Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson receive Key to Toronto

Bassist Geddy Lee and Guitarist Alex LifesonGeddy Lee, Alex Lifeson receive Key to Toronto

New city park also named after Rush founders

By David Sands
September 20, 2016

The mayor of Toronto bestowed some major honors on Rush’s singer-bassist Geddy Lee and his guitar-playing bandmate Alex Lifeson last week, handing them the Key to the City  Saturday (Sept. 17) during a ceremony that drew hundreds despite pouring rain.

What’s more, the two legendary Canadian prog rockers —who were protected on stage from the downpour by a sturdy tent — received the prestigious object during the grand opening of a new city park named after them.

“We’re obviously thrilled and amazed that someone would want to do something like this and put our names on it, and we’re really happy for the community that there’s some investment arts and leisure for this neighbourhood,” Billboard reported Lee as saying.

The park features a outdoor stage and ampitheatre, interactive sculptures and an enormous mosaic portrait of the two Rush founders. Lee and Lifeson launched the band in the Toronto’s Willowdale neighborhood in 1968.

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