Geddy Lee, Rush band members receive honorary doctorate degrees from Canadian college
Story by Jon Liebman | June 19, 2014
Geddy Lee, along with his Rush band mates Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson, has been awarded the degree of “honorary doctorate” from Nipissing University, a public liberal arts college located in North Bay, Ontario, Canada. In a ceremony held last week, the three men became recipients of the Nipissing’s first-ever Doctorate of Music distinction, granted in recognition of their “significant and lasting contribution to live music and performing arts in Canada and worldwide.”
Since the band’s formation in 1968, Rush has sold more than 40 million albums, in addition to having been awarded 24 gold, 14 platinum and three multi-platinum albums. Other distinctions for the trio include induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, being named Officers of the Order of Canada, a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement and induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. “Finally my mother’s dream comes true,” says Lee. She has a doctor for a son. Oy Vey!”
Though inclement weather precluded the guys from attending the actual
ceremony, here’s a look back at last year’s classic Rock Hall acceptance speeches!