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Aside from the 1998 live set Different Stages, not much was heard from Rush after their tour wrapped up in support of their last studio album two years prior, Test for Echo. But in 2000, Rush fans starving for some new material got their wish when bassist/singer Geddy Lee issued his first-ever solo album, My Favorite Headache. Lee is joined by ex-Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron (who sounds almost identical to Rush drummer Neal Peart) and ex-FM guitarist/violinist Ben Mink, and both help Lee craft a record that resembles what a new Rush album would've sounded like. The album-opening title track is unquestionably the best cut here — a cacophonic Primus-ish hard rock section switches with a laid-back, symphonic piece — while such rockers as "The Present Tense," "Working at Perfekt," "Home of the Strange," and the ballad "Slipping" could've easily fit on such '90s Rush albums as Counterparts and Test for Echo. My Favorite Headache will help hold over longtime fans of the Canadian prog trio.

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Who exactly wrote "matt cameron who sounds almost identical to Neil Peart" Pleasssse! No disrespect to Matt, but he isn't Neil!


Geddy Lee's solo album is surprisingly good. Musically it's rather different than Rush, but yet familiar enough that fans won't be disappointed. The album was released in 2000 during Rush's six year hiatus, and many fans thought Rush might not be coming back, but "My Favorite Headache" really paved the way for their comeback album "Vapor Trails" I notice lots of similarities between the two. I recommend all Rush fans give it a spin, you might find something you enjoy here.

Geddy is my main man

This solo album doesnt even sound like a solo album it sounds like Rush!!. This is a must have for any hardcore Rush/ Geddy Lee fan.


Born: July 29, 1953 in Willowdale, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Few hard rock bassists have been as influential as Rush's Geddy Lee. Born Gary Weinrib on July 29, 1953, in Toronto, his parents migrated from Europe to Canada and got his nickname "Geddy" from when his mother would try to pronounce "Gary" in her accent. Taking up bass as a teenager and influenced by the likes of the Who's John Entwistle, Cream's Jack Bruce, and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, Lee hooked up with guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer John Rutsey to form the hard rocking trio Rush (Lee...
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