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The 2 bands Geddy Lee said should be in the Rock Hall of Fame

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The 2 bands Geddy Lee said should be in the Rock Hall of Fame

Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as members of Rush back in 2013. The Hall has existed since 1983 and has always been a matter of discussion between Rock fans, mainly because several incredible bands still weren’t inducted decades later they were already eligible for the induction.


The Rush frontman agrees with those fans and revealed during his spoken-word to promote his autobiography “My Effin’ Life” which are the 2 bands that should already be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He listed (Transcribed by Rock and Roll Garage) the groups after a fan asked that question in Cleveland, Ohio in December, 2023.

The 2 bands Geddy Lee said should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Jethro Tull

Geddy Lee has always been a huge fan of Jethro Tull and one of the bands he chose was them. “There are a lot of bands that come to mind but the first band of course is Jethro Tull. I mean, I love Jethro Tull so much. They were so inspirational to me and I talk aboult this in the book. About how our careers were elongated and we had another chance after Neil’s tragedies to come back on the road.”

“So much loosened up about our stage show and we started to become more comfortable with ourselves. (Also started to) bring more of our sense of humor into the films we produced and etc. A lot of that was inspired by when I used to go see Jethro Tull play. Because they were really funny.”

He continued:

“I mean, their staging was elaborate, their music was complicated and they had a great sense of humor. They would interrupt a song to read the news, you know. They had all kinds of Monty Phyton episodes on their shows. (Me and my friend Oscar heard ‘Thick as a Brick’ so many times when we were young) that we could even recite the whole album. So the fact that they are not in the Hall of Fame is just plain wrong. The fact that we are there before them is just plain wrong. So I hope they will correct that one day,” Geddy Lee said.

Jethro Tull was formed in Luton, Bedfordshire, England back in 1967 and since then they have released 23 studio albums. As Geddy said, they are one of the most influential bands of all time. The group have sold an estimated amount of more than 60 million records worldwide. They are still active and the only member of the band who was part of all their releases is the multi-instrumentalist and singer Ian Anderson.

Geddy Lee had the chance to see them playing live in Canada when they were promoting their 1972 album “Thick as a Brick”. At the time Rush still hadn’t recorded their self-titled debut album and was still playing in the bar circuit. Since many British bands scheduled concerts in Canada whenever they went to the United States, Lee had the chance to see many incredible acts still playing in small clubs in the early days.

King Crimson

The other band chosen by Geddy is King Crimson, formed in London, England back in 1968 and led by the guitarist Robert Fripp. They have released 13 studio albums and have sold an estimated amoukindnt of more than a million albums worldwide. Although they haven’t sold many records they were a huge influence to countless Progressive Rock bands that appeared after them.

“But the other band that comes to mind is King Crimson. I mean, King f*cking Crimson, the most influential Progressive Rock band of all time. Anyway, so those two bands were hugely influential to generations of players. So many will point to the people in that band. So thanks for your question, that’s my answer,” Geddy Lee said.

The band stopped touring in 2021 when they said that the rising cost of services during the Pandemic and the old age of several band members prevented them from continuing to tour. Their last line-up had the classic members Robert Fripp and Mel Collins.

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