Alex Lifeson reveals his tone and playing secrets behind 11 landmark Rush tracks

Alex Lifeson of Rush
(Image credit: Future)

Alex Lifeson is often regarded as one of the most underrated electric guitar players of all time, but his progressive playing style and all-encompassing tone inspired generations of guitarists who followed.

In this archive interview, originally printed in Guitar World's November 1996 issue, Lifeson dissects 11 key tracks from the Rush catalogue.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month**

Join now for unlimited access

US pricing $3.99 per month or $39.00 per year

UK pricing £2.99 per month or £29.00 per year 

Europe pricing €3.49 per month or €34.00 per year

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Prices from £2.99/$3.99/€3.49

Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.