Alex Lifeson Named Greatest Canadian Guitarist

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.

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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."

40 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Face R1pper
    I'm sure they could have fit Jeff Waters somewhere on that list.
    Eclectic Lizard
    Agreed The dudes from Striker are good too although not top 10 yet
    Face R1pper
    Striker, Cauldron, and Skull Fist all have excellent potential. Give them ten more years to prove themselves and I wouldn't doubt their presence on such a list.
    CronoMagus
    Jeff Waters gets no respect. At least he is a really cool guy that doesnt let it get to him ever.
    ibanez124
    This is awesome news, Lifeson doesn't nearly get the credit that he deserves.
    facebagel
    All the spots should have been filled by Alex Lifeson and the nine fingers he plays guitar with
    chop74
    Jeff Martin (Tea Party and Solo) I think it is a big miss, purely on his technical skill. Then with his songwriting and the impact and variation of the Tea Party but him over the top. Hard to say who he should replace though...
    Niamorg
    No Devin Townsend? No Jeff Waters? Two of the greatest masterminds of metal...
    GenerationKILL
    No Jeff Waters?! Where's Piggy from Voivod?! I guess if it isn't safe for the CBC it doesnt make the list. BIASED!!!
    scawti
    Missing a few like Jeff Waters and Tim Roth. Bruce Cockburn is more of a writer than guitar great... I still would place Alex as number one.
    Obama FTW
    How about Greatest Canadian person..?
    Kenjamin91
    There was a whole series based on that. Trudeau, Terry Fox, and Tommy Douglas were top 3. Lifeson didn't even crack top 10 .