Razor-voiced Brian Johnson will be presented with an honorary doctorate by Northumbia University in England on Wednesday (July 9) to commemorate his contributions to music. Why England? Because Brian was born in nearby Dunston, which is just down the river.
Johnson’s doctorate will come as part of the graduation ceremony for the Engineering and Environment faculties. He’ll be joined in receiving a degree alongside a lawyer and a racial equality campaigner.
The members of Rush got their honorary doctorates from Nipissing University in North Bay last month. Now they’re getting a park. Toronto councilor John Filion thinks that a new bit of green space next to the North York Centre subway station should be called “Lee Lifeson Art Park” in honour of the fact that Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson grew up in the area.
So far, the bureaucracy seems to be working in Rush’s favour. The park is set to open next year.