Rush singer and bassist Geddy Lee spoke in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine and mentioned how he was inspired by Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones.
He said that ‘he was such an influential player in my life’. Here’s the statement:
“First of all, he’s an incredibly lovely guy. If you ever have the opportunity to sit down with one of your heroes, it’s never an easy situation — it’s always a bit nerve-racking, and you never know what to expect.
John, for example, was perfect for me because a) he was such an influential player in my life; b) he plays what I consider the greatest period of Fender Jazz Bass, a ’62, on all those early ZEP albums; and c) he’s a lovely guy. He’s the perfect combination of someone to interview.“
“He took my request very seriously. I sent him a letter saying, ‘Here’s what I’m doing. I would love to sit down with you for an hour and talk about your first or favorite instrument.’ He showed up at my place in the U.K., paid for his own taxi, brought two basses with him, came over for the afternoon. He originally used this bass that he no longer owned.
He actually tracked one down and purchased it so he could show me what his original bass was like. That shows the level of seriousness of the person. We just had a great talk. What I really wanted to get out of people like him and Bill Wyman were their memories and motivation — what was it like in the early ’60s to go shopping for a bass?
We’re talking about basses that are 50, 60 years old now, but there are a few guys around still who knew what was available to a young player in London in the late ’50s, early ’60s. What kind of basses did you dream of owning? How were these basses that are in the book acquired, and could you afford to acquire them? All these bassists began their lives on cheaper instruments, and they made do with what they could get and aspired to these better ones. It was really fascinating.”
Click here to entire interview via Rolling Stone magazine.