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    Toronto Magazine Features Rush Rock Legend Geddy Lee At Home

    Photo credit (above): Richard Sibbald

    By Paul Fitzgerald

    Geddy Lee fans across North America would simply do just about anything to spend time with him at his home to hear his stories on baseball, wine and art.

    This opportunity would be like a dream come true - a backstage-pass in every right. Yes, this would be a ‘closer to the heart’ experience with the bassist and front man of one of the world’s most iconic progressive rock bands of all time - Rush.

    HOSS Magazine is offering Lee and Rush fans with that backstage-pass they have always dreamed of as they are featuring Lee on the cover of its November/December Holiday issue.

    Lee, who is the vocalist, bassist, and keyboard player for Rush - which also features drummer Neil Peart and guitarist Alex Lifeson - is an internationally acclaimed music icon.

    The feature story on Lee reveals his passion for collecting vintage bass guitars, some of which line the walls of his studio and home, and how his passions extend to wine, baseball and his commitment to philanthropy.

    An avid Toronto Blue Jays fan, Lee’s home in Toronto is decorated with scores of baseball memorabilia of sorts, according to the magazine.

    The publication also reveals that he has a vast wine collection: red or white, he has literally hundreds of brands decorated throughout his home. And let’s not forget his gargantuan wine cellar that houses over 5,000 bottles curated from some of the best vineyards around the world, including a host of very hard to find Burgundies.

    His home feature art that he and his wife have collected over the years that is captive and engaging – artistic in every sense. In a unique sort of way his art collection mirrors his creative, sophisticated and open minded inner-self.

    In the magazine, Lee revealed to writer Philip Wilding that his interest in art was piqued by notable photographers, like André Kertész, Paul Strandand, and Alfred Stieglitz. He then shifted his sights towards fine art, and discovered this interested on a major U.S. tour with Rush in the late 1980s.

    “It didn’t matter what city I was in, I would go to an art gallery. What kept me sane on that tour was learning about art,” says Lee.

    “You can learn a lot by buying the books and going to every gallery you can and seeing what they have there – letting your eyes take it all in,” he says.

    Lee indicates in the feature story that he got into baseball ephemera because he has long loved the game. And then he found that something like a ball signed in 1917 made him want to look at 1917 America. For him art is the same. Whatever artist you become enamored with you absorb his life and times, the story behind that existence.

    “Case in point, I’m a child of the 50s, so I have great respect for the artists that came in the early part of the 20th century and survived the war,” says Lee. “And their art survived too and has gone on to become important. I think that’s why I’m fascinated by that period of history to a certain extent. They and their work endured. Art goes on and touches us and our history.”

    The four-page feature on Lee is a must-read, according to Sean Rice, who is the magazine’s publisher.

    “From the recording studio to the stage, to his homes filled with the things he is passionate about – wine, baseball and art, Lee is fascinating on every level,” says Rice. “Our feature tells a unique story about Lee and his passions, and Rush fans will no doubt have a closer to the heart experience with Geddy when they read our in-depth feature on him.”
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