“Neil looking for Geddy and Alex” is how the ad in the ‘musician’s wanted’ classifieds section of a local music magazine in Nashville read. Drummer, Derek Dineen, was looking to create a true RUSH tribute act, that would be indicative of the Canadian power trio in every way. The idea was to give the audience as close to an experience of seeing RUSH as possible.
Bass player Craig Weinrib, who considers Geddy Lee one of his prominent influences responded and was thrilled to meet someone with the same vision and determination in forming a tribute project.
Guitarist, Scott Gravil, who had previously played in an Ozzy tribute act, as well as a RUSH tribute band in Cleveland (the commute from Nashville took almost 11 hours), ran into Derek one night and began talking about the band. Being that Counterparts' previous guitarist, Pete Neyra, had relocated to Florida, the band was more than ready to begin playing again after a four year hiatus.
The three musicians, dubbed Counterparts, continue to focus on their intent to pay tribute to one of the most prolific and influential bands in the modern rock era. Striving to ensure the sound indicative to RUSH, the band took pains to acquire the equipment to best reproduce the music and stage presence.
Derek, Craig and Scott, accomplished musicians with both performing and recording experience, were extra critical of every aspect of the voice, bass, guitars, keys and drums in each song selected for their repertoire. Knowing how dedicated and informed RUSH’s fan base is, Counterparts leaves nothing to the imagination.
– Vocals, Bass,
Keyboards, MIDI Pedals
Influences: Geddy Lee, Billy Sheehan, Chris Squire, Steve Harris, John Entwhistle, John Paul Jones
Derek Dineen –
Scott Gravil –
Guitars, MIDI Pedals, Backing Vocals
Scott grew up in Louisville, KY, and began playing guitar at the young age of 9, under the mentoring of his uncle, Ruben Morris. His musical influences started with the likes of Kiss, Ted Nugent, AC/DC and Ozzy. At 13, he discovered RUSH and has been a fan ever since. More than a decade ago, Scott began the learning the music, acquiring the proper gear for the sole purpose of putting a RUSH tribute band together. Several years ago, he began driving back and forth to Cleveland, OH to play with 2112. He is now thrilled to be playing with Counterparts here in Nashville, TN.
Influences: Alex Lifeson, Randy Rhodes, Steve Howe, Stevie Ray Vaughn, George Lynch, Jimmy Page and Ted Nugent.