Full Name: Alexander Zivojinovich

Description: Guitarist, songwriter, Producer
Known For: Rush (Band)

Instruments: Guitar, Mandola, Mandolin, and Bouzouki
Music Styles: Hard rock, Progressive rock, Heavy metal

Location: Canada

Date Born: 27th August 1953
Location Born: Fernie, Canada

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Alex Lifeson OC

A Canadian musician, known as the guitarist for the rock group Rush. Lifeson founded Rush in the summer of 1968, and has been an integral member of the three-piece band ever since.

He also performs backing vocals in live performances, and occasionally plays keyboards and bass pedal synthesizers.

Noted instrument – Gibson ES-355

Along with his bandmates Geddy Lee and Neil Peart, Lifeson was made an Officer of the Order of Canada on May 9, 1996. The trio was the first rock band to be so honored, as a group.

Lifeson was primarily influenced by Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Pete Townshend. Lifeson was primarily a self-taught guitarist with the only formal instruction coming from a high school friend in 1971 who taught classical guitar lessons.

Lifeson founded The Big Dirty Band, which he created for the purpose of providing original soundtrack material for Trailer Park Boys: The Movie.

Guitar equipment includes.

Gibson ES-335
Gibson Les Paul and Marshall amplification.
Gibson EDS-1275
Gibson ES-355
Hiwatt amplifiers

phaser and flanger pedals, a Cry Baby Wah Wah, along with Marshall 100 watt Super Lead amplifiers and 4×12 cabinets.

Boss CE-1 Chorus Ensemble and later, the Boss Dimension C.

Fender Stratocaster with a Bill Lawrence high-output humbucker L-500 in the bridge position and a Floyd Rose vibrato bridge.

Hughes & Kettner Triamp MK II and zenTera amplifiers, and cabinets.

Awards include.

Named “Best Rock Talent” by Guitar for the Practicing Musician in 1983
Named “Best Rock Guitarist” by Guitar Player in 1984
Runner-up for “Best Rock Guitarist” in Guitar Player in 1982, 1983, 1985, and 1986
Inducted into the Guitar for the Practicing Musician Hall of Fame, 1991
1996 – Officer of the Order of Canada, along with fellow bandmates Geddy Lee and Neil Peart