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Rush Guitarist Alex Lifeson Headlines Nashville Charity Event

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson was in Nashville on Tuesday for a charity event to benefit Music City’s music programs.

The event took place at the Gibson Garage in downtown Nashville. Lifeson was on hand to support musical artists and programs at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital in Vanderbilt and Room in the Inn, both of which provide vital services to the Nashville community.

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Lifeson said he knows how difficult and demanding it is for music organizations to deliver the service they provide.

“Rather than accepting these royalties and applying them at home, why not keep them in the community? I’m not from Nashville but I’ve been there many times… If I get support, at least from organizations here to help local people, because the source of funds is local, it’s because of the work and hands of the people who work here,” Lifeson explained.

Gibson gives gives back to local organizations and last September the foundation donated $300,000 to Metro Nashville Public Schools.

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Lifeson recently reunited with bandmate Geddy Lee for the first time since drummer Neil Peart died in 2020. They teamed up for a surprise appearance with Matt Stone and Primus in South Park at the 25th Anniversary Concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater for a performance of “Closer to the Heart.”