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This Canadian heavy rock band was formed in late 1968 by Alex Lifeson (Alexander Zivojinovich, 27 August 1953, Fernie, British Columbia, Canada; guitar), John Rutsey (b. 1953, Canada, d. 11 May 2008, Canada; drums), and Jeff Jones (bass/vocals), although the latter was quickly replaced by Geddy Lee (b. Gary Lee Weinrib, 29 July 1953, Willowdale, Toronto, Canada; bass/vocals). From 1969 to 1972 the trio performed in Toronto playing a brand of Cream -inspired material, honing their act on the local club and bar circuit. In 1973, they recorded a version of Buddy Holly’s ‘Not Fade Away’ as their debut release, backing it with ‘You Can’t Fight It’, for their own label, Moon Records. Despite failing to grab the attention as planned, the band pressed ahead with the recording of a debut album, which was remixed by Terry ‘Broon’ Brown (he would continue to work with the band until 1984’s Grace Under Pressure.) With no bite from...

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