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Rush men could have park named after them

Rush men Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson could have a park named after them in the place they grew up.

The community council of Willowdale, Toronto, Canada, will be asked to vote next month on whether a “unique creative space” should be named the Lee Lifeson Art Park.

Locals want to mark the fact that their area was the “inspirational backdrop” that fired the prog giants into the big-time.

The musicians – who were last month given honorary doctorates by a Canadian university – have given their blessing to the proposal.

Council Jon Filion tells Inside Toronto: “They were wonderful about it. They asked a lot of questions, and said they’d be honoured to have a park like this named after them.”

The development, set for completion next year, is to be “a celebration of creativity, where people can go to be creative or enjoy others’ creativity,” he adds.

“It’s going to be a really amazing park – a real asset to the community.”

Filion admits he wasn’t a fan of Rush until he began considering naming options. Now he says his favourite track is Subdivisions.

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.