“2112” by Rush was an amalgam of hard rock, progressive rock, science-fiction and Ayn Rand socio-economics right about the same time that The Ramones, The Dead Boys, and Ian Dury and the Blockheads were singing “Sex and Drugs and Rock’n’Roll”. So things were about to get interesting in 1976. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush join me here In the Studio
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In 2012 Rush projected exactly one hundred years into a most uncertain future with this performance of the “2112 Overture/ Temples of Syrinx” medley during what sadly turned out to be one of their last concerts there.
“Music was changing,” Rush lead singer/composer Geddy Lee tells us in this In the Studio episode, and without Lee, guitarist/composer Alex Lifeson, and drummer/lyricist the late Neil Peart embracing the fresh musical ideas in the crosswinds of the early Eighties on “Moving Pictures” with songs “Tom Sawyer”,”Red Barchetta”,”Limelight”, “Vital Signs”, and “Witch Hunt”, it is doubtful that a path to mainstream success would have been cleared forty years ago for later major bands…
Rush soundcheck Dallas November 2012 performing “Limelight”.
When observing potential song subjects for October 1985’s “Power Windows”, Rush lyricist/ drummer the late Neil Peart saw an uncanny number of socio-political issues which have become front page headlines again thirty-five years later.
Rush Manhattan Project
Rush Big Money live Dallas 2012
Rush 40th anniversary interview “Permanent Waves” with Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson
A farewell to Rush drummer/ lyricist Neil Peart
Rush “Spirit of Radio” live 1984