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Rush-Signals 35th anniversary-Geddy Lee, Neil Peart, Alex Lifeson

By 1981, Rush had built a fiercely loyal fan base through eight albums, only one of which did not sell more than its predecessor, and road-dog touring, all the while honing their chops,  their arrangements, and lyrical themes into  laser-tight focus. These efforts finally resulted in Rush’s worldwide blockbuster Moving Pictures.  So what did the band do for the follow-up when all of their hard work paid off ?

They changed.  Because the album also contained the the Top Ten hit “New World Man” and sold over a million copies in its first two months, there is tendency to assume that Signals  was easily embraced by all of the Rush faithful.

It wasn’t. With back-to-back million sellers Permanent Waves   in 1980 and then the massive Moving Pictures, Rush risked their new-found fame and fortune with the 1982 album Signals, expanding their sound with new instrumentation and additional layers of sound on songs “Subdivisions”,”The Analog Kid”,”Chemistry”, and “The Weapon”. But if they had not challenged themselves and their fans by continuing to innovate and explore all four corners of the studio with their evolving sound on  Signals in September 1982 , would there even have bene a Rush in the 21st century? Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart all weigh in for this classic rock interview.- Redbeard