The Band Geddy Lee Considered As Rush’s Successor

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Rush became an inseparable part of hard rock and alternative rock music history with their well-crafted sounds and lyrics that hit the charts worldwide. The band members were more interested in hard rock at the beginning of their professional careers as musicians, but they decided to change it later.

The band focused on their genre-defining progressive works, significantly contributing to their international fame and commercial success. Although they were appreciated by many fans and critics earlier than that, it can be stated that they reached their highest popularity in the ’70s. The band paved the way for several other alternative rock artists, and one of them received a positive review from Rush vocalist Geddy Lee.

Which Band Did Geddy Lee Choose As The Next Rush?

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The California based-rock band Primus shared their debut record ‘Frizzle Fry’ on February 7, 1990, an important first step in the music industry. Since then, Primus’ talented members have created and released nine studio albums, and the latest one was ‘The Desaturating Seven,’ which dropped on September 29, 2017.

The concept album achieved critical acclaim and proved that Primus would remain an important figure in alternative rock music. During some conversations with magazines and music websites, Primus members named several bands that were a source of inspiration for them, such as King Crimson, The Residents, Pink Floyd, Hillel Slovak-era Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Rush. 

During an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine in 1996, the reporter asked Lee saw to name the band he considered Rush’s successor. The singer responded to the question without any hesitation; the answer was Primus. Lee revealed that he noticed their weirdness and noted that Rush probably inspired them to preserve that feeling with their works.

In Lee’s words, he said:

Perhaps Primus. There’s a weirdness that I detect was maybe partly inspired by the weirdness of our music.”

Consequently, as a band that wanted to pay tribute to Rush’s fifth record ‘A Farewell to Kings’ with a special project, A Tribute To Kings Tour, Primus members got happy and excited about being chosen as the ones that would carry Rush’s torch. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson’s visit to one of their shows and their close friendship alongside a deep connection drew the media’s and fans’ attention.