Alex Lifeson

Alex Lifeson
OC
Lifeson performing in 2007
Lifeson performing in 2007
Background information
Birth nameAleksandar Živojinović
Born (1953-08-27) 27 August 1953 (age 67)
Fernie, British Columbia, Canada
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres
Occupation(s)
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active1963–present
Labels
Associated acts
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Aleksandar Živojinović,[1] OC (born 27 August 1953) better known by his stage name Alex Lifeson, is a Canadian musician, songwriter, and record producer, best known as the guitarist and backing vocalist of the progressive rock band Rush. In 1968, Lifeson co-founded the band that would later become Rush, with drummer John Rutsey and bassist and lead vocalist Jeff Jones. Jones was replaced by Geddy Lee a month later, and Rutsey was replaced by Neil Peart in 1974.

With Rush, Lifeson played electric and acoustic guitars, as well as other string instruments such as mandola, mandolin, and bouzouki. He also performed backing vocals in live performances, and occasionally played keyboards and bass pedal synthesizers. Like the other members of Rush, Lifeson performed real-time on-stage triggering of sampled instruments.[2] Along with his bandmates Geddy Lee and Neil Peart, Lifeson was made an Officer of the Order of Canada on 9 May 1996. The trio was the first rock band to be so honoured as a group.[3] In 2013, he was inducted with Rush into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.[4] Lifeson was ranked 98th on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time[5] and third (after Eddie Van Halen and Brian May) in a Guitar World readers' poll listing the 100 greatest guitarists.[6]

The bulk of Lifeson's work in music has been with Rush, although Lifeson has contributed to a body of work outside the band as well. Aside from music, Lifeson has been a painter, a licensed aircraft pilot, and the part-owner of a Toronto bar and restaurant called The Orbit Room.[7]

  1. ^ "Alex Lifeson". Rush.com. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Onstagemag.com". Onstagemag.com. Archived from the original on 18 October 2002. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  3. ^ "RUSH Biography". Maplemusic.com. Archived from the original on 15 July 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  4. ^ Andy Greene (4 October 2012). "Rush, Public Enemy, Deep Purple Nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Alex Lifeson - 100 Greatest Guitarists". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Readers Poll Results: The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". Guitar World. Archived from the original on 22 May 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Alex Lifeson Biography". 2112.net. Archived from the original on 12 October 2007. Retrieved 20 September 2007.