April 1, 2004

Not even legendary guitarists are immune to the law. New Year’s Eve at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Florida, was the scene of the arrest of Alex Zivojinovich, a.k.a, Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson. While details of what happened are conflicted and hazy, here’s what we know: Lifeson’s son, Justin, got onstage—uninvited—with the house band; Lifeson somehow sustained a broken nose; a female deputy either fell or was pushed down some stairs; Lifeson, his son, and his son’s wife, Michelle, were all arrested; and Lifeson faces six charges—including aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence, and disorderly intoxication. . . .On a more noble note, mere days after the Kinks’ Ray Davies was given Royal Honors by Queen Elizabeth II, he was shot in the leg in New Orleans. He and a lady friend were walking along Burgundy St., when a pair of thugs grabbed his companion’s purse and made off down the street. Davies started chasing them, and was shot in the process. Within hours after the shooting, one suspect was caught. Davies is expected to recover fully. . . .PASSING NOTES: On November 15, 2003, Speedy West—who Leo Fender once described as the greatest steel guitarist in the world—passed away. He was 79. West appeared on more than 6,000 Capitol Records recordings, and worked extensively with Jimmy Bryant. He was inducted into the International Guitar Hall of Fame in 1980.

—Emily Fasten  

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