- Parents met in a Polish labor camp during World War II, and immigrated to Canada after being freed from separate concentration camps.
- Got the nickname "Geddy" from his mother's accented pronunciation of his first name, Gary.
- Cofounded Rush in 1968; the band made its studio debut with a self-titled effort in 1974.
- Commercial breakthrough was Rush's 1976 concept album 2112, which turned the band into progressive rock icons.
- Released his first solo album, My Favorite Headache, in 2000, while Rush was on an extended hiatus.