Rush Singer Geddy Lee Unearths New Music

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and Rush lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist Geddy Lee has unveiled “The Lost Demos,” a duo of previously unreleased solo tracks now accessible on all major streaming platforms.

These demos, “Gone” and “I Am…You Are,” were initially recorded by Geddy during the creative sessions for his solo debut album, “My Favorite Headache,” released in 2000. After two decades, Geddy, with the assistance of producer/engineer David Bottrill, has brought these unreleased gems to light, presenting them in a properly mixed and mastered format.

Reflecting on the project, Geddy expressed his excitement, stating, “I’m thrilled to see these two ‘lost demos’ released. I loved the songs when they were written, and in some ways, they feel as fresh and perhaps more relevant all these years later.”

Both tracks encapsulate the essence of the classic “My Favorite Headache,” which originally hit the airwaves on November 14, 2000. Serving as co-producer, Geddy shaped the album in Toronto, Vancouver, and Seattle, accompanied by multi-instrumentalist and co-producer Ben Mink, as well as drummer Matt Cameron (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam). The album has since become a fan favorite.

In a recent interview with Q104.3’s “Out Of The Box With Jonathan Clarke,” Geddy recounted the discovery of two unfinished demo songs from the late 1990s. One, titled “Gone,” was penned after the tragic passing of RUSH drummer Neil Peart’s daughter, Selena Taylor. The second, “I Am… You Are,” explored the complexities of relationships and was left incomplete. Geddy’s revisiting of these demos sparked a creative revival, leading to their proper mixing and mastering.

Geddy elaborated, “I was amazed how they stood up. So I asked my friend and part-time RUSH producer David Bottrill to come in and have a listen to him. And he came over and sat down and, well, he loved them and he loved how raw they were and he loved how honest he thought the vocals were — very different from the other things that are on the album.”

These lost demos are featured on the “My Effin’ Life” audiobook and will be released to radio. Geddy expressed his hope that listeners will enjoy these rediscovered musical treasures, affectionately dubbed the “lost demos.”

Geddy Lee, renowned for his role in RUSH, has previously released only one solo album, “My Favourite Headache,” during a period of uncertainty for the band’s future. The album was recorded during a five-year break from touring following the tragic deaths of Neil Peart’s daughter and wife.

In tandem with the release of “The Lost Demos,” Geddy introduces his new docuseries, “Geddy Lee Asks: Are Bass Players Human Too?,” exclusively available on Paramount+. The docuseries features Geddy engaging in captivating conversations with iconic bass players, including Les Claypool, Krist Novoselic, Robert Trujillo, and Melissa Auf Der Maur.

2023 has been a prolific year for Geddy, with the release of his acclaimed autobiography, “My Effin’ Life,” which debuted at No. 3 on the New York Times Bestseller List. Additionally, he conducted a popular “In Conversation” and fan question-and-answer series across North America, joined by surprise moderators such as Paul Rudd, Jack Black, Eric McCormack, Jay Baruchel, Matt Cameron, Krist Novoselic, and more.

Looking ahead, 2024 marks the 50th anniversary of Rush’s gold-certified self-titled debut album, “Rush.” Fans can anticipate news of various celebrations in honor of R50 coming soon.

About Dustin Schumacher

Dustin is a reporter for Desperate Times that loves all forms of music ranging from Disco to Grunge to Hardcore to Rap and Pop music. DJ is also a musician. Dustin's hobbies include bodybuilding, fashion, fragrances, and watching professional wrestling. His favorite band is Alice In Chains. Dustin has reported for Alternative Nation, Britpopnews, and Wrestling-Edge. You can contact us at Desperate Times at grungereport

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