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JB's Top Five Bass Players - #5
June 11, 2009

Before I get started on the list please let me explain this is not a measure of technical ability or record sales or anything. This is just lists about musicians I like that play my favorite instrument - The Bass. I do have to give a massive shout out to Geezer, he's not on the list, but we all have to talk about the influence. On with the show:

My #5 favorite bass player is none other then fellow Canadian Geddy Lee.

Geddy is the bass player, keyboardist, and vocalist of the legendary Rush. There is a massive debate about weather they are Heavy Metal, but I really don't care. The things Geddy can do on a bass are simply amazing, specially considering he has dryers spinning in the background.

Geddy joined Rush in 1968 and started on an epic career that has spanned 40 years, 24 gold records, 14 platinum records (many multi), and sold more then 40 million records worldwide. Quite an accomplishment for a small town boy from Ontario Canada that wasn't even originally in the band. After the original voice of Rush quit the band founding member and guitarist Alex Lifeson was close friends with Lee and asked him to join the band. The rest is history.

Geddy has had great influence on bass players including Cliff Burton and Steve Harris. When you have two major heavy hitters from Metallica and Iron Maiden saying you were one of the reason they picked up the instrument you must be damn good. With all that aside Geddy technically is superior to most and includes samples that give the songs the in studio feel that fans dream of. Most Rush concerts average about 3 hours so the stamina these boys have built up is nothing short or amazing. I can sit here and list the virtues of Geddy all day butů

The main reason he is #5 on my list is respect. I respect what he has done and what he will do. Cheers Geddy Lee you rock.

Show your horns,

JB Martell