of the example bands that showed their friendship means a lot to their members. The power trio consisting of Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart, and Geddy Lee was established in 1968, and they made sure not to leave each other due to personal conflicts. The band’s end came when they lost their beloved drummer Neil Peart to aggressive brain cancer in 2020.

Even though they had disbanded in 2018 and the death of Peart made it sure that they would not be reuniting as the iconic trio ever again, the remaining members continue to appear together. Hence, Lifeson and Lee are still friends and are not distanced from each other, showing the extent of their relationship and how they value each other.

While many would be lucky to be friends with the band members, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen couldn’t experience Lee’s friendly personality. He recently talked about when Lee was in front of him, but he didn’t say hello. This encounter resulted in an awkward moment, and even though he spoke to other musicians, including John Paul Jones, it was embarrassing that he didn’t say hi to Lee.

Here is how Nielsen told the story:

“Absolutely. That was at the Roundhouse. I remember feeling embarrassed that I didn’t say hello to Geddy Lee. He was right in front of me, and I didn’t say hi. There was enough confusion going on anyhow, but I talked to John Paul Jones and a bunch of other people.

And I got to hang around with Ronnie Wood, which was exciting enough. I’d first met Ronnie back in 1968 when he was with Jeff Beck. That was the same year I went to the Roundhouse for the first time too when I saw The Gun, made up of the Gurvitz brothers.”

Rick Nielsen, Tom Peterson, Randy Hogan, and Bun E. Carlos formed Cheap Trick in 1973. Currently, the lineup consists of Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, and Tom Peterson, and the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. The band is still actively performing even after 20 studio albums, having released their latest album in 2021.