Lifeson: Yeah, I think if John was still around, I think an invitation would have gone to him, for sure. He's not, and it's nothing really to do with his family or anything. We did have another guitar player in the band.Smith: When?Lifeson: '71?Smith: What?!Lifeson: Yeah, Mitch Bossi.Smith: Mitch Bossi?Lifeson: Yeah, he was in the band for …Smith: The Mitch Bossi?Lifeson: [Laughs] Yes – the teacher. He was in the band for, I don't know... I think it was three or four months. We were playing clubs and high school dances and stuff like that.Smith: Was this in your movie? I don't remember that.Lifeson: I think. Yeah, Mitch was mentioned in it. There were some photos with the four of us. He was a friend of John's. Mitch was not that great of a guitar player.Smith: You're being nice.Lifeson: He was OK, but not that great.Smith: He could play.Lifeson: He could play.Smith: Chords.Lifeson: John really wanted to go to more of a Bad Company kind of, Small Faces, er, Faces sort of thing. That's the kind of music that he was really into.Smith: Bluesy?Lifeson: Yeah, the English bluesy kind of thing.Smith: He had more of that vibe?Lifeson: We went for a while, for a few months. I remember we were at a rehearsal, and we told Mitch that it wasn't really working out. [Smith laughs] He picked up his stuff, and he left.Smith: Spinal Tap. Was John part of that decision as well?Lifeson: Yeah, John actually made that decision. I remember him saying, "This isn't working out. I'll talk to Mitch." It was at a rehearsal. We were all there. I guess John did the talking.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website has been updated to include their new inductees, including Rush. Unfortunately, co-founder John Rustey, who left the band due to health concerns in 1974 then replaced by Neil Peart, has apparently been excluded from the list of inductees:
"Inductees: Gary Lee Weinrib aka Geddy Lee (vocals, bass; born July 29, 1953), Neil Peart (drums; born September 12, 1952), Alex Zivojinovich aka Alex Lifeson (guitar; born August 27, 1953)" - RockHall.com (thanks to RushIsABand for the headsup!)