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Way to go, Alex!

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    Way to go, Alex!

    Naples, Florida-AP -- The lead guitarist for the rock band Rush is in trouble after an alleged brawl with sheriff's deputies in Naples, Florida.

    The guitarist -- known by his stage name Alex Lifeson -- was arrested for what deputies describe as drunken, violent behavior at a hotel in Naples on New Year's Eve.



    Deputies say they had to use a stun gun on the 50-year-old, who's facing battery and other criminal charges. His 33-year-old son was also arrested.



    An arrest report says the scuffle started when the son refused to leave a stage. He says deputies broke his father's nose.



    He also denied that his dad threw a female deputy down a set of stairs, as the arrest report says. He says she fell down the stairs while pushing the guitarist.
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    Re: Way to go, Alex!

    HOLY SHEEEUT!!

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    Re: Way to go, Alex!

    A little more information plus his booking photo here:

    http://www.canoe.ca/JamMusic/jan2_lifeson-ap.html

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    Re: Way to go, Alex!

    Very sad. He's too old for that kind of foolishness. I've always looked up to those guys as level headed and serious artists. This is very disappointing.
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    Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson arrested in drunken rage

    From blabbermouth.net:

    John Henderson of Naples Daily News is reporting that RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson faces criminal charges after a scuffle with Collier County sheriff's deputies at The Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Florida on New Year's Eve.

    Lifeson, a.k.a. Alex Zivojinovich, a founding member of RUSH, was arrested after what deputies describe as a drunken, violent outbreak at the posh hotel.

    Zivojinovich 50, faces six charges that include aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence, and disorderly intoxication. Also arrested in the brouhaha were his 33-year-old son Justin Zivojinovich and Justin's wife, Michelle, 30.

    Deputies say they had to use a stun gun on Alex Zivojinovich and his son during the fracas. And in their reports they accuse Alex Zivojinovich of pushing a female deputy down a hotel stairwell during the struggle, and of spitting blood on a deputy's face.

    But his son Justin, who was visiting his father on vacation from Canada, gave a very different account of what happened during an interview Thursday night.

    He said his father, who was still in the Collier County jail as of late Thursday, had his nose broken by deputies, and as he was spitting out the blood from the injuries, deputies assaulted him again. He also said his father did not push the female deputy down the stairs as stated in arrest reports.

    Instead, Justin Zivojinovich said, the deputy tumbled down the stairs as she pushed him down the stairwell.

    He said the trouble began after he got up on the stage where the house band was performing at the hotel.

    "I was singing Happy New Year's, that's all I was doing, singing to the whole crowd. That's all I said, 'Happy New Year,'" Justin Zivojinovich said. "Everyone was enjoying themselves. That's when someone apparently started yelling for one of the security guards. There was no violence on our part.

    "I was ready to leave. I was asked to leave, and I said, 'OK, I'm going to go. I'll grab my wife and be out of there.' They didn't want that. They didn't want me to leave on a high note. They felt they would lose. They decided to aggravate me. They stunned me, as well as my father, with a stun gun."

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