Rush may have recently disregarded their nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by calling the event a "popularity contest", but that hasn’t stopped accolades for the band coming in from other sources. Specifically, CBC Radio, Canada’s national broadcaster, have named guitarist Alex Lifeson as the Greatest Canadian Guitarist in a new in-house poll.
CBC has issued the following statement about the list:
"The list spans several genres and generations. Some were chosen for their raw talent, others for their musical impact and some for their ingenuity. There are a few surprises and a few omissions. In fact, there are many amazing guitarists who belong on this list, but there are only 25 spots. If your favourite guitar player isn’t on the list, we can assure you they were probably number 26 this time around."
The top 25 was compiled by a panel of CBC producers and hosts and was created to coincide with the station’s Guitar Month. The top ten of the 25 is displayed below:
Greatest Canadian Guitarists
CBC Radio – November 2012
01 – Alex Lifeson (Rush)
02 – Jeff Healey
03 – Robbie Robertson
04 – Bruce Cockburn
05 – Neil Young
06 – Rik Emmett (Triumph)
07 – Joni Mitchell
08 – Lenny Breau
09 – Randy Bachman (The Guess Who, BTO)
10 – Luke Doucet
The full top 25 was well as the shortlist of Canadian guitarists can be found at CBC’s website.
Alex Lifeson noted in a recent interview that the band were more honoured to receive the Governor General's Performing Arts Award than they were to be nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "That's really the highest accolade you can get in this country for the performing arts, and it's recognized nationally, and I felt so proud as a Canadian to be in this esteemed group of artists that have been there for the last 20 years."