Alex Lifeson's "Cherry Lopez Lullaby" Was Inspired by Weed

The Rush guitarist wrote the song while mixing final album 'Clockwork Angels'

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Oct 29, 2021

Outside of teasing new project Envy of None, Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson has begun clearing his personal vault of archival demos and rarities, the latest of which was named after a cannabis strain dubbed "Cherry Lopez."

Lifeson's sufficiently stoned "Cherry Lopez Lullaby" can be heard in the player below, and as he explains in a statement, the dreamy track was written during mixing sessions in Los Angeles for what would be Rush's final album, 2012's Clockwork Angels

The guitarist shares that during those sessions, "I did an interview with High Times and the interviewer brought along a friend, an esteemed grower who provided a sample of his creation named Cherry Lopez."

"Because I was on an EST body clock, I was up most mornings @ 5:00 AM. I'd order coffee, sit on my hotel room balcony, read the paper and wake-and-bake, then dive into making some fun sounds while the city was waking up," Lifeson recalled. "I had some borrowed acoustic and electric guitars for the duration, thankfully, as sitting around waiting to go to the studio was tedious and certainly, a bowl of Cherry kept my appetite healthy."

Back in June, Lifeson shared new songs "Kabul Blues" and "Spy House," which were later revealed to be tunes for new band Envy of None.

Earlier this year, Lifeson launched a Rush beer with Toronto's Henderson Brewing. It was recently revealed that the artist's Rush bandmate and longtime friend Geddy Lee is writing memoirs.

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