Bass / Keyboards / Triggers
Mike’s love for Rush started in 1978 and 2112 – A Tribute to Rush is an ongoing chapter to this nearly 40 year devotion. Mike formed 2112 – A Tribute to Rush in 2004 recruiting Phil Jones and presenting a first show in 2005. One highlight in Mike’s tribute career was being a part of the documentary “For The Love Of Rush” which documented Rush tribute bands in Canada and the USA.
Mike continues his love and devotion to Rush’s fans by arranging and performing Bass Guitar, Keyboards and the complex Effects and Triggers required to accurately and entertainingly emulate the live and studio sound of Rush’s earlier career at every 2112 performance.
Russ first heard Rush in 1976 when a neighbour introduced him to the 2112 recording, it blew him away and he couldn’t get enough. He begged his parents to return to his home town to purchase more RUSH. RUSH quickly became a part of his family and his closest companion as their music filled him emotionally. RUSH also inspired him to pursue a dream of being in a band, Russ was finally offered a vocalist role in a successful touring act called Nasty Klass.
Being the the Geddy for 2112 has rekindled his childhood dream of performing and for what will always be in his heart as the best music he’s heard and grew up with. Russ is a dedicated musician and is a true professional, 2112 welcomes him as he takes on the arduous task of being Geddy Lee, truly “For The Love Of Rush.”
Guitar / Triggers
Phil started playing guitar at age 10. At 19 one of his friends asked how much he remembered, and convinced him to learn a few songs and start a band. To his surprise he enjoyed the process of learning and playing songs, and it was at this time that he realized that he had found his “thing.” Since then he hasn’t looked back and has played in many cover bands, including tributes to The Doors and Stone Temple Pilots.
This is actually Phil’s second tour of duty in 2112. Back in 2005 Phil answered Mike’s call looking for a guitarist, and this was the beginning of 2112. Phil has been a big Rush fan since age 16, when he bought their first live album – All The Worlds A Stage (which blew him away!). Phil is excited to be back in 2112, playing all the great Rush songs he loves.
Drums / Percussion
Ron showed an immense interest in the drums at the age of 7. By the age of 12, he was playing mostly a progressive style of rock ( including Rush). By 1984, he was on the road full time, travelling across Canada and through the States entertaining audiences with original music and flawless covers of some of the most talented drummers in the music world.
By 1991, he joined a band called “The Game”( now called Hunter)… playing classic rock from the 70’s and 80’s. They have played to loyal audiences from the early 90’s to present day, establishing a large fan base in the Barrie, Collingwood and Wasaga Beach area. In 2015, Ron was approached to join 2112 – A Tribute To Rush . Ron shows great respect for the ultimate percussive (and lyricist) talent of Neil Peart. Ron has painstaking collected a close reproduction of Peart’s extensive percussive kit to combine with his own experienced talent that expresses his love of Rush and Rush’s faithful at every 2112 gig.