Speaking to “Q on CBC” radio, Rush’s bassist Geddy Lee has shared his thoughts about playing bass guitar, and revealed the story of how he started to play bass guitar.

He also praised The Beatles’ legendary bassist Paul McCartney, and revealed why McCartney is so important for rock music. Here’s the statement:

“I think about McCartney on [The Beatles’ 1969 track] ‘Something,’ I think that was the first time I ever heard the bass as a lead instrument.

That’s not uncommon in the early days of pop. There were a lot of so-called lead lines, but they’re played down with the dulcet tones, the lower tones, and so people don’t really appreciate that a lot of content as a lead instrument, but it really is doing that job.”

On why he started with bass guitar, he said:

“No one becomes a bass player willingly. You get voted to be the bass player when the bass player that was chosen originally quits. In my case, we were in a little basement band, only it wasn’t a basement band, it was an apartment-bedroom band.

And the guy that was supposed to play bass with us, his mother really didn’t like him associating with us, so he left. And then they all looked at me and said, ‘Okay, you’re going to be the bass player.’

I went to my mom and I begged her to lend me like $30 so I could buy a bass, and that’s how it all started.”

Watch the entire interview below. Click here to source of the statement.