Rush

Incubus Frontman Speaks on What Rush’s Geddy Lee Had to Say About His Band, Reflects on ‘Big’ Black Sabbath Invitation

"We got a call from Geddy Lee from Rush," Brandon Boyd said.

During an appearance on Fan First, Incubus singer Brandon Boyd discussed some of his musical heroes, touching on Rush and Geddy Lee, Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, and more.

When asked, “Who were some of the coolest early fans of your band? You were like, ‘Oh my god, I cannot believe you like us! Sick!’,” Boyd replied (transcribed by UG):

“We got a call from Geddy Lee from Rush, I think he heard [the second Incubus album 1997’s] ‘S.C.I.E.N.C.E.’ and he expressed interest in working with us.

“I’m not sure whatever happened with that, I don’t know why we didn’t because that would have been incredible.

“Learning that Les Claypool from Primus enjoyed what we were doing and wanted to take us out on tour with them, those were two huge ones for us.

“And then being invited to be on the Ozzfest and open up for Black Sabbath, that was also a big one because you just never anticipate that you’ll get to open up for your favorite bands, let alone collaborate with them.

“I was talking about this earlier but one of my favorite tours we’ve ever done was only a couple of years before Chris Cornell passed but we did an Australian run with Soundgarden and Faith No More, and it was a festival thing but we were kind of the three headliners.

“I feel like it was maybe 2015. There are a lot of weird circumstances around the festival that we won’t even talk about but…”

I know the one you’re talking about.

“Anyway, let’s just say that all of these bands I just mentioned, we all did it for free. But it was one of the coolest experiences for me because those are two bands that made me want to be in a band and all the guys in our band.

“We exist as artists because of these bands and so it’s like we would play, I would grab a towel, I’d turn my head this way and watch Soundgarden.

“And then I’d go and change my clothes, have a bite to eat, and go watch Faith No More. And it was sort of like my teenage wet dream come true.”

What would be your musical Mount Rushmore?

“That’s a good question and I know I’m probably going to think of 10 more people, I’m not the type of person that has a favorite singer, a favorite painter, or writer, it’s a list.

“But the first that are coming into mind – you have to have Hendrix up there. Jimi Hendrix has to be in that Rushmore.

“I would also put probably Jeff Buckley in there.”

Did you guys ever hang out?

“I never met Jeff, unfortunately. I would have loved to. Oh god, I suppose I would put Patty Smith in there, maybe P.J. Harvey…”

The queens of rock ‘n’ roll, you just named it. Who is more rock ‘n’ roll than P.J. Harvey? It’s that understated no effort, it’s like when you try and learn a PJ Harvey song, you’re like, ‘No, actually try less hard.’ You have to try underhand hard because she doesn’t try hard at all, it’s like effortless.

“Yeah, she’s incredible. I’ve seen her play a bunch of times too and she blows me away.

“There’s somebody whose voice has been confounding me since I was a teenager, and if your listeners haven’t heard him and they’re interested in people like Jeff Buckley or interested in singers like Serj Tankian or myself, you have to put Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in that Mt. Rushmore.

“He is a Pakistani devotional singer, qawwali singer, it’s called the style of music but he basically was singing songs to god, and he would sing with an accompaniment of other men, and all sitting down on the floor.

“And his voice was you can’t believe it, you don’t even have to like qawwali music or Eastern-sounding music at all, and you would still marvel at this person’s talents. I put him up there too.”

Awesome, once again, it’s a great job for the stonemason, that would be a really fun job – the placement, you’d have to have guitars, there are many questions… Five songs that changed your life?

“Jeff Buckley, the song ‘Grace,’ fucks me up every time still to this day, it just destroys me. Wow, this is a hard question for me.

“Massive Attack, ‘Teardrop’ ruined me in the best possible way. I’m thinking of P.J. Harvey but I don’t have a single P.J. Harvey song that is my favorite, so I’m just gonna say just her, she is a song, we just have her.

“There’s an Ani DiFranco song that I was completely blown away by as a kid that definitely knocked me in a different direction, even subtly, it’s called ‘Napoleon.’

“I always loved that one by her, I think she’s an amazing lyricist, an amazing guitar player. So that’s four.

“And then, I’m gonna regret how many I leave, but I’m doing my best here. And then I would say ‘Head Down’ by Soundgarden from ‘Superunknown.’ That whole record…”

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Back to top button