I’ll start by being frank. I knew almost nothing about Rush up until two weeks ago. What I did know, I had learned from the single Rush fan I know and the Paul Rudd/Jason Segel vehicle, I Love You, Man (a great movie, by the way; I suggest it to anyone who likes to laugh). Learning more about them, however, has been a real pleasure. Am I ready to buy every Rush t-shirt on the market and walk around with the Starman logo tattooed to my face just yet? No. But, I am prepared to tell you why you (yes you) just might love Rush, after all.
You might love Rush if:
You Respect Good Musicianship
You may be wondering how a three person band can have such a full sound. The answer: Geddy Lee’s feet. Ok, there’s more to it than that, but the man has been known to play foot pedals and keyboards while also rocking the bass and wailing away with that iconic voice. Lifeson is no slouch either and, if you’ve never seen a video of Neal Peart playing a drum solo, well…watch a video of Neal Peart playing a drum solo. Finished? Great. Yes, that was a full circle of drums and, yes, he played all of them.
You Like Lyrics that Make You Think
It’s not often that a band can rock as hard as Rush and still come out with thoughtful, quality lyrics that really speak to the audience. Songs like Fly by Night, Free Will, and Working Man all address the need to rise above the apparent restrictions and limitations of life as we know it. At the same time, they are encouraging glimpses into the fight for freedom of both body and spirit. But don’t take my word for it. You could just listen to them…
You Appreciate an Underdog
If you’re like me, you tend to think of Rush as kind of niche market sort of band. To put it simply, they were nerd rock before that was really a thing. Ask me if I like Rush and I ask what your high score on Pacman is. That’s not really much of an exaggeration either. The song Tom Sawyer actually directly references the game Space Invaders. Let it never be said that Rush didn’t know who they were playing to.
You Respect a Track Record of Success
Did I say Rush played to a niche market? Because they also happen to have garnered the third most consecutive gold or silver records in history (coming in after the Beatles and the Rolling Stones). They’ve sold 40 million albums worldwide and 25 million in the US alone. Oh, yeah, and they’ve just been inducted into this little club called the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. If that’s not enough reason to give them a shot, I just don’t know what could be.
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If you want to learn more about Rush, you can find more info on their Artist Page.