Fun Rock & Roll Facts, Part IV: Rush

rushDid You Know…

…that Alex Lifeson tried to get Donald Duck comics banned from Canadian soil because he was offended that he(Donald, not Alex) doesn’t wear pants?

…that singer/bass player/keyboardist Geddy Lee uses his massively fleshy nose, during his time off from RUSH, to help the Canadian government rid the Yukon Territory of the dangerous, troublesome and elusive creature known only as The Gooch? Only Lee, utilizing the impressive powers of his olfactory glands, has been successful in locating its whereabouts.

…that Neil Peart, who is generally regarded as the best rock drummer of all time, and who’s awesome skills with the skins make it sound as if two people are drumming, is actually two people? His mutant twin Kuato, who was never separated from Neil’s belly, is the man responsible for those impossible sounding triplets.

…that Peart’s first attempt to write a book was entitled, “Embarrassing things that might happen to you while using a light saber?” It was universally rejected.

…that guitarist Alex Lifeson is the great, great, great grandson of famous 19th century occultist Madame Blavatsky? It’s a little known fact that Alex has used his inherited skill set once to cure former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau’s facial warts with, a tonic first used on Napoleon III?

…that in Toronto it is illegal to drink beer out of a bucket while you’re sitting on a curb? Lee and Lifeson are responsible for this obscure law after they incited a riot by getting a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman’s horse drunk on Molson Canadian; the horse then went on a violent rampage, absolutely demolishing 14 storefronts on Yongue Street, and hurting exactly 2,112 people in the process. It’s true!

…that Neil Peart once submitted a proposal to the Canadian Mint to develop doughnut shaped fifty-cent pieces?

…that Lifeson can open his mouth wide enough to fit a 4 foot tall child inside?

…that Lee’s Grandfather wrote the song “Zee Lolipop Song” which appeared in the Three Stooges film entitled Wee Wee Monsieur? He still receives royalties to this day!