Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson arrested

Jan. 2, 2004 at 12:28 PM
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NAPLES, Fla., Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Alex Lifeson, guitarist for the veteran rock band Rush, was arrested following a New Year's Eve fight at a Naples, Fla., club, Billboard reported Friday.

Sheriff's deputies used a stun gun to halt disorderly, drunken and violent behavior by Lifeson, 50, and his 33-year-old son, Justin Zivojinovich, the report said.

The arrest followed an impromptu performance by Zivojinovich, who jumped on stage with the house band at the Ritz-Carlton 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,'" 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."

The arrest report states that Zivojinovich became verbally abusive after being asked to leave the stage and that Lifeson intervened when a deputy attempted to escort his son from the area.

Zivojinovich said his father, who was still in Collier County jail late Thursday, had his nose broken by deputies.

Lifeson faces charges of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence, and disorderly intoxication.

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