RUSH bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee will sign copies of "Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book Of Bass" on a U.S. tour later this month.
July 14 - Nashville, TN - The Basement East
July 15 - St. Louis, MO - Left Bank Books
July 17 - Chicago, IL - Barnes & Noble
July 18 - Boston, MA - Brookline Booksmith
July 19 - Philadelphia, PA - Barnes & Noble
July 20 - Atlanta, GA - Acapella Books
The hosts for the question-and-answer session will be previous RUSH producers Nick Raskulinecz and Peter Collins.
One ticket grants you admission and one copy of "Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book Of Bass" for Geddy to personalize. Candid photos are permitted, but not while at the signing table. Geddy will not sign memorabilia or instruments — only the book.
"Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book Of Bass" was released in December. The standard edition of the 408-page hardcover tome sells for $75 and showcases the bulk of Geddy's personal collection of bass guitars.
Among the instruments showcased in the book are by Fender, Gibson/Epiphone, Rickenbacker, Hofner, Ampeg — and lesser-known-but-influential global luthiers such as Antonio Wandr Pioli, Dan Armstrong and Tony Zemaitis.
Interspersed in the book are interviews by such high-profile players and technicians as John Paul Jones, Adam Clayton, Robert Trujillo, Jeff Tweedy, Bill Wyman, Les Claypool, along with Pete Townshend's legendary guitar tech, Alan Rogan.
In a recent interview with Q104.3's "Out Of The Box With Jonathan Clarke", Lee talked about what he loves about collecting instruments and named a few of his favorites, including a 1961 Fender Precision Bass that was owned by THE WHO's John Entwistle and which Lee acquired with Rogan's help. The other gem of Lee's collection is a pair of 1964 Fender Jazz Basses in decoder red.
"One spent its life under a bed. It's barely been played; it's pristine," he explained. "And the other one pictured beside it I found in Ireland, and it was owned by a single bass player who played in his own Irish show band for 45 years. And when I open the case of that, the first thing that comes out is the smell of cigarettes and beer. And that thing has war wounds, and, oh my god, it took my tech [John 'Skully' McIntosh] weeks to clean that thing up and make it playable. But when you see the two side by side, it really tells such a wonderful story."