Geddy Lee is on the road again in Canada.
But not in the way fans of his beloved Toronto prog-rock outfit Rush — who packed it in after four decades following the final show of their R40 tour on Aug. 1, 2015 at the L.A. Forum — might imagine.
The 65-year-old bassist-singer is making his way across the country to promote Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book of Bass, a glossy, 400-page book that includes photos of his own massive bass collection, its history and interviews with fellow famous bassists like the Rolling Stones’ Bill Wyman, Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, U2’s Adam Clayton and Metallica’s Robert Trujillo.
The book, co-written with Daniel Richler, came about because Lee began collecting basses “in earnest around 2012” and now owns about 280 of them along with 80 guitars.
“It was so hard to find information and I thought, ‘You know what? There’s a real hole in the world of books about vintage instruments when it comes to the bass guitar,’” said Lee.