Interview: Alex Lifeson Dissects 11 Key Rush Songs, from "Anthem" to "Test For Echo"
The guitarist dissects 11 key Rush songs in terms of guitars, amps, effects and more.
In 2008, Guitar World asked Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson to dissect several key songs from the band's past.
Starting with "Fly By Night" (1975) and ending with "Test for Echo" (1996), he discussed his guitars, amps and effects.
Here's how it went.
Fly by Night (1975)
“We were trying to be quite individual with Fly by Night, which was the first record that Neil, Geddy and I did together. That song was the signature for that album. Coincidentally, the name of our record company, which is Anthem Records in Canada, came from this song.
"Neil [Peart, drummer] was in an Ayn Rand [author of "The Fountainhead"] period, so he wrote the song about being very individual. We thought we were doing something that was different from everybody else.
“I was using a Gibson ES-335 then, and I had a Fender Twin and a Marshall 50-watt with a single 4x12 cabinet. An Echoplex was my only effect.”
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