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Rush: A Brief History of Time
Presented here is a collection of old Rush articles and interviews which I've dubbed Rush: A Brief History of Time. The items reflected below were provided by long-time reader and site contributor Heiko Klages of Germany, reader RushFanForever, Eric Hansen from Power Windows, Ed Stenger from RushIsABand and Patrick Vella. They were all gracious enough to share some of these rare glimpses into the beginnings of Rush and I'm certain you'll enjoy them as well.
This collection is currently presented in seven parts with introductions into each piece. There is also a chronological listing of all of the articles at the bottom of this page.
Table of Contents
Part I - (Published on April 16th, 2009)
Part II - (Published on May 25th, 2009)
Part III - (Published on September 25th, 2009)
Part IV - (Published on February 28th, 2010)
Part V - (Published on August 5th, 2010)
Part VI - (Published on September 23rd, 2010)
Part VII - (Published on April 14th, 2011)
Part VIII - (Published on January 19th, 2012)
Part IX - (Published on July 12th, 2012)
Part X - (Published on January 27th, 2013)
Part XI - (Published on October 23rd, 2013)
Chronological Listing of All Articles
Part I - Originally published on April 16th, 2009
An article titled Rush: Deadly Serious About Their Music, by John Ayearst, was originally published back on March 21, 1974. This early article is one of the few that discusses the band with late, original drummer John Rutsey. The article is in two parts and can be read here: Page 1 --- Page 2.
Next up is a very early review of Rush's debut album called Rush Rock Sound Crisp and Strong by Bill Provick which originally appeared in the May 30th, 1974 edition of The (Ottawa) Citizen.
Later in 1974, Rush made what was probably their first appearance in Billboard Magazine with this articled titled Rush Hot On Circuit. This uncredited short article appeared in the October 19th, 1974 edition of Billboard and includes a rare picture of the band with Neil Peart. Alongside the band are Joe McHugh and Greg McCutcheon of "ATI"; the organization who booked Rush for their early, New York gigs. Also included in the picture is Rush's first "American" manager Ira Blacker. All three are mentioned in the liner notes from Rush's debut album.
In March of 1975, the Music Canada Quarterly Magazine published a two-page spread on the band titled A Rush of Sound by Cliff Lorimer. There are a lot of interesting tidbits in this article including how, early on, the band was confused with other bar bands/trios who were also called Rush. Also of interest is the mention that, even back in 1975, Rush was thinking about recording a live album at Toronto's Massey Hall. About 15 months after this article was published, Rush did end up recording their first live album at Massey. We, of course, all know it as All The World's A Stage.
A Rush of Sound can be read here: Cover --- Page 1 --- Page 2.
Next up is a short article/review simply titled Rush written by Geoff Barton. Mr. Barton is also well known for having penned the "words" behind both the 2112 Tour Book as well as the first volume of Rush: The Words and the Pictures.
The March 1976 edition of Creem (America's Only Rock 'n' Roll) Magazine included a two-page article called Rush: Pebbles & Bam-Bam in Alphaville by Rick Johnson. Yep, you read that title correctly. Of course, any article that begins with...
"The first thing you notice about Rush, according to one observer, is that they're not as gross-looking as Bachman-Turner Overdrive and they have a somewhat lower thud weight than most other Canadian bands.
...has to be, well, interesting. Check out the entire, interesting read here: Cover --- Page 1 --- Page 2.
Here's an early advertisement for Rush's breakthrough concept album '2112'.
Next comes an article titled How To Click Without Airplay. Published in the December 22nd, 1976 edition of Variety, this article, sub-titled Canadian Rock Trio, Rush, Brushed Off By Radio Station, But Sells Records is an interesting look back at how Rush, against all odds, did succeed. Apologies for the poor quality of the scanned article.
Part II - Originally published on May 25th, 2009
Here's a fantastic 7-page article which appeared in the January 1975 edition of The Canadian Composer - a bilingual monthly music magazine. The article, titled Rush: Living the Rock and Roll Lifestyle was written by Richard Flohil and is presented below in both English and French-Canadian.
Rush: Living the Rock and Roll Lifestyle can be read here: Cover --- Page 2 --- Page 4 --- Page 5 --- Page 6 --- Page 7 --- Page 8 --- Page 9 --- Page 10 --- Page 11
Up next is a short, uncredited article which appeared in the April 17th, 1976 edition of the UK music periodical Sounds. The article briefly discusses the similarities of Rush and Led Zeppelin from a Tolkien perspective. The article can be read HERE.
The next article appeared in the April 27th, 1976 edition of Circus Magazine, a monthly American magazine devoted to rock music. The 2-page article, titled Behind Their Space Odyssey `2112` was written by Dan Nooger and, obviously, focuses on the band's quintessential concept album 2112.
Note the caption under the image of the band on the first page of the article. Apparently, ZZ Top refused to let the band play an encore after the "stole the show" in Cleveland. Love it!
Behind Their Space Odyssey `2112` can be read here: Page 1 --- Page 2
The next article, titled Rush`s Concept is Rock and Roll originally appeared in the June 3rd-9th, 1976 edition of Scene magazine. Written by Nick Shofar, this article discusses 2112 and how the band attempted to "get away from the stigma of Led Zeppelin".
This article can be read via the following two links: Cover --- Article.
Finally we have an early Billboard Article on the band called Rush Rushes Into U.S. Prominence which originally appeared in the August 28th, 1976 edition of the magazine. Written by Starr Arning, this short article briefly discusses Rush's early years, their upcoming appearance on the Don Kirshner's Rock Concert television show and how they expect to put "...a lighter part in the middle of [their] show..." after they begin headlining concerts. Definitely an interesting read.
Part III - Originally published on September 25th, 2009
Georgia Straight, Vancouver's Weekly News Magazine, did a cover feature on Rush back in September of 1977. Titled Rush: Canada's Most Successful (and least recognized) Rock Band and written by Tom Harrison, the article discusses Rush's fifth studio album A Farewell to Kings as well the fact that the band, even within Canada, isn't as well known as it should be. There's also a full page advertisement for all of Rush's albums at that point.
The February 14th-20th, 1980 edition of Scene Entertainment Weekly (of Northeast Ohio), included a two-page, front cover article on Rush called Rush: Something Special for Everyone. You can read this article via the following two links: Cover / Page 1 --- Page 2.
This next multi-page article/review comes from the January 1976 edition of the Ontario Entertainment Magazine Cheap Thrills. The article, titled A Solid Gold Rush discusses the bands first four studio albums along with their first live offering. The reviewer seems to enjoy Rush's music but had no appreciation for 2112 at all.
"I hate this one. Non-Rush fans have told me how much they like 2112, so maybe that's the point. Me? I think it's wretched..." Nice.
The June 11th, 1977 edition of New Musical Express from the UK contained a dual/dueling article on the band called The Rush Phenomenon by Paul Morley and Paul Rambali. This one's an interesting take on the rise of popularity of Rush during the late seventies.
This next article focuses more on the creation of Anthem Records than it does Rush, but it's an interesting read nonetheless. Titled Anthem Records - Success Spawns New Label, it originally appeared in the June 4th, 1977 edition of RPM Magazine.
Up next is an interesting advertisement for 2112. Anyone else tired of seeing this particular image of the band? :-) Check it out HERE.
This next one is for our French (and French-Canadian audience). The article, called Heavy Metal En Serie B - RUSH La Surprise is written in French by Alain Pons and originally appeared in the September 1977 edition of Best - #110. If anyone cares to translate the text I'm sure many of us would be appreciative.
This next article, which appeared in the July 23rd, 1977 edition of Melody Maker, a UK publication, focuses on Neil Peart. It's titled Drums & Percussion - Rush Hour and was penned by Chris Welch.
Up next is a great article by famed Rush fan/author Geoff Barton which originally appeared in the February 5th, 1977 edition of Sounds, another UK publication. Titled Caress Of Steel - Poor Man's Zeppelin? - Or underrated scions of sword and sorcery rock?, Barton "states the case for Rush" in this in-depth look at Rush's career through that point in time. And yes, we're treated once again to that 'image' of the band that always seems to pop up :-)
Continuing along the Geoff Barton line, this next article, which also appeared in Sounds in July of 1977 is called Rush Judgement - Neil Peart Talks to Geoff Barton. This article, which is sub-titled Tired of the Stress of the city, the Canadian power trio take to the wilds of Wales was written as Rush were in the writing and recording process for their fifth studio album A Farewell to Kings. Of interest is the fact that, according to this article, the album was originally thought to be called Closer to the Heart.
This next article appeared in the September 17th, 1977 edition of RPM Weekly; a Canadian publication. Called Rush - an International Happening, it discusses, rather briefly, the history of the band from their debut album through All The World's a Stage.
Up next is a short but very positive review of Caress of Steel which originally appeared in the February 12th, 1977 edition of the Record Mirror; a UK publication. The review, which is simply titled Rush: 'Caress Of Steel' was written by David Brown.
Finally, we're left with a nice multi-page article from the December 1977 edition of Stagelife. Called Rush: Are They Afraid of Heavy Metal? and sub-titled Rush Reiteration, this article was written by Jymn Parrett who discusses his initial impressions of the band dating back to 'Rush' and continuing through 'A Farewell to Kings'. A very interesting read with a nice picture of Geddy & Alex in action.
Part IV - Originally published on February 28th, 2010
Let's travel back to March of 1977 for the first article to start off the fourth segment. Titled Rush & Foghat, by Richard Hogan, this Circus Magazine article discusses the touring duties of both bands as they travel across the United States. A rare, color reproduction with some great shots of the bands.
Up next is an interesting article/review of Rush's 2112. Titled Rush to Judgement, this Creem Magazine article from June 1977 was written by Darcy Diamond who, along with his/her sister, take in a Rush concert that neither seem to enjoy all that much. A nonetheless interesting and humorous read along with some nice color shots of the boys.
Up next is a triple-treat from a January 5th, 1978 edition of Circus Magazine. Though the magazine was scanned in black & white, it contains a brief review of 'A Farewell to Kings' by Michael Bloom, a nice article called 'Recognition is Only Half the Fun' by Max Thaler and a two-page Rush Tour Poster. There are also a few upcoming Rush tour dates listed. Of course, I included the cover of the magazine just to remind you all of the hairstyles that were mainstream back in the late 70's :-)
This next lengthy article appeared in the January 28th, 1978 edition of the French-Quebec magazine called 'Pop Rock'. The article, titled Rush A Chicago was written by Marie-France Remillard and includes an interesting painting of the band. The article is written in French so I'm not entirely sure of the content.
Continuing through 1978, the next article originally appeared in February 11th, 1978 edition of the UK music magazine 'Melody Maker'. Titled Heavy Side of Rush and written by Simon Kinnersley, this well written article has Simon slowly learning to appreciate Rush, to a degree. The article also touches upon Rush touring duties and the early history of the band.
Next we have a short but positive article from the March 4th, 1978 edition of the UK music magazine 'Music Week'. Titled Is The Canadian Rush On?, this article discusses the success of 'A Farewell to Kings' in the United Kingdom and the growing popularity of the band and Canadian music in general.
More from the UK, we have Power Pop?, a brief article written by Robin Smith who 'gets in amongst the faded denims and greatcoats to see Rush'. I particularly enjoyed the description of the band as 'an all Canadian earthquake band'. Apparently the boys played a song called 'Kanadu' though I can't imagine what that might have been :)
This next Netherlands article from the March 22, 1978 edition of 'Muziekkrant OOR' is called Rush Met Voetversnelling and features an interesting picture of Geddy that no doubt got him in hot water with his wife :) Written by Kees Baars with photos by Anton Corbijn, this lengthy article appears to discuss the early days of Rush and their touring prowess. If anyone can translate the text, please do let us know what else this article may reflect.
Up next is a nice tribute to the then fifth anniversary of SRO/Anthem; Rush's production and management company. Click HERE to view the entire publication which includes some nice write ups about Rush and Max Webster, a hand-written and signed congratulatory note from the band as well as a brief biography of the band.
Sticking to 1978, this next article, titled Rush'n Around, written by Peter Douglas, takes an in-depth look at the band's touring gear. This article originally appeared in the April 1978 edition of the UK magazine 'Beat Instrumental', hence the deep dive into the band's instruments.
Moving back to the states, this next color article came from the May 11th, 1978 edition of Circus Magazine. The article, titled Rush Relive Their Early Years was published in connection with the band's release of Archives. Also included are some nice candid and concert shots of the boys along with some upcoming tour dates.
Continuing along the 'Archives' theme, this next article also reviews the 3-album release. Titled Rush's Valuable Triple Echo, this short and fairly positive review was written by Michael Oldfield and originally appeared in the May 13th, 1978 edition of the UK's Melody Maker. Unfortunately, this next review of Archives, titled The Rush Problem was obviously less than positive. Written by Paul Morley, the author does seem to recognize the power (both musically and lyrically) of Rush.
Up next is a somewhat famous (or should that be infamous) article/review written by long-time Rush fan Geoff Barton. Up until the release of 'Hemispheres', Mr. Barton was a tremendous supporter of the band. But as this article, titled It Could Be A Meisterwerk (but it's more like a terrible mistake) reveals, Barton's appreciation for the band is fading. Barton seems torn in this review; both praising and condemning the band for their musical direction. He also seems to be confused about the order of the tracks, placing Cygnus X-1 Book II as the b-side to the album. To each his own I guess. The article originally appeared in the October 20th, 1978 edition of the UK 'Sound' magazine.
This next article, from the December 1978 edition of the Canadian magazine 'The New Music', is a feature and interview with Geddy Lee. The color article, titled Rush: Canadian Rock 'n' Roll Success Story was written by Kirk LaPointe and contains a nice color photo of Geddy and his cat. It's also a nice, albeit somewhat short, look into Rush from Geddy's personal perspective.
Up next is one of my favorite early articles about Rush. Coming from the December 5th, 1978 edition of 'Circus Weekly' and titled Rush's Music of the Spheres, this article/interview with Geddy lee, which written by David Fricke, discusses Geddy's growing frustration with the critics view of the band. 'If an album is good", Geddy says, "people will find out about it on their own." An enjoyable read with some nice color and black & white images of the band.
Still holding to 1978, we have a brief, meandering and largely positive review of 'Hemispheres'. The review, which appeared in the December 9th, 1978 edition of the UK's 'New Musical Express' periodical, was written by Ian Penman who attempts to decipher the meaning behind the lyrics from the album. You be the judge if Ian was on point or not.
Continuing with another review of 'Hemispheres' is the article/review titled Rush: Into the Global Village which was written by J.J. Linden and appeared in the December 9th, 1978 edition of 'RPM Weekly', a Canadian Music magazine. More than just a review of 'Hemispheres', this article takes a look back and the progression of Rush and their music. A nice read indeed.
Closing out 1978 is one final, largely unfavorable review of Hemispheres which appeared in the December 12th, 1978 edition of 'Circus Magazine'. Written by Bart Testa, this review does point out some positive aspects of the album, its message and the band in general, but then again Testa also believes there may be some internal turmoil with the band due to the sub-title of La Villa Strangiato (an exercise in self-indulgence). I disagree with that assertion , but it is an interesting observation nonetheless.
Moving on to 1979, this January 27th, 1979 'RPM Weekly' article titled Anthem's Rush Receive Gold, Platinum, Plaque talks about Rush's 'Hemispheres' going Gold in the U.S. In addition, Rush was awarded a plaque from the Canadian Consulate in Chicago in recognition of their contribution to music on an international basis. Some grainy but nice images of Rush (and the awarded plaque) are included.
Up next is a nice, lengthy article titled Rushing Around by the late Maurice Rotheroe. I'm not certain where this article originally appeared, but it seems to have been written after Rush completed touring in support of 'Hemispheres'. Maurice talks to the band about their gear and their musical direction in this well-written four-page article. Make sure you read the last few closing paragraphs of the article which are rather enlightening.
Let's time-warp to the 1980's with this next article/interview, simply titled Alex Lifeson. This originally appeared in the June 1984 edition of 'Free Music' magazine and was penned by long-time Rush photographer Andrew MacNaughtan. The discussion centers around the release of 'Grace Under Pressure' and the upcoming tour in support of the band's album.
It's unclear where this next item originated, but it appears to be a legitimate list of '20 Questions with Geddy Lee' and was put together back in June 3rd, 1996.
Shooting into the 21st century, this next article came from the now-defunct www.themusician.ca. The article/interview with Alex Lifeson, titled Rush: R30 and Beyond was written by Ken Kucharic back in mid-2004 after Rush completed their R30 tour and began work on releasing the concert on DVD.
Moving closer to the era of 'Snakes and Arrows' is this next short interview with Geddy Lee from 'More Sugar' and written by Christopher Alo.
In a bit of a change of pace, this next article take from the June 2006 edition of 'Ontario Golf' magazine focuses on Alex Lifeson's love of the game as well as his hand in developing a new golf course called Coppinwood in Uxbridge located in Toronto. The article, titled What A Rush was written by Robert Thompson with photos by Chris Gallow.
Continuing on the Alex Lifeson theme is this next article/interview which originally appeared in the July 2006 edition of 'Guitar World'. Click HERE to read about what songs had the most impact on Alex's life, both in the past and today.
Finally, we end this lengthy entry with a 'Dear Superstar' segment out of the April 2009 edition of 'Blender Magazine'. Titled simply Geddy Lee and written by Rob Tannenbaum, this humorous and often interesting question session with Geddy is actually quite revealing.
Part V - Originally published on August 5th, 2010
We'll start off the fifth segment of this archive by transporting back to 1974 for a review of Rush's debut album. Titled 'Rush' Makes Name, this favorable review was published in the Las Cruces Sun Times back on December 20th, 1974.
Up next is a three-page article from Circus Magazine titled Rush Release: Canada's Power Trio Is Switched On Live. Published back in 1976, this article by Anastasia Pantsios focuses on Rush's up-to-them short history and their success as a traditional power trio:
Rush's ability to emulate the musical approach of the keyboard-dominated English cosmic groups without duplicating their sound is one of the advantages Rush finds in remaining a guitar/bass/drums trio, a format that has fallen out of favor in the 70s.
Moving overseas, this next one-page Dutch article is titled Slaap Je Niet, Dan Rush Je Toch! which roughly translates to 'You Do not Sleep, Then You Still Rush'. This article was published back on September 7th, 1977. Check out the interesting portrait of "De Crew" ...
Holding on to the 1977 era, we have two separate articles that came from the Winnipeg Free Press; both written by Jim Millican. Up first is the October 28th article Rush scores gold albums without Top 40 radio play which, as the title indicates, focuses on Rush's growing success through 'A Farewell to Kings' without the benefit of any significant air play. Next is the December 7th article titled Toronto's Rush top rock export which is somewhat of a quick review of Rush's history with some emphasis on A Farewell to Kings.
Up next is a great five-page spread that was published on January 23rd, 1978 in Macleans Magazine. Titled, oddly enough, To Hell With Bob Dylan: Meet Rush. They're in it for the money and written by Roy MacGregor, this is actually a very interesting read that focuses, in part, on Rush Manager Ray Danniels and his commitment, financial and otherwise, to the band.
Why they survived and became so successful has little to do with instantly-obvious talent and a lot to do with hard, hard work. "It's like when I phone up an electrician and he comes and gives me good service," says Neil Peart. "I'll call him back again and maybe recommend him to someone else." The road show is superb in visual terms and two hours in length, and their vast audience is ample evidence that there are many who love their music. Nobody can ignore them anymore.
Closing out 1978 is an article that was published in Sounds Magazine back on February 25th, 1978. Titled Black Holes: Close Encounters with Rush and written by Geoff Barton, this four-page article intertwines a discussion about space, the history of Rush and a deep look into Cygnus X-1: Book I.
Moving on to 1979, up first is a quick band-review simply titled Rush which was published, uncredited, in the HM Special Issue -- UK back in the Spring of '79.
Up next is a rare, early -- and favorable -- review of Hemispheres which appeared in none other than Rolling Stone Magazine. The article was published in the March 22nd, 1979 edition of the magazine and was written by Michael Bloom. I found this line particularly interesting:
"I affirm this band's ability to rock out, but I really want to give Rush a hard shove in the direction it's already heading."
Up next is a nice full-page German concert advertisement from May 3rd, 1979 which also includes a smaller inset ad on the European 'Rush Through Time' live album release.
The May 5th, 1979 edition of the Record Mirror (UK) magazine included an interesting article called The Brain Drain ... Barry Cain finds Rush acts faster than Anadin. Like I said...interesting. :-)
Next comes a nice one page article from the May 12th, 1979 edition of Melody Maker (UK) magazine. Titled The Maple Leaf Stomp and written by Steve Gett, this article is a nice Rush and Max Webster concert review.
We'll head into the eighties with, appropriately enough, a review of Permanent Waves which, as we all know, was released on January 1st, 1980. The review, titled Logical Positivism for Astral Minds was written by John Gill and was published in the January 26th, 1980 edition of Sounds (UK) Magazine.
Up next is something really special. The June 1980 edition of Guitar Player Magazine included two in-depth articles on both Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee. These were among the first really detailed articles on Geddy and Alex in a major publication. The first article, titled Alex Lifeson: Rush's Kinetic Lead Guitarist was written by Jim Schwartz and spans 14 pages. The second article is titled Geddy Lee: Hi-Tech Bassist and Synthesist with Rush was written by Tom Mulhern and spans 12 pages.
Many people are aware of the July 2008 article on Rush in Rolling Stone Magazine called Rush Never Sleeps however this wasn't the first time RS did a feature on the band. The May 28th, 1981 edition of the magazine included an article called Rush: Power From the People which was written by David Fricke. The piece was sub-titled Ignored by critics and radio this hard-rock trio went straight to the fans which accurately captures the tone of the article:
"We know we're doing well when we can sit back and say, 'That's a good record; the audience applauds for it, they like it,'" concludes Lee as he heads for the arena's dressing room. "To make records people enjoy and that we enjoy playing - that's our measure of success."
Up next is a huge 48-page multi-article/interview collection that appeared in Sounds Magazine back in 1983. Written largely by Steve Gett, this offering includes numerous color and black-and-white images of the band. Click HERE to view it however be warned: The PDF file is about 30MB in size.
This next article offers up a nice view into the song writing process that Geddy and Alex employ. Titled Rush: The Saga Continues and sub-titled Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee Divulge Some of Their Trade Secrets, this four-page piece written by John Swenson was originally published in the May 1984 edition of Guitar World Magazine.
Using keyboards in their arranging makes the guitar parts better, believes Lifeson: "When you play keyboard progressions on guitar. you end up playing chords on combinations you never really think to play."
Holding on to 1984, this next piece titled Rush Release was published in May in the UK Magazine Melody Maker. Written by Derek Oliver, this well-written and favorable piece looks at the success of the band leading into their classic Grace Under Pressure album.
In July of 1987, Guitar Player Magazine published a special Canadian edition called the Canadian Guitar Summit which included a secondary piece called Beyond Borders. This 17 page article, by Jim Ferguson, focuses on Canadian Guitar greats Alex Lifeson, Rik Emmett (Triumph) Liona Boyd and Ed Bickert. Definitely an interesting read!
Our final entry for the 80's is an impressive 12 page piece from the April 3rd, 1989 edition of Metal Magazine called Rush: History, Portraits, Discography by Goetz Kuehnemund. It gives a nice retrospective review of Rush's career through the Hold Your Fire period. This offering comes with numerous color photos of the band, many not seen before anywhere else.
As we enter the 90's, we return back to Macleans Magazine where, back on September 30th, 1991, an article titled Rush - Rock 'n' Roll Royalty was penned by Nicholas Jennings. The link brings you directly to Mr. Jenning's website where he has reproduced the original article.
Up next is a piece from a 1992 copy of Spin Magazine called Confessions of a Rush Fan by Bob Mack. The title says it all for this short 2-page piece.
Around the time when Alex Lifeson released his solo effort Victor, he was interviewed for a feature in the February 1996 edition of Guitar Shop magazine. The piece, titled Solo Signals and written by Mike Mettler, dives into the creative process that led to Alex's solo effort. Also check out the side article called Power Windows: Alex Lifeson's Hot Wheels which talks about his customized Black Mercedes 380SEC.
A few months later in 1996, another interview/Q&A session with Alex appeared in the September 1996 edition of Guitar One Magazine. This entry, titled Alex Lifeson: The Making of a Guitar Legend was written by Wolf Marshall and spans ten pages in all.
Our final entry this time around for the 1990's also features Alex Lifeson in a Guitar Shop Magazine article. Titled The Different Stages of Rush: Guitarist Alex Lifeson Reveals the Secrets Behind a 25-Year Legacy and written by Jeffrey L. Perlah, this six-page article is another in-depth Q&A session with the Rush guitarist which took place shortly after the band released their fourth live offering Different Stages.
We'll enter the 21st century with a very in-depth look at the creative process behind the formation of Rush's 2002 offering Vapor Trails. The article, simple titled Alex Lifeson on the Making of Vapor Trails originally appeared in the May 7th, 2002 edition JAM! Showbiz Magazine (Online).
And finally, closing out this fifth installment of Rush: A Brief History of Time is another Alex Lifeson-centric article. This one, titled Iron Man follows Alex while he works on his second-favorite past-time: Golf. This article was published in the December 2009 edition of Guitar Aficionado Magazine and was written by Gary Graff with photos by K.C. Armstrong.
Part VI - Originally published on September 23rd, 2010
Welcome to the sixth - and largest - installment of Rush: A Brief History of Time. This time around, we have 50 different entries spanning the 70's, 80's, 90's and 00's. As always, we'll trace through each entry in chronological order.
Up first are two articles from Billboard Magazine that appeared back in 1974. The first article, titled Rush, Mercury U.S. Deal talks about the signing of Rush by Mercury records and includes some record sales of their debut album. The second Billboard article from 1974 is called SRO Expands to Promo, Productions, Publishing. This one focuses on the growing success of SRO which was coupled with the growing success of Rush at the time.
The next article appeared in the November 1975 edition of Circus Raves magazine. Titled Rush - BTO's Heavy Metal Challengers and written by Michael Gross, this piece touches upon an early tour date Rush had in support of their then-recently released second album Fly by Night.
Moving on to 1976, this next piece is a real treat. Rush performed an early date in support of 2112 at the Hamilton Place Great Hall in Hamilton Ontario. A unique concert program was handed out to the crowd which contained a write up on Rush called Rush - Knocking Down the Walls.
Up next is one of several entries coming out of the Sounds Magazine publications. This entry, titled We Have Assumed Control was written by Geoff Barton and discusses, in detail, a Rush concert in support of A Farewell to Kings that took place in Sheffield, UK.
Moving forward to 1978, this next article came from the March 4th, 1978 edition of New Musical Express. Titled Is Everybody Feelin' all RIGHT? (Geddit...?) and written by Barry Miles, this controversial piece essentially accuses Rush of being Fascists which, not surprisingly, really upset the band at the time. There's a follow-up piece to this article coming up in the '1979' section.
And here we are -- in 1979. Up first is a piece that appeared in the January 2nd edition of Circus Magazine. The piece, called Guitar Heroes contained a nice write up on Alex Lifeson.
Moving into February, this next double-piece appeared in Sounds Magazine and includes an article called Rush, Nugent, Aerosmith Blitzkrieg as well as some information on Rush Ticket Details.
We've now reached the responses to the earlier article that accused Rush of being Fascists. This piece, called Rock Against Right-Wing Rock Being Called Facist appeared in the May 5th, 1979 edition of New Musical Express was penned by John Hamblett who talked to Rush about the earlier article/accusations.
Up next is an interesting, lengthy piece that was published in the June 1979 edition of Canadian Musician Magazine. This one is simply called RUSH and focuses on the band's history and evolution from concept pieces to tighter arrangements that they were working on in preparation for Permanent Waves.
Time to strap on your translator gear with this next piece. Published in August of '79 in the Netherland's edition of Music Maker Magazine, this one is called De Rampen Van Rush which loosely translates to From the Disasters Rush. There are some nice pics of Geddy with his double-neck in this one.
We'll exit the 70's with another entry from Sounds Magazine. This one, called Rush: Bingley Hall Stafford is a review of Rush in concert and was written by John Gill.
On to the 1980's where we'll start with, appropriately enough, an advertisement for Permanent Waves which, as all good Rush fans should know, was released on January 1st, 1980.
Up next, Rush graces the cover of the April 1980 edition of Circus Magazine where they are also featured in an article called Battered By Old & New Waves, Rush Keeps Their Boat Afloat By Rocking It which was written by David Fricke. This piece includes several color and black-and-white photos of the band.
Next is a full-page advertisement that appeared in the June 16th, 1980 edition of Sounds Magazine. The ad, titled The Rush Collection contains several album covers and a footer that reads "18 Date Tour Sold Out".
Moving to 1981, this next short piece appeared in the February 1981 edition of Hit Parader Magazine. Titled Rock Hotline: Rush and written by Charley Crespo, this entry, among other things, mentions the band's guest appearance on Battle Score (Battle Scar) by Max Webster.
Moving into 1982, Alex Lifeson appeared on the cover of the October 7th edition of Kerrang! Magazine which had a nice article on the band called New World Men. The piece was written by Steve Gett who also penned the Rush biography Success Under Pressure.
Here's an interesting advertisement that appeared in the October 23rd, 1982 edition of Sounds Magazine. The ad is for the single release of Subdivisions which included Red Barchetta (Live) on the B-side of the album. Also note the Rush Laser Light Concert notice at the bottom of the page.
The November 1982 edition of Sounds Guitar Heroes, which included a six-page spread on Jimmy Page, also included a two-page piece on Alex Lifeson which, of course, was titled simply Alex Lifeson. In it, Alex discusses, among other things "Why (he) swopped this Fender for a Gibson".
Opening up 1983 is an entry from the book called Heart of Gold: Thirty Years of Canadian Pop Music which included a decent five-page segment on Rush called All The World's A Stage.
The April 1983 edition of Circus Magazine had a segment on Rush called Rush Takes Songs, Lights and a Video Vampire on the Road which was written by Andy Secher. This piece looks at Rush during the Signals tour and includes a "Backstage Encounter" with Alex Lifeson.
Up next is a piece that appeared in the May 21st, 1983 edition of Sounds Magazine. Titled The Rush Sanctuary Breached and penned by prolific Rush scribe Geoff Barton, this two page spread has Geoff talking with the band about their history, Signals Tour and more.
Ending 1983, we have a three page article simply titled Rush. This originally appeared in the July 1983 edition of Music UK Magazine and was written by Max Kay. This one includes a couple of nice color shots of Geddy and Alex in action.
We'll open up 1984 with an advertisement for Grace Under Pressure that appeared in the April 21st edition of Sounds Magazine. Following that up is a nice four-page article that appeared in the July 1984 edition of Guitar for the Practicing Musician Magazine called Alex Lifeson of Rush: Still in School by John Stix. This is a great Q&A session with Alex that also contains some decent color photos of Lerxst.
Also in July of 1984, Geddy Lee made the cover of International Musician and Recording World Magazine which also included a lengthy piece on Rush called Rush's 'Grace Under Pressure': Sometimes The Best Step Forward Is A Step Backward written by Dan Hedges. Some nice color shots of the boys grace this piece as well.
We'll enter and exit 1985 with a full page advertisement for Power Windows (available on Chrome Cassette or Album) :) and head into 1986 with a great piece that appeared in the January 1986 edition of Modern Drummer Magazine. Titled simply Neil Peart and written by Scott K. Fish, this lengthy Q&A session with Neil is actually quite revealing. Definitely one to check out.
Let's time warp to 1988 for a piece that appeared in the May 7th edition of Sounds Magazine. This piece is called Another Round of Rush 'n' Roulette and was written by Mr. Spencer. The three page piece looks back at the then 20-year career of Rush and the oddity of how the band was simultaneously popular - and unknown.
Check out the cover artwork in this next piece which appeared in a 1989 copy of Music Express Magazine. The accompanying piece, called The Weigh-In was written by Keith Sharp with the illustration credits going to David Flett. It deals with a bet Alex made with a friend regarding the loss of some weight -- but mostly focuses on the release of A Show of Hands.
We'll exit the 1980's with a great retrospective piece on Rush called Aging Gracefully. The piece appeared in the January/February 1989 edition of Network (Canada's Entertainment Magazine) which also included Geddy Lee on the cover. The four page interview/article was written by Wilder Penfield III and includes some nice photos of the band.
Moving into the 1990's, we'll start with an article that appeared in the January 3rd edition of the Winnipeg Free Press. The article, titled Rush Remains Canada's Top Pop Export was penned by Bill Anderson of the Canadian Press. It looks at the popularity of Rush, record sales figures in comparison to other Canadian artists, and also touches upon Presto.
Also in 1990, Rush (well, Geddy and Alex) made the cover of the July 14th edition of Kerrang! Magazine which also had an accompanying four-page article called Excuse Me, Do You Happen To Know Where Rush Are Playing Tonight? written by Paul Henderson. Of real interest in this article is the discussion of adding a fourth member to Rush during the Presto tour which, thankfully, never came to be.
Up next is an article called Rush 'Contends' With Tour Crisis which appeared in the December 1991 edition of The Lethbridge Herald. This uncredited article touches upon some tour issues with Rush and their entourage, the successful release of Roll The Bones and their (then) recent Grammy Loss to Eric Johnson for Best Instrumental.
Moving to 1992, Alex Lifeson appeared on the March '92 cover of M.E.A.T. Magazine which also ran a two-page spread on Rush called Canada's #1 Rock Act! Rush written by Drew Masters. Mr. Master looks back at the career of Rush and the impact - and inspiration - they provided for upcoming musicians. It's an interesting and well-written piece.
Up next are two articles that came out of The Winnipeg Free Press. The first, which appeared on March 6th, 1992 was called Rush Discovers It Has A Future In Music Trade and was written by Jim Abbott of the Orlando Sentinel. The article looks at the longevity of Rush leading up to the release of Roll The Bones. The second article, which appeared on October 21, 1993 of TWFP was titled Complexity Lurks in Rush Album and was picked up from the Canadian Press. The piece is a short interview with Neil Peart and review of Counterparts.
Holding in 1993, Geddy Lee once again graces the cover of Network (Canada's Entertainment Magazine) in their November 1993 edition. The magazine also includes a lengthy piece on Rush called Rush: The Godfathers of Cyber-Tech Go Organic written by Perry Stern. This is essentially an interview with the band and review of Counterparts where we learn that "A sense of humor has kept the three of us together more than anything..."
Alex Lifeson once again appears on the cover of M.E.A.T. Magazine in their December 1993 edition. Additionally, the magazine included a three-page article called Alex Lifeson Reveals 'Counterparts' written by Drew Masters. This is another great Q&A session with Alex.
Finally we'll exit 1993 with an article that appeared in the December 12th edition of The Daily Herald. Titled After 20 Years, Rush Gets a Rush Performing and written by Kira L. Billik, this piece focuses on Counterparts and Neil's lyrical approach to the album.
Next up is an article that appeared in the August 3rd, 1996 edition of Billboard Magazine. The article, titled Rush Aims For New Generation was written by Paul Verna and discusses the release of Test For Echo and how the band's sound was continuing to evolve over the years.
Another piece that focused on Test For Echo appeared in the October 31st, 1996 edition of The Altoona Mirror. The piece, called Rush's 'Test For Echo' Challenges The Justice System and written by Kira L. Billik, analyzes the meaning behind the album and the title track.
In 1997, Rush were honored as Officers of the Order of Canada; the first such honors ever bestowed on a musical group. The February 26th, 1997 edition of the Winnipeg Free Press had an article on the event. The piece is called Rush First Rock Band in Order of Canada and was written by Betsy Powell.
Exiting the 90's and the 20th century, we'll move ahead to 2007 where Geddy Lee was the focus in the July 2007 edition of Bass Guitar Magazine. The article, titled Back to Basics was written by J.D. Considine and included photos by Dale May. It was essentially a look at the writing and recording process behind Snakes & Arrows.
Later in 2007, Alex Lifeson was interviewed for the October 2007 edition of Total Guitar Magazine. The interview was conducted by Charlie Griffiths and covers Alex's inspiration over the years, his playing style and more.
We'll end 2007 with a great piece. Rush: Guitar Legends is a huge 46-page collection of old and new articles, photos, interviews, music and more. This is one not to be missed, but be warned: the file size is 27mb.
The September 2009 edition of American Motorcyclist Magazine contained a lengthy piece on Neil Peart. The article was titled Rocker & Roller and was written by Richard J. Atkins with photos by Holly Carlyle. It focuses on Neil's love of motorcycles but is also a revealing look into the man behind the lyrics of Rush.
Back to the present, we'll (almost) end this sixth installment of Rush: A Brief History of Time with a three page article that recently appeared in the August 2010 edition of Classic Rock Magazine. The piece, called Rush: The Next Stage was written by Gary Graff and talks about the documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage as well as the band's work on the upcoming Clockwork Angels album.
And now we will end this installment with a collection of album advertisements from the 70's and 80's.
Part VII - Originally published on April 14th, 2011
As Rush are currently progressing back in time on their Time Machine Tour, it's time once again for Cygnus-X1.Net to go back in time as well with another installment of Rush: A Brief History of Time. In this edition, we have 35 new articles and advertisements from years past, including seven entries from the 1970's and twenty-one entries from the 1980's which are primarily focused around the release of Permanent Waves. A single entry from the 1990's along with four from the 2000's and two from the current decade round out this edition.
We'll start off the seventh installment with the earliest article of the entire seven-part collection. Titled Artist Profile: Rush, this December 29th, 1973 entry came from RPM Weekly Magazine and portrays a very positive early look at the then budding band:
"...When Rush strike up their amps no words are necessary, for they create a total involvement situation where the music is everything..."
This next piece, which came from an unknown source back in May of 1974, is called a Broadcaster Playlist: Rush. It's a short introduction / review of the band's debut album and contains a nice, albeit grainy, photo of Geddy, Alex and John.
Sticking to 1974, we have a fairly lengthy review of the debut album which came out of the June 1974 edition of The Canadian Composer.
"...This music is about as subtle as a hit over the head with a sledgehammer - loud, proud, and take-it-or-leave-it, played with shrieking energy and some musical skill..."
Some musical skill -- critics :-)
The next entry is one of the earliest appearances of Rush in Billboard Magazine. Titled First Time Around: Rush, this is a quick review of the band and their debut album, citing Finding A Way, Need Some Love, In the Mood and Before and After as the best cuts.
In December of 1974, Rush was featured in an edition of Beetle Magazine which was one of the first major articles done on the band with Neil Peart. However a few months earlier in September of '74, Beetle Magazine posted an interview of the band and their debut album, calling them - and it - "...viable rock'n'roll...".
We'll close out the 70's with two more reviews of the debut album. The first, and somewhat unflattering, one comes from Circus Magazine, published in January of 1975. The second comes from Melody Maker UK Magazine which was published in March of the same year and ends with the statement "...A more than promising debut album..."
We'll now enter the meat of this installment with a look back at 1980 and the release of Rush's Permanent Waves. Up first is another entry from Billboard Magazine called Billboard Special Survey: Permanent Waves; a short review of the album that came out on January 26th, 1980 and names Different Strings, The Spirit of Radio and Natural Sciences as the best cuts.
Also published on January 26th, and coming from Cashbox USA Magazine, was another short yet positive review of Permanent Waves.
A positive reflection of the early success of PeW and the new musical direction Rush was heading in appeared in the February 9th, 1980 edition of RPM Weekly in a piece called Intense Early Reaction to Rush's Permanent Waves.
"...While it maintains the group's solid rock sounds, along with the usual Rush elements of progressive music and science fiction lyrics, the album shows elements of further musical and lyrical maturity from the group..."
"...Science Fiction lyrics..."? Permanent Waves? A planet of playthings indeed...
Also in February were two reviews of Permanent Waves; the first from New Musical Express Magazine and written by Paul Du Noyer who, though not a fan of Rush, recognizes the brilliance of PeW, and the second from Melody Maker UK written by long-time Rush scribe Steve Gett.
"...Terry Brown's production is typically commendable, and he manages to capture the sound of each individual instrument with tremendous feeling. Rush can content themselves in the knowledge that they've once again scored a winner..."
Indeed they did.
In March of 1980, the French periodical Rock & Folk Magazine published a review of PeW which, I'm translating this correctly, appears to be very positive. The French obviously have good taste :-)
Also in March comes a double entry from Sounds Magazine titled Sounds Readers Poll / Rush Hour. The Readers Poll selected Rush as the Band of the Year beating out the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Police and AC/DC. Readers also selected Geddy as the 7th best lead singer and 2nd best bassist (behind only Lemmy of Motorhead), and Alex as the 4th best guitarist. Neil, not surprisingly, was named the best drummer yet shockingly, none of the members were in the top 10 of favorite Sex Object (male category). The injustice of it all!
The piece titled Rush Hour catches up with the band while they're on tour in support of PeW. It's a nice look back at the growing cult status of Rush and the impact of the immediate success of PeW.
The March 1980 edition of Billboard Magazine had another entry on Rush titled Rush Won't Rush Into Style Fads of Moment; a somewhat introspective look into Permanent Waves and Rush's evolution.
"...Songwriter-drummer Neil Peart takes pride in the fact that his hard rock band doesn't change with every trend that comes along.
Well said, Neil.
'Influence is one thing.' starts Peart, 'but to apply artificial limits on music is dishonest. We try not to be influenced by external limitations. One of our songs may be five minutes or 12 minutes. It's all relative to the piece.'..."
In April of 1980, two separate entries from Record Review USA Magazine focused on Rush. The first, titled Tight Rush is a great review of PeW written by Jon Sutherland, stating that "...Permanent Waves is well worth the time investment to memorize the licks, time changes, and evolving music that is Rush..."
The second piece called A Canadian Chart Rush, also penned by Jon Sutherland, is a nice in-depth review with Geddy Lee about the band, touring, song writing, and, of course, Permanent Waves.
Remaining in April, this next piece titled The Moustache That Conquered the World was published on April 5th from Sounds Magazine. In it, Neil Peart "...grapples with the paradox..." of Rush having a hit single and landing on top of the pop (charts).
"...No record company would touch us...yet we became the biggest band Canada has produced. It makes you a bit cynical..."
This is a great, lengthy read -- one of the best of the collection.
In May of 1980, the Toronto Star Magazine published a piece called Rush: Millionaire Stars of High-Tech Rock that focused primarily on the touring success of the band and what it takes to keep the tour moving.
Every travelling circus has it's crew, and this one has 25 people to set up the show every day, tear it down afterward and move it to the next town. These are the roadies: tough, rowdy and thoroughly competent. They know their jobs inside out; they know that without them - the riggers, the stagehands, the sound technicians, the lighting men, the drivers - Rush has no show at all.
No question of it at all. Another real gem.
June of 1980 had two reviews of Permanent Waves appear. The first one was published in the Gallery USA Magazine which realized that the melodies perhaps lacking in early Rush albums were more prevalent in PeW. The second review, titled Rush's Heavy-Metal Message Hits the Radio appeared in the June 26th, 1980 edition of everyone's favorite magazine Rolling Stone (sarcasm implied) and includes interview segments with Geddy and Neil.
On June 28th, 1980, Brian Harrigan through New Music News UK asked The Rush Question; a nice retrospective look at the progress of the band up through that point in time.
Moving into October of 1980, Circus Magazine published a piece in their October 28th edition called Rush & Foghat: Tag Team Match of '76; an interesting look back at when both bands toured together in 1976 and how their musical stylings changed as they moved into the 80's.
The last article/entry from 1980 came from the November 8th edition of RPM Weekly Magazine. The piece, titled Rush Identifies with International Markets takes another look at the growing popularity of the band and the explosive success and critical acceptance of Permanent Waves.
"...They just won't let up. They're always on, tour. They only get about a month of free time to themselves, and they take such pride when they're recording an album. The band is slowly but surely progressing onto superstar status..."
Super. Stars. No question about it.
Finally, we'll close out 1980 with three advertisements...
Advertisement I -- Advertisement II -- Advertisement III...all related to Permanent Waves of course.
We'll close out the 80's with a great, in-depth piece on both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. This double-article appeared in the April 1986 edition of Guitar Player Magazine. The articles, titled Geddy Lee of Rush: Rock's Leading Bassist -and- Alex Lifeson of Rush: The Evolving Art of Rock Guitar span eighteen pages and present a deep look into Geddy and Alex's guitar genius. Another one not to be missed!
Our singular entry from the 90's also came from Guitar Player Magazine. The article, titled Rush: Redefined is a thirteen page interview with Geddy and Alex that has some great accompanying color photos.
The next three entries all came out in 2002 and, accordingly, are all in connection with the release of Vapor Trails. Up first is a review of VT that appeared in the May 10th edition of the Orange County Register.
"...Indeed, Rush devotees may scratch their heads, but by the third listen the fire will be brighter than ever. Grade: A- ..."
The next entry, titled Rush Rolls Again, was an interview with both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson which was conducted by Jon Wiederhorn.
Later, on September 25th of 2002, another article from the Orange County Register was published. Titled Joy and Pain, All In a Rush, this entry was a review of a concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Shifting forward to 2009, the April edition of World Magazine (UK) featured an article entitled After The Gold Rush which was a fairly positive review of the band's compilation album Retrospective III.
The final two entries in this seventh installment of Rush: A Brief History of Time come from the near past; 2010 to be exact. The first entry is dubbed Grokking Rush and was published in the The Believer: The 2010 Music Issue. It's certainly an interesting read.
And last but certainly not least is Rush's Hour, a review of the band's critically acclaimed documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage.
Part VIII - Originally published on January 19th, 2012
We'll start off this edition with an article from the May 12th, 1977 issue of Circus Magazine. Titled The Rush Conquest, this article discusses Rush's then-forthcoming 6th studio album which, at that time, was tentatively titled Closer to the Heart. :-) There's also a nice two-page poster of the boys in a pose not seen anywhere else (to my knowledge).
Next, we'll move into the first of 28 articles from 1981. This first one is short review of Moving Pictures which came from the February 28th issue of Cashbox USA. Up next is a lengthy review of Moving Pictures from the February 11th issue of Muziekkrant OOR from the Netherlands. Sticking to February of 1981, this next review of Moving Pictures, which appeared in the February 28th issue of New Musical Express, is as unfavorable as they get. The reviewer, a Ms. Lynn Hanna, clearly made use of her "Word of the Day" calendar when penning this piece:
"...their tendency to pontificate on contemporary themes has already branded them as particularly pompous reactionaries..."Say, or better yet TYPE that ten times fast!
Opening up March of '81 is a short retrospective bio on the band that appeared in the March 21st issue of Cashbox USA followed by a great article titled Permanent Raves from the March 14th issue of the UK Sounds magazine. Check out the great candid pics of the boys that accompany this article!
March closes out with a Mail Bag letter that appeared in the March 21st issue of Melody Maker Magazine. The letter, written by Steve Morris, was in response to a rather unfavorable review of Moving Pictures written by Steve Gett; the author of the Rush biography Success Under Pressure.
April of '81 opens up with another review of Moving Pictures; this time from Audio Magazine of West Germany followed by a nice feature story that appeared in the April issue of Hit Parader Magazine. The article, titled Rush To Glory: Pleasing Most of the People All of the Time and written by Andy Secher, touches upon the disconnect between fan appreciation of Rush and the critics who just don't get it. A really good read.
April ends with two more foreign reviews of Moving Pictures. Up first from West Germany is a piece from Musik Express Magazine followed by a French entry from Rock and Folk Magazine.
Moving into May, we have three more foreign entries. The first, from Der-Musikmarkt of West Germany is titled Balance Von Intellektund Gefuhl: Rush, Rock Trio aus Kanada which roughly translates to "Balance of Intellectual Feeling: Rush, Rock Trio from Canada". Up next is another review of Moving Pictures from the Swiss magazine Music Scene followed by a lengthy article from the Netherland's music magazine known as Musiek Expres. In it, the article is titled Rush: We Hebben het liefst dat ons publiek rustig op zijn stoel blijft zitten which translates to 'Rush: We Prefer Our Audience To Remain Quietly in Their Seats'. Yeah, right :-)
Moving into June, we'll open with short article about Rush's platinum selling albums which appeared in the June 6th issue of Cashbox USA followed by a nice color article focusing on Alex's tour gear that appeared in the June 30th issue of Circus Magazine. No comment on Geddy's red leather pants, please :)
We'll end June with another lengthy article, this time from Creem Magazine. The article, titled RUSH: But Why Are They in Such a Hurry? was written by J. Kordosh who attended a Rush concert and then interviewed Neil and Alex afterwards. Put your 'thick skin' on for this one; it's not a pleasant or favorable read.
Leaping ahead to August comes an article that appeared in Circus Magazine that month. Titled Rush wrap up five-month tour by Steve Weitzman, this favorable turned unfavorable review of Rush's Moving Pictures tour is a bit of a head-scratcher:
"...each identical performance on this five-month extravaganza (during which Rush have played to 905,000 people on 79 dates and grossed over $4 million) holds all the excitement of a Howard Johnson's omelet..."
I wonder which concert Steve was really at...
Moving into September, this piece titled Rush: La Ultima Esperanza (The Last Hope) appeared in an issue of Popular 1 Magazine from Spain which starts off with:
There are few quality groups like Rush in the world. Perfectionists, yet so powerful, they work with traces of jazz and symphonic rock producing the hardest, purest rock metal you will ever hear.Now that's more like it :)
We return to Hit Parader Magazine where a short article titled Rush: Caught in the Act appeared in the October '81 issue of the magazine. The article, a review of a concert that took place at New York's Madison Square Garden was fairly positive, though the reviewer, Patty Romanowski, clearly wasn't a fan of the band or their music:
"...The only part of the show that was both well intentioned and well executed was the band's performance. Tight, precise, faithful, but still very much alive, the songs maintained their recorded versions' clarity and perfection - pleasant if loud reminders that concerts are for listening to..."
Moving into November of '81, here are two more foreign articles; both from West Germany. The first comes from Der Musikmarkt Magazine in a piece titled Mitschnitt von Rush - Konzerten als Vorbote zur Deutschland - Tournee which roughly translates into "Recording of Rush - Concerts as a harbinger of Germany - Tour". The second appears to be a review of Exit...Stage Left from the Govi Katalog.
Continuing in November, a nice two-page Rush discography review appeared in Kerrang! in an article titled Closer to the Heart by John Gill (known for penning several Rush-related articles during the 70's and 80's). Next comes a decent review of Exit...Stage Left which appeared in the November 21st edition of New Musical Express titled Product Posing as Revelation which is followed by a couple of letters sent to the UK Sounds Magazine regarding Alex's guitars on Exit...Stage Left:
"...Rush are, without doubt, the best musicians in their field at the moment and long may they stay that way!"
Heading into December we have three more foreign articles, all from West Germany. The first, coming from Blitz! is a review of Exit...Stage Left. The second, which appeared in Musiker Music News is an interview with the band. And finally the third, from Musik Express is another review of Exit...Stage Left.
Finally, closing out 1981 is an article titled Vital Signs from Rush which appeared in the December 31st issue of Circus Magazine. Written by Richard Hogan, this article looks at the growing popularity of the band after the release and touring support behind Moving Pictures:
"...They may have become a household name in 1980, but 1981 was the year their music became a household sound. Until last winter Neil Peart, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, a trio known as Rush, got more recognition for their bombastic live shows (and sometimes, more infamy) than for their well-crafted but seldom-aired Mercury albums. Moving Pictures, the Canadian band's 10th release, was the record that changed all that. It appeared in February, and before March was out such surprisingly catchy songs as "Limelight" and "Vital Signs" were blasting from thousands of radio speakers to which Rush had always been strangers..."
Exiting 1981 and moving into 1983, here's an interview with Geddy Lee that appeared in the March issue of Circus Magazine. The article/interview titled Face to face with Rush's Geddy Lee was conducted by Philip Bashe where the discussion centers around Rush's evolving sound on Signals:
"...the music we're making now is still complicated, but in a much more subtle way..."
On May 22nd of '83, the Toronto Star ran a two-page feature on Rush called Rush at Wembley; referencing Rush's recent concert at the Wembley Arena in London, England.
The final entry from the 80's comes from the October 3rd, 1987 issue of Billboard Magazine where two separate Rush-related articles appeared. The first article, titled Prolific Rush Surprises Lee was penned by Steve Gett; the aforementioned author of the Rush biography Success Under Pressure. The second article discusses Rush's album charting, noting that Hold Your Fire had reached #19 on Billboard's list.
The 90's are represented by three articles in this edition of Rush: A Brief History of Time. The first is a favorable review of Counterparts that appeared in the March 4th, 1994 issue of Goldmine USA. Up next is a cover-story that appeared in the November 1996 issue of The Island Ear which is an in-depth interview with Geddy Lee. Check it out HERE.
The last entry from the 90's comes from (gasp!) Rolling Stone Magazine. The December 12th, 1996 issue contained a full-page Q&A with Geddy Lee.
We'll enter the 21st century with another piece on Geddy Lee that appeared in the January 2004 issue of Guitar World Magazine where Rush's frontman "...pays homage to the music that keeps him warm on cold Canadian nights...".
Moving to 2005, and sticking with the Geddy Lee theme, comes a nice two-page article on Geddy and his love of wine. Titled A wine cellar that Rocks!, this article appeared in the April issue of City Bites: Toronto's Guide to Great Food & Drink. The piece on Geddy begins on page 16.
Transporting to 2011, we'll start with a short review of the Deluxe Edition of Moving Pictures that appeared in the June issue of Record Collector (UK). It garnered 4 stars :)
Up next is a five-star review of MP5.1 which appeared in the August issue of Guitar Technique Magazine.
In September, Total Guitar Magazine included a feature on Alex Lifeson titled Back to the Future: Rush Legend Alex Lifeson gives TG a personal tour of his Time Machine rig in Birmingham while the November issue of Rhythm Magazine discussed Neil Peart's latest instructional video release Taking Center Stage.
Continuing in 2011, Billboard Magazine posted a 6 Questions with Geddy Lee segment in their December 10th issue while the Winter issue of Guitar Aficionado posted a nice wine-inspired article on Geddy and Alex titled GRAPES Under PRESSURE.
We'll close out the article portion of this edition of Rush: A Brief History of Time with a quick interview with Geddy Lee that appeared in the January 2012 issue of Classic Rock Magazine. In it, Geddy discusses the steampunk concept influences on their upcoming Clockwork Angels album.
Finally, we'll officially end this edition with two advertisements; both surrounding Moving Pictures. This first advertisement comes from the April 1981 issue of Music Life Magazine from Japan. The second comes from the April 1981 issue of StereoPlay from West Germany.
Part IX - Originally published on July 12th, 2012
The ninth segment of Rush: A Brief History of Time contains 118 separate articles and advertisements spanning from 1982 all the way through to 2012. Once again, huge thanks go out to long-time reader and site contributor Heiko Klages of Germany for providing the bulk of the articles that appear in this installment. Additional thanks go out to Eric Hansen from Power Windows, Ed Stenger from RushIsABand, Rush Fan/Collector extraordinaire Joe Pesch, and readers Joe Sterle, Monica Zimmerman and Jun'ya of the Japanese Rush Fan site The Sphere.
We'll start this segment off with a short article that appeared in the January 1982 issue of Sounds Magazine from the UK. Titled Rush To Headline Next Donington?, this piece speculates that Rush would be performing at the Castle Donington Festival in 1983. For what it's worth, they didn't. :-)
This next piece was an update from Neil Peart that appeared in the January 1982 issue of Kerrang! Magazine. From the piece:
Playing live and playing in the studio are as different as talking and writing. Both are very satisfying, and certainly equally difficult to do well, but one is spontaneous and irreversible, while the other is controlled and infinitely correctable. Like talking, it can also be a case of "the wrong think at the wrong time", and one ends up with a mouthful of feet (or drumsticks!). In the studio, however, it is more like writing something down; you just keep going over it until you get it right. And if you can't just throw it away. No problem.
Up next is a two-part piece that originally appeared in the February 4th, 1982 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine. The first part is a short 2 1/2 star review of Exit...Stage Left while the second piece features all three members of Rush in an article called Faceless Bands.
Continuing in 1982, we come to another review of Exit...Stage Left that appeared in the February 28th issue of Circus Magazine. The magazine also include a reader's poll section which named Neil Peart as the second-best songwriter, Rush as the third-best live show, and Neil as the best drummer.
Up next is the first of numerous entries from foreign countries. This favorable review of Exit...Stage Left came from the February 1982 issue of the German Stereoplay magazine.
We're back in the U.S.A. with this next entry; a dual piece from the March 31st, 1982 issue of Circus Magazine. Titled Lifeson Arrives Stage Center with Rush, this piece reflects on how Alex has 'grown' with Rush. From the piece:
When critics blasted Rush for their stylistic similarity to Zeppelin on their early albums, Lifeson's guitar playing absorbed much of the blame. But Alex worked hard to perfect his playing, and now that he's become one of rock's premier axemen, he freely admits that the critics who insulted his playing were not entirely off the mark.
The issue also contained a small piece on Neil Peart titled Private Rush:
Neil admits that the members of the band aren't public people, "so it's a constant battle trying to adjust to public life. None of us is the type to smile and say, 'Hey, you're beautiful,' and unfortunately, people expect an unreal facade. They expect you to play a role for them because it's their fantasy. You're their hero; therefore you should do what they want you to.
In the April 3rd, 1982 issue of Sounds Magazine from the UK comes a reader's response to an early piece called Everywhere is Nowhere. The response gets the title Rush vs. Anti-Nowhere League and features some interesting rebuttals including why Rush covers are not pornographic and how Rush did not record Olivia Newton-John's version of Xanadu. I only wish I had the original article to reference back to :)
The April 30th, 1982 issue of RAM; an Australian newspaper, had an article featuring several hard rock, metal and progressive acts. The author, Tim McGee, did not shine a favorable light on Rush, calling them "evil" and "debilitating". Whatever. (It's actually a pretty humorous read overall...)
In May of 1982, Modern Drummer and Neil Peart held a contest where one lucky winner would receive Neil's custom Tama Rosewood Superstar Drumkit. All they had to do was write a 100-word (or less) essay entitled Why I Would Like To Win Neil Peart's Drums. This double piece includes the original announcement and rules of the contest along with Neil's response and winning announcement later that year from the October 1982 issue. In all, 4,625 people entered the contest and Neil read every entry. What a guy :)
The next piece is a moderately harsh review of Signals. Titled Semi Flawed Signal, this review was written by Mike Putterford and appeared in the September 11th, 1982 issue of Sounds Magazine from the UK. Putterford did have praise for 'The Analog Kid' and 'Losing It' but felt the rest of the album failed to match their earlier efforts.
In stark contrast to that reviews comes another one for Signals from the September 23rd, 1928 issue of Kerrang! Magazine. This one is called A Rush of Old Age and ends with the statement "...Approach this album with an open mind and you'll appreciate the beauty of Rush's acceptance of the mantle of middle-age..." Middle Age? In 1982? I wonder how they would be classified today then :) There's also a humorous reader letter that insists that "New World Man" was recorded by The Police or Duran Duran, but certainly not Rush!
Up next is a short semi-biographical piece on Rush that appeared in the October 2nd, 1982 issue of the Record Mirror from the UK titled Rushing About... followed by a short German review of Signals from the October 7th, 1982 edition of the Bravo Newspaper.
Continuing in October of 1982, we move to an article that appeared in the October 21st, 1982 issue of Kerrang! magazine. The article, titled Geddy: "Touring Britain a Real Grind..." has Geddy discussing Signals and, as the title suggests, touring both in the US and UK. This piece was written by Steve Gett who is no stranger to writing about Rush.
The October 31st, 1982 issue of Circus Magazine contained a lengthy article on Rush titled Rush Keep the Boat Afloat by David Fricke; a look back to an article that was originally released in 1980 during the height of the success of Permanent Waves:
Permanent Waves overflows with that kind of self-confidence. A near-perfect marriage of heavy-metal rage and arty Brit-rock maneuvers directly descended from Yes and Genesis, the album not only finds guitarist Lifeson finally stepping out confidently from Jimmy Page's shadow and Lee sanding off some of the more intensively rough edges of his high rooster's crow, but it is Rush's most accessible offering to date without revealing the slightest hint of compromise. Unfazed by charges that they're holding the old line while the new wave rolls over rock, the band found a suitable irony in the album title Permanent Waves. "As far as I can see," offers Lee, "new wave, old wave, yellow wave-it's all the same. The water doesn't come and go, waves do."
This next short review of Signals comes from the November 7th, 1982 issue of the Belgium newspaper Joepie. The article is titled Vreemde signalen uit een andere wereld which translate to Strange signals from another world which is followed by a short German article from the November 10th, 1982 issue of Pop Rocky Magazine called Viele fans möchten sie sehen aber: Rush kneifen - or Many fans want to see it but: Rush pinch.
Next up is a favorable review of Signals from the November 21st, 1982 edition of the Pittsburgh Press. The piece is simply titled 'Signals' from Rush.
The next four pieces are all foreign reviews of Signals; two from Germany, one from France and one from Spain. Of the German pieces, the first comes from the November '82 issue of Musik Express and the second comes from the November '82 issue of Musik Szene. The France piece comes from the November '82 issue of Rock & Folk while the Spain piece comes from the December '82 issue of Popular 1 Rock & Roll Magazine.
Continuing with Signals-themes pieces, the December 6th, 1982 edition of The Boston Globe posted this article titled Sending New Signals, Rush on the Defense which includes a brief interview with Neil Peart.
Up next is an interesting, possibly fan-produced 9-page document featuring some photos of Rush and some box office results. Titled simply Rush Document Special, the candid photos alone make this one a worth-while addition.
Finally, we'll end the articles from 1982 with a piece that appeared in the University of Texas campus paper. Neil Peart penned a response to some earlier criticism of Rush. You can check this well-written rebuttal titled Rock Groups Hardly Satanic HERE.
We'll open 1983 with a short article and poster that originally appeared in the January 31st issue of Circus Magazine followed by a reader's poll that appeared in the February 19th, 1983 issue of Sounds Magazine from the UK where Rush was named the #1 band, Signals the #1 album, Geddy Lee the sixth-best Male Singer, Neil Peart the second-best drummer behind Cozy Powell, Alex Lifeson the third-best guitarist, Subdivisions the fourth-best single and Geddy Lee as the fifth-best keyboardist. Not a bad showing at all. :-)
In the February '83 issue of Circus Magazine another article on Rush titled Rush Into Space appeared with a picture of the boys in front of the Space Shuttle launch pad at Cape Canaveral while a jaded review of Signals appeared in the March '83 issue of Creem Magazine called Toque off, eh?.
The March 1983 issue of Hit Parader magazine contained a lengthy article/interview with Alex Lifeson titled Leaps & Bounds: Canadians Flying High Onto Radio's Airwaves that discussed the making of Signals and Rush's growing popularity at the time:
While they have often been dumped on by those who've viewed their intricate melodies and imaginative lyrics as little more than sophomoric sludge, albums like 2112, Permanent Waves and last year's Exit... Stage Left prove that Rush's studio craftsmanship remains unmatched in the hardrock field. Currently, with the platinum-selling success of Signals, the band finds its popularity reaching an all-time high.
The April 3rd, 1983 issue of the Toronto Star featured a write-up on Rush and the expectation that, behind the popularity of Signals, the band would 'clean up' at the year's Juno Awards.
Returning to Germany, a color-piece from the May 1983 issue of Popcorn includes a short biographical piece on the boys coupled with a nice color concert picture. Over in France, the June '83 issue of Enfer Magazine included a nice article/interview with Alex Lifeson and also included a nice color concert picture.
Continuing with 1983, the June 17th and July 1st issues of Kerrang! magazine included a "major" two-part interview with Neil Peart titled Spirit of Peart. Among the topics discussed, the issue of fandom was front-and-center:
Do you think you can still say that, as big as Rush are now, you still have that communication with the fans?
"As much as you ever do with a stranger. As much as our fans think they know all about us, know who we are and everything, they don't and never have."
Well, do you know who your fans are?
"No, of course not! How can you know two million people?! We have two million fans, two million individual people with individual lives who have grown up in different places in the world in different ways ... No, I certainly don't. I have a sense of our ideal fan, the person that I think we have in mind when we do things, and certainly we have a conscientious attitude towards that, but I don't think the majority of our fans, or if in fact any human being, could fit into our concept of the ideal person who understands everything that we do and why.
In July of 1983, the premiere issue of Feedback! Rock Interviews from Dublin, Ireland was released. For a small publication, they were able to conduct an interview with Neil Peart. Once again the question of fandom comes up:
FEEDBACK: Do you find a difference between your British and American fans?
You can check out the entire issue, ripe with typos, HERE. The magazine also received a write-up in the September 10th, 1983 issue of Sounds Magazine from the UK.
N.P: Oh God, I hate to generalize. People always want us to generalize about our fans, but our fans number two million people right now, so it's kinda hard to generalize about that. There are subtle sociological differences, some are positive and some are negative, so..., in the light of that they're better not spoken about.
Up next is a review of the Exit...Stage Left concert video that appeared in the July '83 issue of High Fidelity Magazine. The reviewer, Ira Mayer, takes issue with the video reproduction of the concert, but doesn't seem overly thrilled with the music of Rush in any case.
Crossing the Atlantic to the Netherlands, the July '83 issue of Music Maker Magazine contained a very lengthy interview with Neil Peart (one worthy of being translated -- hint, hint) while the August 27th issue of Muziekkrant OOR Magazine, also from the Netherlands, also included a lengthy article/interview with the Rush drummer.
Not to be outdone, yet another lengthy interview/article appeared in the October 1983 German Magazine Fachblatt Music Magazin while a great color article simply titled Rush appeared in the December 1983 issue of the Italian magazine Mucchio Selvaggio.
We'll close out 1983 with an article that appeared in the December '83 issue of Modern Drummer Magazine. The article, titled Neil Peart: The Art of Soloing has Neil reflecting on the nature of the drum solo:
I may as well admit the obvious: I am, indeed, a practitioner and partisan of that much maligned and oft-persecuted musical form, that thudding, plodding, torment of tedium, that dazzling display of passion and virtuosity-the drum solo. Much contempt has been rained down upon that time-honored institution by bitter critics and by many drummers. Why? I'm not sure I know, but I've been giving it a bit of thought.
We'll enter 1984 with a piece that originally appeared in the January 1st, 1984 issue of Kerrang! Magazine. Titled Shout It Out Loud, it reports Geddy Lee as the winner of a reader's poll where Kerrang! faithfuls were asked to pick the "Weediest Man in Rock". Geddy won by a landslide, but I'm still not sure that's necessarily a good thing.
The January '84 issue of the Spanish magazine Heavy Rock contained a great seven-page article on the band titled No Sabeis Lo Que Os Sstais Perdiendo: Rush which translates to: Rush: You Don't Know What You're Missing while the February 1984 issue of Hit Parader Magazine included an interview/article with Geddy Lee titled Rush: The Three Musketeers:
Looking back, Lee admitted to mixed feelings about Signals, an album that did indeed signal a changing Rush sound, even producing a once unthinkable byproduct, a hit single, New World Man. "I was very positive about the direction of Signals, but I wasn't sure if we hit the mark because it was new, and we were putting ourselves into a different area. Now, with this much time gone by, I think there are moments when we got what we wanted, and others where we obviously were in a transitory state."
Another interview, rather extensive at that, appeared in the March '84 issue of Guitar for the Practicing Musician magazine. The interview, titled Singing Bass has the tag-line: GEDDY LEE Is One Of The
Reasons Everything Is Coming Up Sevens These Days For Rush.
Up next are five reviews of Grace Under Pressure. The first appeared in this April 28th, 1984 clipping from Cashbox Magazine which had some kind words for the album. Unfortunately, a review from the April 28th issue of New Musical Express Magazine was unkind and things didn't get any better in the review from the May 2nd, 1984 edition of the Daily Nebraskan Newspaper in a piece titled Rush Singer's Voice Fades Under Pressure. Fortunately, things take a more positive spin in this very short review from the May 4th, 1984 edition of the Buffalo News before heading south again in this short piece from the May 17th, 1984 issue of The Pioneer Press of St. Paul in a piece called Suffering Under Pressure: There's No Rush To Hear More. Critics...
The reviews of Grace Under Pressure continue abroad with pieces from the May 5th, 1984 issue of the Netherland's OOR Newspaper as well as the May 17th, 1984 issue of the German magazine Bravo and the May 1984 issue of France's Enfer Magazine.
A feature article/interview with Alex Lifeson was included in the May 1984 issue of Spain's Heavy Rock magazine. The article discussed the making of Grace Under Pressure and was titled "NUESTRO NUEVO LP ES MUCHO MAS DENSO Y AGRESIVO QUE LOS ANTERIORES" - ALEX LIFESON which roughly translates to Alex Lifeson: Our New LP Is Much Denser and Aggressive Than Our Previous Efforts.
Around the same time, Geddy Lee was interviewed in the May '84 issue of Britain's Soundcheck Magazine. The article, titled Under Pressure and sub-titled Rush's Geddy Lee jets into London for a video: CHRIS WATTS grabs a word or three, also discusses the making of Grace Under Pressure and the issues the band went through in putting together the album:
Geddy Lee, bassist and vocalist, is painfully quiet in conversation, and equally intense. Very much the archetypal artist of some by-gone era, he's polite and gradually warms to the conversation. Sitting in the band's plush hotel suite, he admits that the title of the album reflects the troubles that the band underwent to triumph in the production department...
Four more reviews (all positive) of Grace Under Pressure came about during June of 1984. They came from the Illinois Entertainment Newspaper, Germany's Der Musikmarkt Magazine, Germany's Melody Maker Magazine and Germany's Musik Szene Magazine.
Also in June of 1984, France's Metal Attack Magazine included a five page article/interview with Geddy Lee titles Precision Power along with their own review of Grace Under Pressure.
The August 1984 issue of Hit Parader Magazine included a nice feature article titled One Step Ahead. The article was written by none other than Bill Banasiewicz - better known as B-Man - who later went on to pen the Rush Biography Visions in 1987.
We'll finish up 1984 with a cover-feature that appeared in the November issue of Song Hits Magazine. In an article titled Rush: On The Edge of the Limelight, Alex Lifeson is interviewed about Grace Under Pressure and the new-direction of Rush's music:
Does Grace Under Pressure take Rush, excuse the expression, away from the crunch and more toward the crackle?
I think we always have been. I don't think we ever considered ourselves as a heavy metal band. We always considered ourselves more of a rock band. I think that it's important that you are aware of what's going on around you. We look at these things, and there's a certain crispness to music right now and I think we're definitely moving toward that.
The February 1985 issue of International Musician and Recording World Magazine included the results of a reader's poll where Geddy Lee was named Best Bassist and Neil Peart was named Best Drummer. Alex lost out to Eddie Van Halen who graced the cover of the issue. Both Geddy and Neil have separate 2-page articles written up for each that appear in the issue, each which also include quotes from other musicians.
Later in 1985, Alex Lifeson was interviewed for the November '85 issue of Kerrang! Magazine. The article/interview is titled Pane and Pleasure which focuses on the making of Power Windows.
Moving on to 1986, and back to France, a nice four-page biographical review of the band appeared in the April '86 issue of Enfer Magazine. The article is titled Rush: Genies Conceptuels which translates to Rush: Conceptual Geniuses.
The next three articles all came from Kerrang! Magazine; one from each of the next three years. The first article, which appeared in the October 17th, 1987 issue is titled 1Lifeson Times and also features Alex on the cover:
ALEX LIFESON, the pleasant and unaffected guitarist of mega-band Rush, slowly unfolds a copy of his itinerary for the day with the barest hint of a sigh. Interviews, photo sessions, meetings...there's hardly time for a cup of tea in between the appointments that have to be packed into these short promotional visits, as PRs dash around desperately trying to keep everything to schedule and cars rev quietly outside hotels and studios, waiting to whisk Alex away to his next engagement. Time is of the essence.
The second of three Kerrang! articles was originally published in the May 7th, 1988 issue. Titled King Canucks / Rush: Growing Old With Grace, this one discusses a recent concert the band performed at -- and a glowing overview of the band's integrity.
Finally, in the February 4th, 1989 issue appeared an article titled You Need Hands... appeared. In it, Neil Peart is interviewed about the recent release of their live effort A Show of Hands which was released on "LP, Cassette, CD, Video, Video-Disc, Old Cotton-Reels, Empty Washing Up Liquid Bottles, etc. etc."
Continuing in 1989, Neil Peart was featured on the cover of the February 21st issue of RAW Magazine. An accompanying article titled Closer to the Peart had Neil "reflecting on the band's art and plotting their journey into the future..." A very insightful read...
Also in 1989, then Rush-label Mercury Records released a Chronology of the band up to that point in time. It also includes a write-up on A Show of Hands by Neil Peart.
The final article from the 80's was another cover-story feature the appeared in the March 8th, 1989 issue of the East Coast Rocker. The article, titled simply Geddy Lee of Rush features a three-page interview with Rush's frontman. In it, Geddy names his (then) 10 favorite "desert island" albums and also names 2112 as his favorite Rush album.
Before exiting the 80's, here are eight different advertisements that appeared in various publications throughout the decade:
images/scans/adv-1982.01-music-life-jap-esl.jpg target="_p9">Exit...Stage Left Advertisement - Music Life Magazine (January 1982) [Japan]images/scans/adv-1982.10-musik-express-germany.jpg target="_p9">Signals Advertisement - Musik Express (October 1982) [Germany]
images/scans/adv-1982.11-best-france.jpg target="_p9">Signals Advertisement - Best Magazine (November 1982) [France]
images/scans/adv-1984.04.19-kerrang.jpg target="_p9">Grace Under Pressure Advertisement - Kerrang! Magazine (April 1984) [UK]
images/scans/adv-1984.04.21-oor-netherlands.jpg target="_p9">Grace Under Pressure Advertisement - OOR Magazine (April 1984) [The Netherlands]
images/scans/adv-1984.05.15-der-musikmarkt-germany.jpg target="_p9">Grace Under Pressure Advertisement - Der Musikmarkt Magazine (May 1984) [Germany]
images/scans/adv-1984.05-metal-hammer-germany.jpg target="_p9">Grace Under Pressure Advertisement - Metal Hammer Magazine (May 1984) [Germany]
images/scans/adv-1984.06-music-life-japan.jpg target="_p9">Grace Under Pressure Advertisement - Music Life Magazine (June 1984) [Japan]
In March of 1990, the Rush Backstage Club Newsletter contained a letter from Neil Peart about the impending Presto tour and, perhaps more interesting, responses by Neil to reader questions. Neil's responses were, well -- you be the judge... :-)
Up next is the June 1990 issue Japan's Bass Magazine which features Geddy on the cover and includes a two-page article as well.
The December 1990 issue of Record Collector Magazine, from the UK, included a nice five-page article on Rush titled Rush: Canada's Premiere Hard Rockers Remain a Cult in Britain. The article is somewhat of a chronology of the band's history up to that point and includes a 'Complete UK Discography'.
A short letter of thanks from Alex Lifeson appeared in the September 1991 issue of Guitar For The Practicing Musician Magazine. Alex had recently been named to the magazine's Hall of Fame, hence the letter of thanks to the magazine - and its readers.
Also in 1991, an interview with Geddy Lee appeared in the October issue of US Rocker Magazine. The band was also featured on the cover. The interview, titled Roll the Bones With Rush: An Interview with Geddy Lee discusses the new album, Geddy's favorite Rush LP's and the thrill and grind of touring.
The March 6th, 1992 issue of The Herald Sun Preview also featured Rush on the cover. The included article titled Thinking Fan's Band Plays Chapel Hill is a short biographical piece ahead of the band's tour in support of Roll the Bones.
Continuing with cover features, both Geddy and Alex appeared on the cover of the May 1992 issue of Guitarist Magazine. An extensive ten-page article titled Rush Hour appears in the issue which have both Geddy and Alex talking about numerous topics centering around Roll the Bones.
Later in 1992, the June issue of Guitar World Magazine included an article titled First Bass Men; an article featuring both Geddy Lee and Primus' Les Claypool in a dual-interview role.
Closing out 1992 is another cover-feature story that appeared in the July '92 issue of Powerkick: The Rock Drummer's Quarterly Magazine. In it, there is an extensive four-page interview with the Rush drummer about the close of Rush's then-recent Roll the Bones tour, the band in general and Neil's thoughts on the music industry at that point in time.
Up next is an article that originally appeared in the July 20th, 1994 issue of the Austin American Statements Newspaper. Titled Rush In No Hurry To Go Slow, this piece is overview of Counterparts ahead of the band playing a date at the Erwin Center in Austin in support of the album.
Shortly thereafter, as Rush was preparing to play in El Paso, another newspaper article, this time from the January 30th, 1994 issue of The El Paso Times was published. This one, titled Rush - A Lesson in Rock focuses primarily on Neil Peart.
Continuing with pieces related to the Counterparts tour comes this arena pamphlet titled Applause: The Entertainment Monthly of the Frank Erwin Center - January 1994. The short biographical article included within is called Resurge with Rush.
The April 27th - May 11th, 1994 issue of Freetime Magazine: Western New York's Arts and Entertainment Guide contained another interview with Neil Peart ahead of their May 4th concert date with Candlebox at the War Memorial in Rochester, New York. The interview touches upon how Neil perceives the band's place in Rock history, what truly drives happiness, and what he hopes listeners take away from Rush's music.
Moving on to 1996, this next piece originally appeared in the September 10th issue of Guitar One Magazine. The article, titled Alex Lifeson: The Making of a Guitar Legend is a great nine-page interview with the Rush guitarist that also includes some tab samples from various Rush classics.
Later in '96, Rush were featured on the cover of the October issue of Scene Magazine. The accompanying article, titled Testing for Echo: Rush Return After Two Years in Hiding is a nice interview with Alex Lifeson about the band's then-latest album Test for Echo. Check out the opening remarks from Alex and an earlier interview he had to submit to. Priceless.
We'll close out 1996 with another cover feature; this time from the October '96 issue of Extreme Magazine. The article is largely just a reprint of the text that appears in the Test for Echo Tourbook.
Finally we come to the last article from the 90's. Another cover-feature, this time of Alex Lifeson, appeared in the February 1999 issue of Hard Roxx Magazine. The article within, which is called Rock of Ages, is somewhat of a biographical piece in connection with the release of Different Stages.
Moving into the 21st century, we'll start with another cover feature - this time of Geddy Lee - who graced the cover of the January 2003 issue of Bass Guitar Magazine. The accompanying article, titled Vapor Trail After Glow is an in-depth six-page interview with Geddy about touring, Geddy's gear, Vapor Trails and more.
Up next is a two-page piece that appeared in the September 2004 issue of What's On Birmingham from the UK. The article, titled Rush Hour is a dual biographical / Alex Lifeson interview piece ahead of Rush's R30 tour.
Later, in the July 2005 issue of Q Classic Magazine came a great eight-page, multi-article piece called All The World's a Stage. Somewhat of a retrospective article of the band's history to that point, this is a highly recommended read.
Most fans know that Geddy is a huge baseball fan. A half-page article called Sports Talk with Geddy Lee appeared in the April 30th, 2007 issue of Sporting News Magazine. The piece discusses Geddy's baseball fantasy team as well as the baseball fashion of the 70's :-)
Also in 2007, Rush were cover-feature in the September '07 issue of the trade magazine Lighting and Sound America. The included article, titled A Far Cry From Yesterday discusses Howard Ungerleider's long-term collaboration with Rush and their primary lighting director.
The March 20th, 2009 issue of Entertainment Weekly had a one-page article titled Three Rounds With...Geddy Lee where Rush's frontman discusses his love of wine, Rush's appearance in the bro-mantic comedy I Love You, Man and the release of Retrospective 3.
The June 2009 issue of Prog Magazine featured Rush in two different segments. First, the issue listed the Top 50 Prog Albums of All Time where four Rush albums made the cut. Later in the issue, Nicky Wire (of Manic Street Preachers> discusses Rush's album artwork with long-time Rush scribe Philip Wilding.
We've arrived at the current decade of the 2010's. Up first is a cover feature of Neil Peart that was published in the February 2010 issue of At: Guitar Center. The article, titled simply Neil Peart is an extensive five-page interview with the Rush drummer with topics ranging from Rush's history to how Neil writes the drum parts for Rush's songs - and how Geddy's vocals influence those parts.
The May 2010 issue of Prog features a nice two-page article/interview with Geddy Lee titled All The World's Their Stage; a discussion about Rush's then-released documentary Beyond the Lighted Stage and their 2010 Time Machine Tour.
A great, multi-page article titled 10 Things You Gotta Do To Play Like Alex Lifeson appeared in the January 2011 issue of Guitar Player Magazine:
Aside from his stringed accomplishments, Lifeson is also lauded for his sense of humor, amicable nature towards fans and journalists, and willingness to lay back while his virtuosic bandmates flaunt their world-class skills, A lesson in Lerxst (as Peart and Lee affectionately call him) certainly has something to offer 6-stringers of all ilks, So, get ready to..."
Later in 2011, the June issue of Classic Rock Magazine included a one-page article on Rush called Rush: Canadian Prog Giants Play Moving Pictures in full, with much more on-stage madness. In it, the magazine asks Geddy Lee a few questions about the tour, Moving Pictures and more.
The September 2009 issue of the German version of Classic Rock Magazine featured Neil Peart in a five-page spread titled Neil Peart: Ewiger Reisender which translates to Neil Peart: Perpetual Traveler.
The December 2011 issue of Classic Rock: Prog Magazine included a half-page review of the Time Machine CD/DVD, Rush ABC 1974 Live and the Sectors Box Sets while the February 3rd, 2012 issue of Sound and Vision Magazine also had a nice write-up on the Sectors box set.
Geddy Lee's love of wine is once again discussed in the March 2012 issue of Decanter Magazine while Neil Peart's love of riding motorcycles was featured in a multiple articles from the April 2012 issue of Motor Cyclist Magazine.
The April 2012 issue of Prog Magazine included a one-page spread titled Angels Are Go!; a quick over-view of Clockwork Angels and the fan-pack edition that was to be launched in the UK.
The May 2012 issue of Spin Magazine included a rather odd infographic chart that compares guitarists across five different criteria. Alex is included of course.
Rolling Stone Magazine makes an appearance on this segment with an article titled Inside Rush's New Sci-Fi Rock Opera. The piece, originally published in the July 5-19th 2012 issue of RS:
RUSH ENTERED THE prog-rock pantheon with 1976's 2112, a rock opera about a man fighting a dystopian regime that has banned individual thought. Now, 36 years later, the band has released another concept album set many years from now - but Clockwork Angels is no sequel. "This is a much different future than 2112," says drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. "It's much more nuanced in what it has to say."
We'll end the ninth installment of Rush: A Brief History of Time with a review of Clockwork Angels that appeared in the July 2012 issue of Prog Magazine:
Marvel at Clockwork Angels for one or all of its many levels: its literary depth and steampunk cool; its creators' unity of purpose and preternatural musical sense; its lip-curling rock grooves and girthy production. Whatever Raskulinescz is doing, it's working. In the blue sky of this creative Indian summer and with that cultural tailwind behind them, Rush channel the impulse that made them so special all along on a modern progressive album right up there in their canon. After 40 years in a world lit only by lighters, there's no sign they're headed for that garden any time soon.
Part X - Originally published on January 27th, 2013
The tenth installment of Rush: A Brief History of Time contains 113 new articles and advertisements spanning from 1975 all the way through to 2012. Once again, huge thanks go out to long-time reader and site contributor Heiko Klages of Germany for providing the bulk of the articles that appear in this installment. Additional thanks also go out to Eric Hansen from Power Windows, Ed Stenger from RushIsABand, Hanns Peter Ebert and RushFanForever.
We'll start of this installment with a short, and none to flattering review of Rush's debut album which appeared in the February 22nd, 1975 issue of Melody Maker Magazine which comes from the U.K. At least the reviewer indicated that he was "...wary about dismissing them." :-)
Moving on to 1977, the October 13th issue of Circus Magazine contained the first of a three-part story on Rush called The Rush Tapes (Pt. 1) and sub-titled Neil Peart Sizes Up 'Farewell to Kings,' the Latest Canadian Rock Opus. This was basically an in-depth interview with Neil about everything from writing and recording an album, where he draws his inspiration from and whether or not he sings in the shower: "...I do, but I have a terrible voice..."
Part 3 of this series appeared in the November 10th, 1977 issue of Circus which, this time, had the sub-title of Alex Lifeson, The Walking, Talking King of Canadian Guitars. And while I don't have the article scan of Part 2 of the series, it is available for viewing HERE courtesy of Eric Hansen's Power Windows fan site.
Rush are no strangers to scathing reviews over the course of their history. But this next piece might still ruffle some feathers. Coming from the October 6th, 1979 issue of New Musical Express Magazine, this review of the Rush concert is called And What The Mystic Said to the Wallies. The reviewer, Lynn Hanna, attempted to come off sounding intellectual and sarcastic but just came off sounding like a whining b--ch. Well, that's how I read it, anyway...
Before we exit the 70's, here is a rare advertisement for Caress of Steel which appeared in the January 1976 issue of the Netherland's Muziekkrant OOR magazine. The translations of the tagline in the advertisement reads "No bullshit, just hardcore Rock, that is Rush". I couldn't have said it any better myself :-)
Heading into the 80's, which contains the bulk of the entries this time around, we'll start at the beginning: May of 1980 and a short but positive review of Permanent Waves. This one was originally published in Goldmine from the U.S.
Skipping along to May of 1981, an article titled Sometimes Rush Is In A Hurry was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Written by Jack Lloyd, this focuses on the release of Moving Pictures in place of the band's original plans to produce their second live effort after ending their Permanent Waves tour.
And speaking of Moving Pictures, there was a two-part article published by Modern Drummer Magazine on the making of Rush's classic album. Titled Notes on the Making of Moving Pictures, and written by none other than Neil Peart himself, these articles originally appeared in the December 1982 and January 1983 issues of the famed drumming magazine. There's also a two-question 'fan mail' segment that's rather interesting.
Rush appeared, in cartoon/comic fashion, on the cover of the January 1984 issue of Music Express Magazine alongside other "cartoonized" Canadian musicians. A short article within, titled Good Gracious! Another Rush LP! also appeared announcing the release of Grace Under Pressure.
Also in January of 1984, the Spanish magazine Popular Poster published an issue which also featured Rush on the cover and included an article titled No. 1 En Progresion. This article is written in Spanish but also includes some great pictures of the band (include a few rare ones).
Still holding on to January of 1984, the weekly periodical The History of Rock posted a two-part article on Rush. The first dealt specifically with Neil Peart in a piece titled The Great Musicians: Neil Peart and the second was called Master Plans for Tomorrow's World:
RUSH HAVE BEEN described as a poor imitation of groups as diverse as Black Sabbath, King Crimson, Grand Funk Railroad and Yes. They have been branded as crypto-fascists and, in one memorable turn of phrase, Paul Du Noyer of New Musical Express described their lyrics and philosophy as 'an ill-argued dog's dinner of Plato, Milton Friedman and Patience Strong'. At the same time, Rush have been lauded as 'awe-inspiring', 'the very best in their genre', 'expert, awesome, energetic and aware', 'members of an elite circle at the pinnacle of international rock' and 'one of the foremost musical forces and performing ensembles in the world'.
In April of 1984, a Rush Fact Sheet was released, presumably by Mercury Records and/or Anthem Entertainment, which reads as a bullet-point retrospective of the band. And interesting, if not dated read (but then again, all of these articles are dated!)
Up next are two separate reviews of Grace Under Pressure; both coming from German publications and published in July of 1984. The first appeared in Musik Express and the second in Stereoplay. A quick translations reveals both reviews to be very positive of Rush's tenth studio offering.
The July/August 1984 issue of Rockline! Magazine included an article on Rush titled The Rush Dilemma!; a quasi-retrospective look at the band and introduction of Grace Under Pressure. Geddy reflected back on Signals in the article:
"I was very positive about the direction of Signals," recalls Geddy. "But I wasn't sure if we hit the mark because it was new and we were putting ourselves into a different area. Now, with this much time gone by, I think there are moments when we got what we wanted, and others where we obviously were in a transitory state."
The August 1984 issue of Creem Magazine included a humorous look into the release of Grace Under Pressure and its link to the 1984 Olympic Games. Yep. This one is called The Hoser Conspiracy and should be read with tongue firmly in cheek.
Also in August of 1984, Musician Magazine published an article titled Book Ends: Rush's Neil Peart and Geddy Lee. This dual-interview piece focused on "The Role of the Rhythm Section of Rush":
"Peart: A rhythm section is an indefinable thing. I don't put it down to the bassist and the drummer alone being the rhythm section, really, nowadays, it's the whole band, even the vocalist."
Continuing in August, there was a nice piece written by Marc Shapiro and published in Rock Magazine on the band titled A Reluctant Rush To Success. With the headings When They're Up They're Down and Canada's Best-Selling Group
Talks of Quitting Just At The Peak Of Their Success, you know this is going to be a different kind of article:
"...what does lead singer Geddy Lee have to say about their brighter-than-ever future? 'It's hard to say how long we'll stay together at this,' says Lee, 31. 'There's a lot of things we'd like to do in the future, but if the three of us aren't happy and excited by what we're doing, I don't see us hanging around..."Well, I'm certainly glad Rush remained 'excited' about what they've been doing all these years... :-)
Guitar for the Practicing Musician's September 1984 issue contained this favorable review on Grace Under Pressure while the October 18th, 1984 issue of Kerrang! included this plea for Polygram/Mercury records to release a compilation of Rush videos.
The October 1984 issue of Hit Parader Magazine included a nice two-page article on Rush and the release of Grace Under Pressure. Titled Grace Under Pressure Proves Canadian Trio Remain Masters Of Eclectic Metal. Written by Don Mueller, this article focuses on Rush's fascination with, among other things, sports:
Geddy Lee sat quietly in Rush's backstage dressing room transfixed by the tiny images on the screen before him. "Hey, it's almost time to go on stage:' guitarist Alex Lifeson said, trying to rouse Geddy from his TV obsession. "Not now, not now," Lee shot back in annoyance. "It's the bottom of the ninth, and the Expos are down by one - do you really expect me to leave at a time like this?" Classic Geddy :-)
Rush have appeared numerous times in Canadian Musician magazine over the years, including a number of cover appearances. The November 1984, while not a cover story, did include an interesting piece titled On The Road with Rush; a lengthy piece on what goes into producing a Rush concert tour and show. There's a lot of focus on the road crew as well as the stage set-up. Even though it's nearly 30 years old, the article is still pertinent to Rush's current tour requirements. Definitely an interesting read.
In December of '84, Hit Parader magazine published two separate issues; their main magazine and then a special Guitar Gods issue. Rush appeared in both that year. Beginning with the main magazine, an article titled Rush: Behind the Lines was published and dealt with the release of Grace Under Pressure as well as the general changes in Rush's sound since Signals:
"Do what you think is right and hope that you'll gain people's respect and appreciation for it," Rush's drummer Neil Peart states sagely as he, bassist/ vocalist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson cool their heels in Toronto a few days before resuming their Grace Under Pressure tour. Peart summarizes Rush 's basic philosophy, musing on why Canada's most famous ex-bar band failed to set radio playlists on fire with Signals back in 1982."In the Guitar Gods issue, Alex Lifeson was featured in an article titled ALEX LIFESON rushing ahead; a enjoyable interview with the Rush guitarist:
HP: Is Rush still exciting for you, or has the success made you at all complacent?
AL: It's more exciting than ever. We're creating music that's challenging and adventurous - both to listen to and play. I've never enjoyed myself more.
We'll end 1984 with a collection of articles and reviews from Germany. First is Rush: The Story of the Canadian Rock-Group followed by a lengthy collection of other articles and reviews that can be viewed HERE; all from various German Music Newspapers and magazines.
We'll open up 1985 with an interesting collection from the Japanese magazine Music Life. The article is titled Special Interview with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson/Rush, is written (obviously) in Japanese and includes several personalized and autograph pictures of the band. An interesting find, though a little difficult to translate :-)
The May 1985 issue of Canadian Musician Magazine included an article focusing on the release of Rush's Grace Under Pressure Tour Video:
"The program was shot over two nights in September '84 at Maple Leaf Gardens. The production, which included the use of 12 cameras, 40 vari-lites and 300 pars audience lights, was on par with our co-production of
Bowie's Serious Moonlight show, and the same director, David Mallett, was used .
1985 saw the release of Rush's first video collection; Through the Camera Eye. A review of the collection appeared in the July 13th, 1985 issue of Melody Maker. The review, titled Rush Release wasn't necessarily positive, implying that it was just "essential viewing for Rush fans" and little else. Whatever.
Neil Peart sent in a "thank you" note to the editors of the International Musician and Recording World magazine back in July of 1985. The note, which can be read HERE was in response to Neil (Best Drummer) and Geddy (Best Bassist) appearing at the top of the magazine's Music Awards poll. The results of the poll can be seen HERE. Alex, unfortunately, lost out to Eddie Van Halen.
Neil appeared in another reader's poll, this time from the July 1985 issue of Modern Drummer Magazine. In the multi-category poll, Neil took the top spot in the categories of Rock Drummer, Multi-Percussion and Recorded Performance for Grace Under Pressure. Neil also was named the second-best All-Around drummer, behind Steve Gadd.
Another review of Through the Camera Eye appeared in the August 17th, 1985 issue of Sounds Magazine out of the U.K. And this review, by Mary Ann Hobbs, wasn't any more positive that the earlier one that appeared in Melody Maker. Feel the (lack of) love.
The "Boozin' In" feature in the September 5th, 1985 issue of Kerrang! magazine included a photo and write-up of Geddy and Alex alongside Def Leppard/Metallica manager Peter Mensch. The vodka was apparently flowing freely at the time...
With the release of Power Windows in 1985, Sounds Magazine from the UK published this short, yet positive review of the first single from the album; The Big Money in their October 12th issue while Kerrang! Magazine published this lengthy article/review of the entire album in their October 17th issue:
"...brings us to the album's killer (quite literally) track and Rush's most cogent slice of invective yet released, 'Manhattan Project'. This album would be worth buying for this track alone. The 'Manhattan Project' refers to America's pooling of Europe's finest scientific minds, ' the brightest boys', to create the world's first atomic bomb, 'to play with the biggest toys' . The result, as Peart wryly observes, was 'more than they bargained for'. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were laid to waste and the world 'would be changed for evermore'..."
The October 25th, 1985 issue of The Buffalo (NY) State Record also included a lengthy and positive review on Power Windows titled Lyrics Enhance Rush LP:
Peart's major strength is his ability to conjure up vivid descriptions of inner emotions and feelings, usually so allusive and difficult to convey with mere words. "Emotion Detector" is a stellar example of his knack for this type of writing: "Illusions are painfully shattered / right where discovery starts / In the secret wells of emotion / buried deep in our hearts."
A little late to the game, the October 1985 issue of Rock Scene published this favorable review of Grace Under Pressure while another Buffalo publication, The Griffin published a less-than-favorable review of Power Windows entitled Rush Follows Canadian Trend. Unfortunately, the unfavorable reviews of Power Windows continued in this piece from the November 9th, 1985 issue of Melody Maker.
But they're not all unfavorable. The December 13th, 1985 issue of The Buffalo State Record posted this short but sweet review of the album, calling it "a great album" while the December 17th issue of Good Times Magazine published this lengthy, positive review of the album:
The pulse of Rush remains strong and steady, and Power Windows is another nice addition to their legacy. Another shining example to the theory of "expected". No surprises, no disappointments."
Up next is this interesting article that appeared in the December 21st, 1985 issue of Sounds Magazine from the UK. It's titled Rush Hour: Rush's mysterious missing catalogue numbers and it discusses the then-to released Rush singles and the possibility of some "missing" songs.
Also in December of 1985, Bass Magazine published an article titled Jeff Berlin Beats the Solo LP Jinx. The article discusses Neil Peart's work on the solo effort where the Rush drummer reveals the following about Berlin:
Jeff's hobbies is boxing," says Peart, "and he brings that muscularity to his playing. So it was actually very easy for us to develop a rapport, because we're both such physical players."
Also in December of '85, Hit Parader published a retrospective look at Rush titled Mind Over Metal. The article is actually a preview of the release of Power Windows - which is simply referred to as Rush's "Latest Album". Still, not a bad historical review of the band through 1985.
Up next is a series of foreign-language reviews of Power Windows that were published during 1985:
images/scans/1985.11.15-Der-Musikmarkt-GER.jpg target="_p10">Mit "Power Windows" Eroffnet Rush neue Dimensionen des gepriesenen Fantasy-Rock from Der Musikmarkt of Germany. Published: November 11th, 1985
images/scans/1985.11-Crash-GER.jpg target="_p10">Rush: Power Windows (Review) from Crash Magazine of Germany. Published: November 1985
images/scans/1985.11-Metal-Hammer-GER.pdf target="_p10">Ein Hauch von Perfektion from Metal Hammer Magazine of Germany. Published: November 1985
images/scans/1985.11-Musik-Szene-GER.pdf target="_p10">Pick-Ups: Rush from Musik Szene Magazine of Germany. Published: November 1985
images/scans/1985.11-Rockpower-GER.jpg target="_p10">Power Windows (Review) from RockPower Magazine of Germany. Published: November 1985
images/scans/1985.12.28-Neue-Zeit-GER.jpg target="_p10">Power Windows (Review) from Neue Zeit Magazine of Germany. Published: December 28th, 1985
images/scans/1985.12-Metal-Attack-FRA.jpg target="_p10">Power Windows (Review) from Metal Attack Magazine of France. Published: December 1985
images/scans/1985.12-Metal-Hammer-GER.jpg target="_p10">Rush from Metal Hammer Magazine of Germany. Published: December 1985
And we'll close out 1985 with a series of various advertisements from around the world:
images/scans/adv-1984.07-Rockin-On-Japan.jpg target="_p10">Grace Under Pressure Advertisement from Rockin on Japan Magazine of Japan. Published: July 1984
images/scans/adv-1985.07.25-Kerrang!.jpg target="_p10">Rush: Through the Camera Eye Advertisement from Kerrang! Magazine of the U.K. Published: July 25th, 1985
images/scans/adv-1985.10.12-Melody-Maker-UK.jpg target="_p10">The Big Money/Territories Double-Single Advertisement from Melody Maker Magazine of the U.K. Published: October 12th, 1985
images/scans/adv-1985.10.12-The-Hit-UK.jpg target="_p10">The Big Money/Territories Double-Single Advertisement from The Hit Magazine of the U.K. Published: October 12th, 1985
images/scans/adv-1985.10-Vertigo-UK.jpg target="_p10">The Big Money Single Advertisement from Vertigo Magazine of the U.K. Published October 1985
images/scans/adv-1985.11-Metallion-CAN.jpg target="_p10">Power Windows Advertisement from Metallion Magazine of Canada. Published: November 1985
images/scans/adv-1985.12.31-Circus.jpg target="_p10">Power Windows Advertisement from Circus Magazine of the U.S. Published: December 31st, 1985
images/scans/adv-1985.12-Kerrang!.jpg target="_p10">Power Windows Picture Disc Advertisement from Kerrang! Magazine of the U.K. Published: December 1985
images/scans/adv-1985.12-Musik-Express-Sounds-GER.jpg target="_p10">Power Windows Advertisement from Musik Express Magazine of Germany. Published: December 1985
Shooting ahead to 1989, the November 25th issue of Kerrang! Magazine included an interesting interview with Alex Lifeson titled The Meaning Of Lifeson. Alex talks about Rush's then-latest album Presto, the cover images of all those bunnies and the thematic elements behind the album as a whole. For fans of Presto and/or Alex, this is a really great read.
We'll close out the 80's with a foreign review of Rush's third live offering, A Show of Hands. This review was published in the April 1989 edition of France's Guitare & Claviers Magazine.
We'll start off the 90's with a lengthy article that originally appeared in the December 1991 issue of Guitar World Magazine. Titled Alex Lifeson & Geddy Lee: Flesh and Bones, this interview focuses on the making of Roll the Bones and features some photographs by late-Rush photographer Andrew MacNaughtan.
The February 1992 issue of Tunes Magazine featured Geddy on the cover and included an article titled Rush 'Rolls the Bones' As They Enter the 1990's. The article/interview with Geddy Lee part review of the making of Roll the Bones and part retrospective look at the history of Rush.
Continuing in 1992, Rush once again appeared on the pages of the UK's Kerrang! Magazine. The March 7th issue included a number of 'Touring Pictures' of the band from their Roll the Bones tour, taken by famed photographer Ross Halfin. You can check them out HERE.
Also in March of '92, Hit Parader Magazine published Rush: Bad to the Bones; an interview with Geddy Lee about "The Secrets Behind Roll the Bones." while Network Magazine published Rush: Why This Band is Still Around; an interview with Neil Peart also related to the release of Roll the Bones.
In 1994, Rolling Stone Magazine published a book called The New Rolling Stone Encyclopedia which included this entry on Rush. Not surprisingly, Rolling Stone condensed Rush's then 20-year storied career into a four mediocre paragraphs. Typical.
The June 1995 issue of Canadian Musician Magazine included a lengthy feature titled Return of the Six-String Beast; an article which contained "...reflections, insights and advice from the guitar community's pre-eminent practitioners." Alex Lifeson is prominently featured in the article where he discusses his writing techniques and gear, among other things.
The November 1996 issue of Guitar World Magazine included a sixteen page interview/article with all three members of Rush titled Living in the Limelight and sub-titled: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart Look Back at Rush's Long, Illustrious Career. The article discusses the making of Test for Echo but it also dives deeply into the working relationship of the band members, provides a historical look at the band and more. Without question, one article not to be missed.
Also in 1996, the December 12th issue of Rolling Stone Magazine featured Geddy Lee in their Q&A segment. It includes some atypical questions, to be sure:
RS: Do any bands carry the Rush torch?
GL: Perhaps Primus. There's a weirdness there that I detect was maybe partly inspired by the weirdness of our music.
RS: What's a misconception about Rush?
GL: That we're deadly serious folk, floating around on some self-righteous cloud.
The Winter 1996 edition of the Rush fan-club magazine A Show of Fans included a well-written and very lengthy interview with Alex Lifeson. The interview focuses on Alex's solo effort Victor but also discusses Rush's history. A fun read to be sure, but any interview with Alex is a fun read!
Similar to the entry in the The New Rolling Stone Encyclopedia back in 1994, the The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music, published in 1997, also contained a segment on Rush in their publication. Once again, it's little more than a quick retrospective look back at the band and their successes.
In 1999, Geddy Lee was featured in two issues of Canadian Musician magazine. The first, published in September, was titled The Secrets of Playing Bass While Singing:
CM: Playing live, since that's when you do the vocals and bass together the most, what's going through your mind?
Then in November, CM published Working with a Drummer: How to Sound Your Best; another interview with Geddy Lee:
GL: When I'm singing, I'm really thinking about ...
CM: Like are you looking at the crowd, or ...
GL: No, I'm thinking about singing in tune. (laughs)
CM: So lyrics, again, become second nature?
GL: Absolutely. Lyrics are second nature. Sometimes I forget them, and sometimes I need to have little taped reminders for lyrics. As I age, my memory for lyrics becomes more faulty.
CM: For a young bass player who's just picking up the instrument, what's the best advice could you share? What are the most important things?
GL: For me, it's finding bass players that just blow you away, and imitating them, mimicking them, and playing around with what they do. You just take a phrase, or something that you think is impossible to play by a bass player that you love, and keep playing it until it's not impossible, and that makes you realize the potential that you have. Really, most bass players - most musicians, I think, start out like that.
We'll enter the 21st century with this article that appeared in the December 28th, 2001 issue of Newsday. Titled Winning the Popularity Vote, it discusses the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's nominating committee's continual dismissal of Rush and other progressive acts.
The September 2004 issue of France's Rock & Folk Magazine posted this 4-star review of Rush's Feedback album where the reviewer felt that Rush's tribute to these songs "...demonstrate that these songs have kept all their strength over time..."
Up next is a great, 5-page piece on Rush that appeared in the January 2006 issue of Guitarist Magazine. Titled Making Memories, this interview with both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson looks back at the career of Rush while also looking ahead.
"Ageing is not fun! There's always that negative thing of looking back at your life's work and seeing the bad glasses and bad haircuts..." -Geddy Lee.
Later, in April of 2009, MOJO Magazine published a short interview with Geddy Lee where the Rush front-man discussed listening to Led Zeppelin's debut album for the first time, and the impact it had on Rush. This piece is called Last Night a Record Changed My Life:
"...we sat down together and listened to it track by track. Our jaws dropped. As you go through that record, it's just incredible..."
We'll enter the current decade with a one-page spread on Alex Lifeson that appeared in the January 2012 issue of Total Guitar Magazine. The article, titled Rush: Still on a Journey of Discovery, 20 Albums On was a preview of the release of Clockwork Angels.
Later, in April of 2012, Guitar Techniques Magazine published this favorable review of Rush's Time Machine Tour concert film while the July 2012 issue of Total Guitar Magazine from the UK published this four-star review of Clockwork Angels.
Also in July of 2012, Classic Rock Magazine included a segment that had various artists look back to 1977. Alex Lifeson was featured in the piece where, in his usual rapier wit, had this to say:
"...I was an old fart at 24. And I still am."
Continuing in July of 2012, Guitarist Magazine, Alex Lifeson was featured once again in this one-page 10 Questions We Ask Everyone segment:
IS THERE A MYTH ABOUT YOU, YOUR BAND OR YOUR GUITAR PLAYING THAT YOU'D LIKE TO SET STRAIGHT?
"Yes. That we're not as extremely handsome as everyone thinks [laughs]."
Rush graced the pages of Guitarist Magazine again in their August issue where Clockwork Angels received this glowing four-star review:
"This is Rush in pared-down power trio mode and they've rarely been tighter. It's a towering, modern rock record."
Also in August, Q Magazines published this news story / review which discussed the closing of Roadrunner's UK office and the release of Clockwork Angels.
Up next is a great in-depth piece that was published in the August 2012 issue of Total Guitar Magazine. Titled Rush: Clockwork Angels - Alex Lifeson and Producer Nick Raskulinecz talk us through the inner workings of Rush's latest triumph, the article takes a track-by-track approach at revealing the "behind-the-scenes" facts about Clockwork Angels.
The favorable reviews of Clockwork Angels continue in this five-star review that was originally published in the September 2012 issue of Guitar Techniques Magazine from the UK. Clockwork Angels was named album of the month in the issue.
We'll end 2012 - and this 10th installment - with a series of foreign articles from around the world; most of which focus on the various releases by Rush in the current decade including, of course, Clockwork Angels:
images/scans/2010.03-Rock&Folk-FRA.jpg target="_p10">Rush: Working Man (Review) from Rock & Folk Magazine of France. Published: March 2010
images/scans/2010.08-This-Is-Rock-SPA.jpg target="_p10">Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage (Review) from This is Rock Magazine of Spain. Published: August 2010
images/scans/2010.12-Rock&Folk-FRA.jpg target="_p10">Rush: Classic Albums - 2112 & Moving Pictures (Review) from Rock & Folk Magazine of France. Published: December 2012
images/scans/2011.01-This-Is-Rock-SPA.pdf target="_p10">Rush: The Moving Pictures (13-page extensive article) from This is Rock Magazine of Spain. Published: January 2011
images/scans/2012.07-Break-Out-GER.pdf target="_p10">Clockwork Angels (Review) from Break Out Magazine of Germany. Published: July 2012
images/scans/2012.07-Classic-Rock-GER.pdf target="_p10">Rush: Vergangenheit hat Zukunft (Past Has a Future) and Clockwork Angels Review from Classic Rock Magazine of Germany. Published: July 2012
images/scans/2012.07-Empire-GER.jpg target="_p10">Clockwork Angels (Review) from Empire Magazine of Germany. Published: July 2012
images/scans/2012.07-Guitar-GER.pdf target="_p10">Rush: Vier Saiten sind besser als sechs! (Four strings are better than six) from Guitar Magazine of Germany. Published: July 2012
images/scans/2012.07-Metal-Hammer-GER.pdf target="_p10">Rush: Die Grosse Prog-Konstante (The Big Prog-Constant) from Metal Hammer Magazine. Published: July 2012
images/scans/2012.07-Oxmox-GER.jpg target="_p10">Clockwork Angels (Review) from Oxmox Magazine of Germany. Published: July 2012
images/scans/2012.07-Rocks-GER.pdf target="_p10">Das Gefurchtete Wort (The Dreaded Word) and Clockwork Angels Review from Rocks Magazine of Germany. Published: July 2012
images/scans/2012.07-Visions-GER.jpg target="_p10">Clockwork Angels (Review) from Visions Magazine of Germany. Published: July 2012
images/scans/2012.08-Good-Times-GER.jpg target="_p10">Clockwork Angels (Review) from Good Times Magazine of Germany. Published: August 2012
images/scans/2012.08-Metal-Hammer-GER.jpg target="_p10">Clockwork Angels (Review) from Metal Hammer Magazine of Germany. Published: August 2012
images/scans/2012.08-Musik-Express-GER.jpg target="_p10">Clockwork Angels (Review) from Musik Express Magazine of Germany. Published: August 2012
images/scans/2012.08-Musix-GER.jpg target="_p10">Clockwork Angels (Review) from Musix Magazine of Germany. Published: August 2012
images/scans/2012.08-roadie-crew-brazil.pdf target="_p10">Rush: No Real Sentido da Palavra (Rush: The Real Meaning of the Word) from Roadie Crew Magazine of Brazil. Published: August 2012
images/scans/2012.08-Rolling-Stone-GER.pdf target="_p10">Ein Kuckucksei im Nest (A cuckoo in the nest) and Clockwork Angels Review from Rolling Stone Magazine of Germany. Published: August 2012
images/scans/2012.08-Ticketmaster-Magazine-GER.jpg target="_p10">Clockwork Angels (Review) from Ticketmaster Magazine of Germany. Published: August 2012
images/scans/2012.09-Drums&Percussion-GER.jpg target="_p10">Clockwork Angels (Review) from Drums & Percussions Magazine of Germany. Published: August 2012
images/scans/2012.09-Rock-It!-GER.jpg target="_p10">Clockwork Angels (Review) from Rock It! Magazine of Germany. Published: September 2012
images/scans/2012.09-Slam-GER.jpg target="_p10">Clockwork Angels (Review) from Slam Magazine of Germany. Published: September 2012
images/scans/2012.12-Empire-GER.pdf target="_p10">Clockwork Angels (Review) from Empire Magazine of Germany. Published: December 2012
images/scans/2012.12-Progressive-Newsletter-GER.pdf target="_p10">Clockwork Angels (Review) from Progressive Newletter Magazine of Germany. Published: December 2012
And so we close out this tenth installment of Rush: A Brief History of Time. Thanks for reading, and to all the contributors!
Part XI - Originally published on October 23rd, 2013
In this eleventh installment of Rush: A Brief History of Time, a total of 98 new articles and advertisements have been added. The additions span all five decades of Rush's legacy including some of the earliest mentions of the band in Billboard Magazine -- from 1973! Once again, tremendous thanks go out to long-time reader and site contributor Heiko Klages of Germany and Eric Hansen from Power Windows whom both providing the bulk of the articles in this installment. Additional thanks also go out to reader RushFanForever.
Let's start off this installment with the aforementioned Billboard articles from 1973. Rush was briefly mentioned in both this article from the September 1st, 1973 and this article from the September 15th, 1973 editions of the magazine. While there is very little content to the articles, these could represent the first time Rush were mentioned in Billboard.
Continuing on the Billboard trend, here are links to additional Rush appearances in the magazine during the 1970's:
images/scans/1975.02.15-Billboard.jpg target="_p11">February 15th, 1975
images/scans/1976.10.16-Billboard.jpg target="_p11">Rush: All the World's a Stage Charting Info - Billboard, 10/16/1976
images/scans/1976.11.13-Billboard.jpg target="_p11">Canadian Artists Get Heavy Polydor Push - Billboard, 11/13/1976
images/scans/1977.01.15-Billboard.jpg target="_p11">New On the Charts: Rush Fly By Night / In the Mood - Billboard, 01/15/1977
Continuing with the early to mid 70's, we have two very positive reviews of the band's debut album. The first comes from the February 1975 issue of Circus Raves magazine and the February 1975 issue of Creem Magazine, which made this interesting observation:
"...Classic three man heavy metal that distorts no matter how low you play it. Lead singer sounds close enough to Robert Plant to get called an imitator, but has enough of his own style to get away with it. Down to earth lyrics: none of this progressive shit..."Just wait, Creem. Just wait. :-)
We also have a lengthy review of 2112 that was published in the Dutch magazine Muziekkrant OOR titled Rush de Zware Zone or "Rush Heavy Zone".
Later, in 1977, the Daily Herald of Wisconsin published this article ahead of Rush's May 9th, 1977 performance at the Wausau Newman High School in Wausau, Wisconsin. Also included are some Polaroid pictures of the band as well as a concert advertisement. You can also view enhanced version of the pictures HERE.
Later in 1977, Rush was featured in Circus Magazine in a full-page article titled Rush Rock & Roll in the Classroom. Yes, just as the title suggests, all three members of Rush did visit a classroom for a Q&A session from some students. The questions included some deep, thought-provoking topics including "Do you smoke dope?", "What kind of cars do you own?" and "How old are you?". Still, a very fun read.
We'll close out the 70's with this very interesting Biography/Press Kit about the band that was published by Phonogram USA and released in September of 1978.
On to the 80's which we'll open with another press kit/biography/Rush Facts sheet that was published in connection with the release of Permanent Waves. This kit also includes a story by Neil Peart that would later appear in the Permanent Waves tour book.
Continuing on the theme of press kits comes this offering that was published in March of 1980 by The Source; NBC Radio's Young Adult Network.
Rush appeared in Billboard Magazine dozens of times throughout the 80's. Here's a listing of nine new articles that featured the band:
images/scans/1982.07.10_Billboard_USA.jpg target="_p11">Le Rush Job - Billboard, 07/10/1982
images/scans/1982.09.04_Billboard_USA.jpg target="_p11">New World Man (Single/Review) - Billboard, 09/04/1982
images/scans/1982.09.18_Billboard_USA.pdf target="_p11">Out of the Box / Spotlight on Rush - Billboard, 09/18/1982
images/scans/1982.09.25_Billboard_USA.jpg target="_p11">Signals Singles Charting Info - Billboard, 09/25/1982
images/scans/1983.03.19_Billboard_USA.doc target="_p11">Loverboy, Rush are Top Juno Nominees - Billboard, 03/19/1983
images/scans/1984.10.20_Billboard_USA.jpg target="_p11">Geddy Lee Photograph with Jeanne Beker - Billboard, 10/20/1984
images/scans/1985.10.12_Billboard_USA.jpg target="_p11">Rush "Big Money" Video Mention - Billboard, 10/12/1985
images/scans/1985.11.02_Billboard_USA.pdf target="_p11">Power Windows Review / Production Opens 'Windows' for Rush - Billboard, 11/02/1985
images/scans/1986.01.18_Billboard_USA.jpg target="_p11">Rush Opens Learning Tie-Ins - Billboard, 01/18/1986
A March 1980 issue of the Chicago Tribune published an interview with Neil Peart titled Bucking the trends, Rush rides the crest of 'Permanent Waves'. Unfortunately only the first part of the interview is available in this document however the entire transcription of the interview is available HERE.
The March 6th, 1983 edition of the Houston Chronicle published this lengthy pre-concert interview with the band. In it, Alex comments at the possibility of recording a solo album:
"Are those solo albums on the back burner? Are they going to be realized?"
"I'm sure they'll be realized. It's just a matter of when. I mean, when you tour for four to five months, and you get six weeks off, the last thing you want to do is lock yourself up in the studio working. I think we need to take a good chunk of time off to get really serious about something like that. However, if we work at it piecemeal, I can see a project like that taking a year, two years."
One of my favorite additions to this installment is this great June 1983 Creem Magazine interview with Hugh Syme about all of this work on Rush's album covers. Hugh provides some interesting insights into the covers for Permanent Wages, Moving Pictures and Signals among others:
Well, I guess that just leaves the dog and the fire hydrant.
Well, I was given the word "Signals." It was such a broad concept that it was baffling for all of us. We really had trouble with that one, and I decided that, with such a phenomenally important word with the kind of potency it potentially had, to go with something really dumb, really inane. But something which would still tie in with songs such as "Chemistry," and the subdivision aspect of the fire hydrants, lawns, and neighborhood dogs.
As we head into the mid-80's, and the release of Power Windows, numerous reviews of Rush's eleventh studio album began to pop up across the globe. Here's a listing of this installment's Power Windows reviews:
images/scans/1985.10.19-sounds.jpg target="_p11">A Touch of Glass - Sounds Magazine, 10/19/1985
images/scans/1986.01.00-Stereoplay.jpg target="_p11">Rush Hour - StereoPlay Magazine (Germany), 01/01/1986
images/scans/1986.01.13-People-Magazine.jpg target="_p11">Power Windows (Review) - People Magazine, 01/13/1986
images/scans/1986.01.31-Circus.jpg target="_p11">Rush Confronts the Big Money - Circus Magazine, 01/31/1986
images/scans/1986.10.1986-Rock-Scene.jpg target="_p11">Power Windows (Review) - Rock Scene Magazine, 10/01/1986
Continuing with the Power Windows theme, the February 28th, 1986 issue of Circus Magazine included a nice, multi-page article on the band titled Rush: A Power Rock Tradition while the Toronto Star published a duel-article on the band on the same day. Those articles were titled Search for the Perfect Feel Led Rush to New Worlds and Rush Wins Crotchety Old Critic's Respect:
"...But critics must recognize what goes on behind the art as much as the art itself and seeing the honesty and honour behind what Rush has done is easy to do.
It's easy for a crotchety and snooty old critic..."
In the following month, Kerrang! Magazine published this one-page feature on the band titled Pressure Points while Creem Magazine published this article/review of a Rush concert in New Jersey titled The Rushians Are Coming.
Also in March of 1986, Video Rock Stars magazine published a lengthy, and rather insightful, interview with Geddy Lee titled Rush: Throws Open Power Windows:
"We don't mind doing interviews," says Geddy Lee, confronting one of the many myths that has grown up around Rush during the band's over a decade-long history. "What we're not comfortable with is all the hype, blitzing this radio show and that, doing those ... " He appears to be searching for a better word but allows a tone of disdain to suffice," rock star kind of things."
Later, in May of '86, Rush and Ray Danniels are mentioned in an article from Canadian Musician magazine titled You Too Can Conquer the U.S.A. while Geddy Lee was interviewed for Faces Magazine in this article titled Geddy Lee on "The world's most popular underground band":
Before and After-image:No question about it, Geddy... :-)
"Rush doesn't have an obvious image. I think we're surprisingly unknown to a lot of people. They don't really associate our names with our faces. I look at us as the world's largest underground band, the world's most popular underground band. "I'm always surprised though. I'll go to some town and someone will come up to me and say, 'Aren't you ...' and I always feel like they shouldn't know who I am. So maybe I'm wrong. Maybe we're better known than I think."
Also in May of '86 comes this fantastic five-page interview with Geddy Lee from Guitar World magazine. The interview, titled Geddy Lee: More Bass, More Space in the Modern World was conducted by John Swenson while New York's The Music Paper also sat down with Geddy in this Conversation with Geddy Lee piece.
The June 1986 issue of Circus Magazine included another lengthy article on Rush titled Rush's Mystic Rhythms Pulse in Canada, a reflective piece on Rush's career through that point:
One explanation of Rush's long career - comprising 13 gold albums, six of which are platinum - may lie in its members' ability to draw the line; not to go over the edge. In a business littered with the detritus of smashed careers, car wrecks and overdose cases, Rush seems like a folk group booked on studs-and-leather night at L'Amour. Any mild-mannered rock & roller
could drink all three of them under the table and possibly go home with the first available sweetie as well. (Rush are perfectly happy with their wives.)I have to wonder how the band reacted to this description of them. :-) Also in June, this 'excellent' review of Mystic Rhythms appeared in Hard Rock Magazine.
July of '86 saw Rush featured in numerous articles, beginning with this brief 'review' of the Grace Under Pressure Tour Video that appeared in Kerrang! Magazine. Up next was a mention in a Canadian Musician magazine article titled Canadian Musicians and their Money where Rush's manager Ray Danniels talks about Rush's earning power over the years and how much of a struggle it was in the early days. Up next from the July '86 batch of articles, is a one-page interview with Geddy Lee about Power Windows which was published in Faces magazine. The article is titled Rush: Carrying the Prog-Rock Torch:
Geddy is clearly happy with Power Windows. In fact, the LP is the first he's been totally enthusiastic about since the release of Moving Pictures nearly five years back. The two studio albums released between that LP and Power Windows (Signals and Grace Under Pressure) didn't quite do it for Geddy. The recording sessions were tough and the results they yielded weren't, according to the singer, up to scratch.
Closing out the July '86 articles is a piece published in Guitar For The Practicing Musician Magazine titled Open Ears: On the Road with Rush.
September of '86 is represented with two interview/articles centering on Power Windows and the album's world tour. First comes Canadian Trio Continue Power Windows World Tour from Hit Parader Magazine. This interview with Geddy Lee discusses "...his beginnings and the changes Rush has seen over the years..." Up next is a nice, multi-page article titled It's Those Wacky Guys in Rush from Creem Magazine. This article/interview piece touches upon the notion of Rush bringing on a fourth member:
"Adding a fourth man to the band is a spectre we've had to face for 10 years," says Peart. "As soon as we began running up against the limitations of three instruments, we began talking about it. This album got the debate going all over again."
But the bottom line, Peart concludes, is that "we like being a trio."
"There's a very good chemistry here," he says. "And we don't want to do anything that might upset what has been a very good balance professionally and personally. If there was a way three of us could pull it off, we decided we were going to find it."
Closing out the 80's are two in-depth interviews with Neil Peart. The first appeared in the October 1986 issue of Guitar For The Practicing Musician Magazine. Titled The Songwriting Interview, Neil and interviewer Bruce Pollack discuss the development of Rush's songs from a lyrical and musical perspective. I found this question/answer particularly interesting:
Do you feel that your best lyrics have become your best songs?
The second Neil Peart interview was originally published in the May 21st, 1988 issue of Kerrang! Magazine. This piece, titled Prime Groover, has Neil philosophizing about fame, fortunes and the myths of being a glamorized rock star. Definitely an interesting read.
No, not always. It's weird how it goes. There's so much chemistry involved and there's so many intangible things that happen. There are ones where the music has been better than the lyrics or the lyrics better than the music. I think Middletown Dreams is a good marriage of lyrics and music. Mystic Rhythms is another one.
Before we head into the 90's, here are eleven more foreign articles from the 1980's - published in various magazines from Germany, France and Spain:
images/scans/1986.01-Audio_GER.jpg target="_p11">Rush aus Kanada - Ein Treues Trio - Musik-Magazin (Germany), 01/01/1986
images/scans/1986.01-Fachblatt_GER.pdf target="_p11">Alex Lifeson, Gitarrist von Rush - Fachblatt Magazine (Germany), 01/01/1986
images/scans/1986.01-SoundCheck_GER.pdf target="_p11">Rush Die Grenzendes Trio Gesprengt - SoundCheck Magazine (Germany), 01/01/1986
images/scans/1986.02.Audio_GER.jpg target="_p11">Power Windows (Review) - Audio Magazine (Germany), 02/01/1986
images/scans/1986.02-HardRockMagazine_FRA.jpg target="_p11">Power Windows (Review) - Hard Rock Magazine (France), 02/01/1986
images/scans/1986.02-Heavy-Rock_SPA.pdf target="_p11">Rush Y Las Ventanas Del Poder - Heavy Rock Magazine (Spain), 02/01/1986
images/scans/1986.02-RockDeLux_SPA.jpg target="_p11">Rush: El Ultimo Ciclo - Rock DeLux Magazine (Spain), 02/01/1986
images/scans/1986.04-Rock-Power_GER.pdf target="_p11">Rush: The Story of a Canadian Rock Group - Rock Power Magazine (Germany), 04/01/1986
images/scans/1986.06-Enfer_FRA.jpg target="_p11">Rush: Through the Camera Eye (Review) - Enfer Magazine (France), 06/01/1986
images/scans/1986.08-Crash_GER.jpg target="_p11">Rush: Grace Under Pressure Tour Video (Review) - Crash Magazine (Germany), 08/01/1986
images/scans/1986.09-Metal-Hammer_GER.jpg target="_p11">Rush: Grace Under Pressure Tour Video (Review) - Metal Hammer Magazine (Germany), 09/01/1986
Opening the 90's are a trio of interviews with Geddy Lee from 1991 that center on the release of Roll The Bones. The first interview with Geddy appeared in the October 1991 issue of Metal Hammer magazine. Titled Rush & Roulette, one of the topics of discussion is how Roll the Bones differs from a melodic point of view:
"...What really excites me about this album is that I think we have a stronger sense of melody in the vocals than ever before. I think that with each album we do there tends to be one area that we concentrate on more than any other and with 'Roll the Bones' it was definitely the vocal department..."
Later, in November, Geddy was interviewed by Music Express Magazine in this piece titled Twist of Fate; where he discusses the challenges of setting up a world tour.
Finally, in December, Geddy took time to sit down with The Music Paper for this interview titled Three Is Never a Crowd.
In January of 1994, Alex Lifeson was interviewed for The New Review of Records in a piece titled Rush: Closer to the Heart. In it, Alex discusses Counterparts and whether or not Neil was "in love" when writing some of the lyrics for the album:
"It's certainly mentioned a lot more," Lifeson says, "but it's the camera balance of different types of love and how it applies in different kinds of relationships." So he wasn't skipping around the room? "Ah, no."
Also in early 1994, Alex was interviewed not for his prowess as a guitarist, but for the sound system he had installed in his car. The interview appeared in the February 1994 issue of Car Stereo Review in an article titled Smart Alex.
In March of 1994, an interesting dual interview/article between Geddy Lee and Primus' Les Claypool appeared in Creem Magazine. The piece is titled Crash Course in Bass Surgery and is definitely an eye-opening read:
Their guitarists have sheepish smiles, their singers have big noses, but Rush and Primus have more in common than good looks. Both trios mix complex rhythmic structures, streaming guitars, and literate lyrics, and all six members are big Three Stooges fans as immortalized both in the new Primus tune, "Poetry and Prose," recorded for The Beavis & Butt-head Experience (Geffen) and the liner notes of Rush's new album Counterparts (Anthem/Atlantic). But beyond that, beyond the mutual respect, friendship, and the endless jams we'll never hear, are the completely opposite misconceptions they both suffer.
Primus are thought of as a bunch of cartoonish meatballs, while Rush is considered to be a group of mind-blowing instrumental perfectionists, when both could be said of either band. Similarly, Primus' Les Claypool is one of the most unusual and original bassists ever - he could eventually be as influential a bassist as Rush's percussion master Neil Peart is a drummer - yet Rush's recent shows have included giant dancing rabbits.
So what happens when you get Les Claypool and his Rush counterpart Geddy Lee together? You don't want to know.
We'll close out 1994 with a Neil Peart interview from the November issue of Hit Parader Magazine. This piece, titled Gearing Up: Tech Talk touches upon Neil's struggles with fame, his songwriting methodologies and, of course, drumming.
Our next piece opens up a series of articles from 1996. Originally appearing in the February '96 issue of Canadian Musician Magazine, this interview with Alex Lifeson titled Rush's Guitarist Explores His Own Inner Voices on His First Solo Project focuses, obviously, on Lifeson's Victor solo album as does a brief write-up that appeared in the February issue of Guitar School Magazine titled Late Bloomer.
In October of 1996, Rush was once again featured in an issue of Guitar School Magazine; this time in a lengthy 8-page piece titled Grace Under Pressure. The article "...examine[s] many of the highlights of Rush's incredibly rich history and take[s] a close look at Alex Lifeson's wide-ranging guitar work and Geddy Lee's inimitable bass stylings..."
In December of '96, Geddy Lee was featured in Guitar Shop Magazine in a one-page interview/featured titled On The Spot: Geddy Lee of Rush where the topic of conversation centered around Geddy's bass playing on Test for Echo and his current gear line-up.
At the tail-end of 1996, Geddy Lee and Living Colour's guitarist Vernon Reid were featured in a 3-page piece appearing in the December issue of Request Magazine. The article, titled Passion Players is a three-way interview of sorts between Reid, Geddy and Greg Kot (of Request Magazine):
Reid: Have you ever thought about doing a record where it's just you playing keyboards and bass, a kind of instrumental thing?
Lee: I'm so torn between the amount of energy it takes to continue this band in the way I want it to continue and being a real family guy. I like to spend so much of my time nurturing that side of my family that gets ignored when I'm doing the band. So to say I'm taking this other period of time away from both of those things to do this other project.... It's not a lack of willingness to experiment, it's a lack of desire to be selfish enough to say I need to do this for myself.
We'll close out the 90's with three separate articles that all appeared in the Rush Fanzine A Show of Fans:
images/scans/1996.06-ASOF.pdf target="_p11">Ask Big Al (Q&A) - A Show of Fans, Summer 1996
images/scans/1996.09-ASOF.pdf target="_p11">ASOF Speaks with Geddy Lee / Ask Big Al Pt. 2 - A Show of Fans, Fall 1996
images/scans/1997.12-ASOF.pdf target="_p11">Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain - an Interview with Howard Ungerlieder - A Show of Fans, Winter 1997
Opening up the articles for the 21st century is an excellent interview with Geddy Lee conducted by none other than Eddie Trunk for the May 2001 issue of Metal Edge Magazine. The piece, titled Addicted to the Rush, focuses on Geddy's solo album My Favorite Headache.
In 2002, a pair of articles written about Rush's triumphant return with Vapor Trails were published:
images/scans/2002.06.27-Record-Journal.jpg target="_p11">A Comeback Some Thought Wouldn't Happen - The Record Journal, 06/27/2002
images/scans/2002.06.28-The-Hartford-Courant.jpg target="_p11">Rush: A Relic Refreshed - The Hartford Courant, 06/28/2002
Moving ahead to 2007 and the release of Snakes & Arrows, Rush were featured in a 3-page spread in the April issue of Metal Edge Magazine in a piece titled, simply Rush:
"So many years later and with these aching bodies, we can still do it, and we can still find it within ourselves to be so excited about working with each other!"
Also related to the release of S&A comes this favorable review of the album that appeared in the June 2007 issue of the Spanish magazine This is Rock.
October of 2008 saw the release of a book titled The Top 100 Canadian Albums. Not surprisingly, Rush was featured within the book. You can read all of the Rush-related entries HERE.
Heading into the current decade, the articles focus largely around Clockwork Angels. Starting off the batch is this one-page feature from Prog Magazine titled Back to the Future. Also in February, Alex Lifeson was the subject of attention in an issue of Total Guitar magazine in a piece called String 'Em Up: Alex Lifeson where the Rush guitarist talks about "...Doublenecks, Tribute Bands, mid-gig chundering and his least-favourite Rush song..."
Later in August of 2012, Geddy Lee was interviewed for an extensive piece that appeared in an issue of Guitar & Bass Magazine. The article, titled Geddy Up discusses Geddy's approach to the development of Clockwork Angels:
"I wanted it to be a collection of songs united by a story. Much in the way that you look at a record like [the Who's] Tommy, there are a few musical pieces that repeat throughout but generally these songs are unrelated to each other except by the story they tell. That's what I held up in my mind as an example, each of these songs is quite unique and so melodically we only had to be true to that individual piece: the story is what united them."
In the foreign articles department, the Spanish magazine This is Rock featured Rush in two of its magazines. The first appeared in the November 2010 issue which included a review of the Classic Albums 2112/Moving Pictures documentary as well as a run-down of the Top 10 Rush studio albums. Later, in June of 2011, This is Rock published this review of the 5.1 release of Moving Pictures. Also in 2012, the German publication Eclipsed released this review of Clockwork Angels followed by a lengthy interview with Geddy Lee.
The tail-end of 2012 highlighted the announcement that Rush were to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The December 12th issue of the Los Angeles Times published an article titled Rush Right In while the edition of USA Today on the same day ran an article titled Rock Hall Voting is a Rush, With Heart.
The band also appeared in the March 2013 issue of Rolling Stone in a piece titled Rush's School of Rock.
With the release of the Deluxe Edition of 2112 in 2013, positive reviews of the classic Rush albums appeared in several publications:
images/scans/2013.01.17-rollingstone.jpg target="_p11">When Rush Rocked Out in Space - Rolling Stone Magazine, 01/17/2013
images/scans/2013.02-Classic-Rock_UK.jpg target="_p11">Prog-Rock Epic Stands the Test of Time... - Classic Rock Magazine, 02/01/2013
images/scans/2013.02-Q_Magazine_UK.jpg target="_p11">2112 Deluxe Edition Review - Q Magazine, 02/01/2013
We'll close out this installment with a preview article written ahead of Rush's concert appearance at the SECC in Glasgow, Scotland on May 30th. The article, titled High-Energy Rock with No Signs of Slowing Up appeared in the May 2013 edition of The Scottish Metro.
Finally, we have three new advertisements to add to the mix:
images/scans/adv-1974.06-rush-debut.jpg target="_p11">Rush Debut Album - Source Unknown, June 1974
images/scans/adv-1977.11.16-3-gold-albums.jpg target="_p11">Three Gold Albums in One Day - Source Unknown, November 16th, 1977
images/scans/adv-1986.03.15_Billboard_USA.jpg target="_p11">Grace Under Pressure Tour Video - Billboard Magazine, March 15th, 1986
Thus ends this eleventh installment of Rush: A Brief History of Time. I hope you enjoyed the look back...
Chronological Listing of All Articles
Articles and Interviews
|Rush Mention||Billboard Magazine||09.01.1973|
|Rush "Now Fade Away"||Billboard Magazine||09.15.1973|
|Artist Profile: Rush||RPM Weekly Magazine||12.29.1973|
|Rush: Deadly Serious About Their Music||Eye Magazine||03.21.1974|
|Broadcaster Playlist: Rush||Unknown Source||05.01.1974|
|Rush Rock Sound Crisp and Strong||The Ottawa Citizen||05.30.1974|
|Rush (Review)||The Canadian Composer||06.01.1974|
|Rush, Mercury U.S. Deal||Billboard Magazine||08.10.1974|
|First Time Around: Rush||Billboard Magazine||08.24.1974|
|Rush Hot on Circuit||Billboard Magazine||10.19.1974|
|SRO Expands to Promo, Production, Publishing||Billboard Magazine||11.09.1974|
|Rush Makes Names||Las Cruces Sun||12.20.1974|
|Rush (Review)||Circus Magazine||01.01.1975|
|Rush: Living the Rock and Roll Lifestyle||The Canadian Composer||01.01.1975|
|Rush (Review)||Creem Magazine||02.01.1975|
|Rush (Review)||Circus Raves||02.01.1975|
|Rush Mention||Billboard Magazine||02.15.1975|
|Rush (Review)||Melody Maker Magazine (UK)||02.22.1975|
|A Rush of Sound||Music Canada Quarterly Magazine||03.01.1975|
|Rush (Review)||Melody Maker Magazine||03.15.1975|
|Canada's Rock 'n Roll Rush||RPM Magazine||07.19.1975|
|Rush -- BTO's Heavy Metal Challengers||Circus Raves Magazine||11.01.1975|
|Rush (Caress of Steel Review)||Sounds Magazine (UK)||01.03.1976|
|Rush: Knocking Down the Walls||Hamilton Place Concert Program||02.09.1976|
|Rush: Pebbles & Bam-Bam in Alphaville||Creem Magazine||03.01.1976|
|Rush||Sounds Magazine (UK)||04.17.1976|
|Rush: Speeding Ahead||RPM Weekly Magazine||04.24.1976|
|Rush Goes Into Future Shock: Music Will Not Exist in 2112||Circus Magazine||04.27.1976|
|Rush's "Concept" is Rock & Roll||Scene Magazine||06.09.1976|
|Rush Rushes Into U.S. Prominence||Billboard Magazine||08.28.1976|
|Rush ATWAS Charting Info||Billboard Magazine||10.16.1976|
|Rush Tour Hit By Nationalist Backlash||Record Week Magazine||10.25.1976|
|Canadian Artists Get Heavy Polydor Push||Billboard Magazine||11.16.1976|
|Rush Release: Canada's Power Trio is Switched On Live||Circus Magazine||11.25.1976|
|Rush de Zware Zone||Muziekkrant (Netherlands)||12.15.1976|
|How To Click Without Airplay||Variety||12.22.1976|
|A Solid Gold Rush||Cheap Thrills Magazine||01.01.1977|
|New On the Charts: Rush||Billboard Magazine||01.15.1977|
|Caress of Steel: Poor Man's Zeppelin?||Sounds Magazine (UK)||02.05.1977|
|Rush: Caress of Steel||Record Mirror UK||02.12.1977|
|Rush & Foghat: Two Top Live Acts Team Up For One Night of Electrified Pleasure||Circus Magazine||03.17.1977|
|Rush Sets Concert||The Daily Herald of Wisconsin||05.04.1977|
|The Rush Conquest||Circus Magazine||05.12.1977|
|Success Spawns New Label||RPM Magazine (Canada)||06.01.1977|
|Rush to Judgement||Creem Magazine||06.01.1977|
|We Have Assumed Control||Sounds Magazine (UK)||06.11.1977|
|Drums & Percussion: Rush Hour||Melody Maker Magazine||07.23.1977|
|Rush Judgement||Sounds Magazine (UK)||07.16.1977|
|Rush Rock & Roll in the Classroom||Circus Magazine||08.04.1977|
|Rush: Canada's Most Successful (And Least Recognized) Rock Band||Georgia Straight Magazine (Vancouver)||09.15.1977|
|Rush: La Surprise||Best 110 Magazine (France)||09.01.1977|
|Slaap Je Niet, Dan Rush Je Toch!||Muziekkrant OOR Magazine||09.07.1977|
|Rush: An International Happening|| RPM Magazine (Canada)||09.17.1977 |
|The Rush Tapes, Part 1||Circus Magazine||10.13.1977|
|The Rush Tapes, Part 2||Circus Magazine||10.27.1977|
|The Rush Tapes, Part 3||Circus Magazine||11.10.1977|
|Rush Scores Gold Albums Without Top 40 Radio Play||Winnipeg Free Press||10.28.1977|
|The Rush Phenomenon||New Music Express||11.06.1977|
|Rush Reiteration||Stagelife Magazine (Canada)||12.01.1977|
|Toronto's Rush Top Rock Export||Winnipeg Free Press||12.07.1977|
|Recognition is Only Half the Fun||Circus Magazine||01.05.1978|
|To Hell With Bob Dylan. Meet Rush. They're in it for the Money||Macleans's Magazine||01.23.1978|
|Rush A Chicago||Pop Rock Jeunesse (Quebec)||01.28.1978|
|Heavy Side of Rush||Melody Maker Magazine||02.11.1978|
|Black Holes: Close Encounters with Rush||Sounds Magazine (UK)||02.25.1978|
|Is The Canadian Rush On?||Music Week Magazine||03.04.1978|
|Power Pop? 'What's That' Say the Rush Fans||Record Mirror (UK)||03.04.1978|
|Is Everybody Feelin' all RIGHT? (Geddit...?)||New Musical Express||03.04.1978|
|Rush Met Voetversnelling||Muziekkrant OOR||03.22.1978|
|SRO/Anthem: Five Years Old and Still Growing||RPM Magazine (Canada)||04.01.1978|
|Rush'n Around||Beat Instrumental UK||04.01.1978|
|Rush Relive Their Early Years||Circus Magazine||05.11.1978|
|Rush's Valuable Triple Echo||Melody Maker Magazine||05.13.1978|
|The Rush Problem||New Musical Express||06.24.1978|
|Rush Hemispheres: A Biography||Phonogram||09.15.1978|
|It Could Be A Meisterwek (But It's More Like A Terrible Mistake)||Sounds Magazine (UK)||10.20.1978|
|Rush: Canadian Rock & Roll Success Story||The New Music Magazine (Canada)||12.01.1978|
|Rush's Music of the Spheres||Circus Weekly Magazine||12.05.1978|
|Systems of Resonance||New Musical Express||12.09.1978|
|Rush: Into the Global Village||RPM Weekly Magazine||12.09.1978|
|Hemispheres (Review)||Circus Magazine||12.12.1978|
|Rush||HM Special Issue||03.01.1979|
|Guitar Heroes: Alex Lifeson||Circus Weekly Magazine||01.02.1979|
|Anthem's Rush Receives Gold, Platinum, Plaque||RPM Weekly Magazine||01.27.1979|
|Rush, Nugent, Aerosmith Blitzkrieg||Sounds Magazine (UK)||02.10.1979|
|The Brain Drain||Record Mirror UK||05.05.1979|
|Rock Against Right-Wing Rock Being Called Facist||New Musical Express||05.05.1979|
|The Rush 'Uns Are Coming||Sounds Magazine||05.05.1979|
|The Maple Leaf Stomp||Melody Maker UK||05.12.1979|
|Rush Rush Rush||Canadian Musician Magazine||06.01.1979|
|Rushing Around...||Beat Instrumental||07.01.1979|
|De Rampen Van Rush||Music Maker Magazine (Netherlands)||08.01.1979|
|Rush: Bingley Hall Stafford||Sounds Magazine (UK)||09.29.1979|
|And What The Mystic Said to the Wallies||New Musical Express Magazine (UK)||10.06.1979|
|Rush Fact Sheet / Personal Waves: The Story of An Album||Phonogram||01.08.1980|
|Billboard Special Survey: Permanent Waves||Billboard Magazine||01.26.1980|
|Permanent Waves (Review)||Cashbox Magazine||01.26.1980|
|Logical Positivism for Astral Minds||Sounds Magazine (UK)||01.26.1980|
|Rush: Something Special for Everyone||Scene Entertainment Weekly||02.14.1980|
|F.M. Radio Earns Plaudits from Rush||Music Express||02.01.1980|
|Permanent Waves (Review)||Melody Maker Magazine||02.01.1980|
|Permanent Waves (Review)||New Musical Express||02.09.1980|
|Intense Early Reaction to Rush's Permanent Waves||RPM Weekly Magazine||02.09.1980|
|Rush Won't Rush Into Style Fads of Moment||Billboard Magazine||03.01.1980|
|Permanent Waves (Review/French)||Rock & Folk Magazine France||03.01.1980|
|Sounds Readers Poll / Rush Hour||Sounds Magazine (UK)||03.01.1980|
|Turn On With Rush||NBC: The Source||03.28.1980|
|Bucking the Trends, Rush Rides the Crest of 'Permanent Waves'||Chicago Tribune||03.30.1980|
|An Interview with Neil Peart||Innerview||03.01.1980|
|Battered by Old & New Waves, Rush Keeps Their Boat Afloat by Rocking It||Circus Magazine||04.01.1980|
|The First Modern Drummer Interview with Neil Peart||Modern Drummer Magazine||04.01.1980|
|A Canadian Chart Rush||Record Review USA||04.01.1980|
|Tight Rush||Record Review USA||04.01.1980|
|The Moustache That Conquered the World||Sounds Magazine (UK)||04.05.1980|
|Permanent Waves (Review)||Goldmine Magazine||05.01.1980|
|Rush: Millionaire Stars of High-Tech Rock||The Toronto Star Magazine||05.03.1980|
|Rush: Heavy Metal Standard Bearer||Record World Newspaper||05.03.1980|
|Alex Lifeson: Rush's Kinetic Lead Guitarist||Guitar Player Magazine||06.01.1980|
|Geddy Lee: Hi-Tech Bassist and Synthesist with Rush||Guitar Player Magazine||06.01.1980|
|Permanent Waves (Review)||Gallery USA Magazine||06.01.1980|
|Rush's Heavy-Metal Message Hits the Radio||Rolling Stone Magazine||06.26.1980|
|The Rush Question||New Music News UK||06.28.1980|
|Rush & Foghat: Tag Team Match of '76||Circus Magazine||10.28.1980|
|Rush Identifies with International Markets||RPM Weekly Magazine||11.08.1980|
|Inside Rush's Moving Pictures||Music Express Magazine||01.01.1981|
|Rockline Hotline: Rush||Hit Parader Magazine||02.01.1981|
|Moving Pictures (Review)||Muziekkrant OOR||02.11.1981|
|Moving Pictures (Review)||Cashbox USA||02.28.1981|
|Moving Pictures (Review)||New Musical Express||02.28.1981|
|Neil Peart & Rush go public on 'Moving Pictures'||Circus Magazine||03.01.1981|
|Permanent Raves||Sounds Magazine (UK)||03.14.1981|
|Rush Biography||Cashbox USA||03.21.1981|
|Rush Job||Melody Maker||03.21.1981|
|Moving Pictures (Review)||Audio (West Germany)||04.01.1981|
|Rush to Glory||Hit Parader||04.01.1981|
|Moving Pictures (Review)||Musik Express (West Germany)||04.01.1981|
|Moving Pictures (Review)||Rock & Folk (France)||04.01.1981|
|Balance Von Intellektund Gefuhl: Rush, Rock Trio aus Kanada||Der Musikmarkt (West Germany)||05.01.1981|
|Moving Pictures (Review)||Music Scene (Switzerland)||05.01.1981|
|Rush: We Hebben het liefst dat ons publiek rustig op zijn stoel blijft zitten||Muziek Expres (Netherlands)||05.01.1981|
|Sometimes Rush Is in A Hurry||The Philadelphia Inquirer||05.22.1981|
|Rush: Power From The People|| Rolling Stone Magazine||05.28.1981|
|Guitars of Rush's Alex Lifeson||Circus Magazine||06.01.1981|
|RUSH: But Why Are They in Such a Hurry?||Creem Magazine||06.01.1981|
|There's a Rush on Platinum||Cashbox USA||06.06.1981|
|Rush Wrap Up Five-Month Tour||Circus Magazine||08.01.1981|
|Rock Groups Hardly Satanic||University of Texas Newspaper||08.01.1981|
|Rush: The How And Why Of Their Long Climb To The Top||Record Review Magazine||08.01.1981|
|Rush: La Ultima Esperanza (The Last Hope)||Popular 1 (Spain)||09.01.1981|
|Caught in the Act: Rush||Hit Parader||10.01.1981|
|Neil Peart Interview with Martin Deller of FM||Canadian Musician Magazine||10.01.1981|
|Closer to the Heart||Kerrang!||11.01.1981|
|Alex Lifeson: The Making of a Killer Sound||Guitar World||11.01.1981|
|Exit...Stage Left (Review)||Govi Katalog (West Germany)||11.01.1981|
|Mitschnitt von Rush - Konzerten als Vorbote zur Deutschland - Tournee||Der Musikmarkt (West Germany)||11.15.1981|
|Product Posing as New Revelation||New Musical Express||11.21.1981|
|Alex's Axe Lacks on Wax||Sounds Magazine (UK)||11.28.1981|
|Rush|| Canadian Musician Magazine||12.01.1981|
|Vital Signs from Rush||Circus Magazine||12.01.1981|
|Exit...Stage Left (Review)||Blitz (West Germany)||12.01.1981|
|Rush Interview||Musiker Music News (West Germany)||12.01.1981|
|Exit...Stage Left (Review)||Musik Express (West Germany)||12.01.1981|
|Exit...Stage Left: A Rush Update by Rush Drummer Neil Peart||Kerrang! Magazine (UK)||01.01.1982|
|Rush To Headling Next Donington?||Sounds Magazine (UK)||01.02.1982|
|Exit...Stage Left (Review)||Stereoplay Magazine (Germany)||02.01.1982|
|Exit...Stage Left (Review)||Rolling Stone Magazine||02.04.1982|
|Exit...Stage Left (Review) Plus Reader's Poll||Circus Magazine||02.28.1982|
|Lifeson Arrives Stage Center With Rush||Circus Magazine||03.31.1982|
|Rush vs. Anti-Nowhere League||Sounds Magazine (UK)||04.03.1982|
|Young Progressive Meets The Hardened Heavies||RAM Magazine (Australia)||04.30.1982|
|Neil Peart Drum Contest w/Results||Modern Drummer Magazine||05.01.1982|
|Le Rush Job||Billboard Magazine||07.10.1982|
|Neil Peart: New World Man||Music Express||09.01.1982|
|Rush: New World Man (Single/Review)||Billboard Magazine||09.04.1982|
|Semi Flawed Signals||Sounds Magazine (UK)||09.01.1982|
|Signals (Review)||Billboard Magazine||09.18.1982|
|A Rush of Old Age||Kerrang! Magazine (UK)||09.23.1982|
|Signals Charting Information||Billboard Magazine||09.25.1982|
|New World Men: On The Road With Rush||Kerrang Magazine||10.07.1982|
|Rushing About||Record Mirror Magazine (UK)||10.02.1982|
|Signals (Review)||Bravo Magazine (Germany)||10.07.1982|
|Stories from Signals / Adrenalin Rush / Signals Review and Response||Sounds Magazine (UK)||10.16.1982|
|Touring Britain is a Real Grind||Kerrang! Magazine (UK)||10.21.1982|
|Rush Takes Off: The Geddy Lee Interview||Scene Entertainment Weekly Magazine||10.28.1982|
|Rush Keep The Boat Afloat||Circus Magazine||10.31.1982|
|Alex Lifeson: Rush||Sounds: Guitar Heroes||11.01.1982|
|Signals (Review)||Musik Express Magazine (Germany)||11.01.1982|
|Signals (Review)||Musik Szene Magazine (Germany)||11.01.1982|
|Signals (Review)||Rock & Folk Magazine (France)||11.01.1982|
|Vreemde Signalen Uit Een Andere Wereld||Joepie Magazine (Belgium)||11.07.1982|
|Rush Kneifen!||Pop Rocky Magazine (Germany)||11.10.1982|
|Signals (Review)||The Pittsburgh Press||11.21.1982|
|Signals (Review)||Popular 1 Magazine (Spain)||12.01.1982|
|Rush Document Special||Fan Produced||12.01.1982|
|Sending New Signals, Rush on the Defense||The Boston Globe||12.06.1982|
|Notes on the Making of Moving Pictures Part I and II||Modern Drummer Magazine||12.31.1982 / 01.31.1983|
|Rush: In the Beginning||Sounds Magazine (UK)||01.01.1983|
|All The World's a Stage: Rush||Heart of Gold: Thirty Years of Canadian Pop Music||01.01.1983|
|Rush Forecast Calendar 1983||Circus Magazine||01.31.1983|
|Rush: New World Men||Record Review Magazine||02.01.1983|
|Reader's Poll Results||Sounds Magazine (UK)||02.19.1983|
|Rush Into Space||Circus Magazine||02.28.1983|
|Toque Off, Eh?||Creem Magazine||03.01.1983|
|Rush: Leaps and Bounds||Hit Parader Magazine||03.01.1983|
|Face to Face With Rush's Geddy Lee||Circus Magazine||03.01.1983|
|Concert Preview||Houston Chronicle||03.06.1983|
|Loverboy, Rush Are Top Juno Nominees||Billboard Magazine||03.19.1983|
|Junos '83: Canada's Recording Industry Puts On Its Best...||Toronto Star||04.03.1983|
|Rush Takes Songs, Lights and a Video Vampire on the Road||Circus Magazine||04.30.1983|
|Rush Biography||Popcorn Magazine (Germany)||05.01.1983|
|Rush: New World Men or BOFs?||Kerrang! Magazine (UK)||05.19.1983|
|The Rush Sanctuary Breached||Sounds Magazine (UK)||05.21.1983|
|Rush at Wembley||The Toronto Star||05.22.1983|
|Brainwaves to Tidal Waves: The Story Behind Rush's Album Covers||Creem Magazine||06.01.1983|
|Alex Lifeson Interview||Enfer Magazine (France)||06.01.1983|
|Spirit of Peart Part One||Kerrang! Magazine (UK)||06.17.1983|
|Spirit of Peart Part Two||Kerrang! Magazine (UK)||07.01.1983|
|Rush: Possibly The Most Successful Foreign Band In The UK||Music U.K. Magazine||07.01.1980|
|Neil Peart Interview||Feedback! Rock Interviews (Ireland)||07.01.1983|
|Exit...Stage Left (Video/Review)||High Fidelity Magazine||07.01.1983|
|Neil Peart Interview||Music Maker Magazine (Netherlands)||07.01.1983|
|Rush||Music UK Magazine||07.01.1983|
|Mr. Rush: Neil Peart Interview||Muziekkrant OOR Magazine (Netherlands)||08.27.1983|
|Article on Feedback! Rock Interviews||Sounds Magazine (UK)||09.10.1983|
|Neil Peart Interview||Fachblatt Music Magazine (Germany)||10.01.1983|
|Neil Peart: The Art of Soloing||Modern Drummer Magazine||12.01.1983|
|Rush||Mucchio Selvaggio Magazine (Italy)||12.01.1983|
|Alex Lifeson: Rushing Ahead||Hit Parader Guitar Gods Special (UK)||12.01.1983|
|Shout it out Loud||Kerrang! Magazine (UK)||01.01.1984|
|No Sabeis Lo Que Os Sstais Perdiendo: Rush||Heavy Rock Magazine (Spain)||01.01.1984|
|Good Gracious! Another Rush LP||Music Express Magazine||01.01.1984|
|No. 1 En Progresion||Popular Poster Magazine (Spain)||01.01.1984|
|The Great Musicians: Neil Peart||The History of Rock||01.01.1984|
|Rush: Master Plans for Tomorrow's World||The History of Rock||01.01.1984|
|Rush: The Three Musketeers||Hit Parader Magazine||02.01.1984|
|Singing Bass||Guitar for the Practicing Musician Magazine||03.01.1984|
|Interview: Neil Peart||Modern Drummer Magazine||04.01.1984|
|Rush Fact Sheet||Mercury Records Magazine||04.01.1984|
|Grace Under Pressure (Review)||Cash Box Magazine||04.28.1984|
|Bum Rush - Grace Under Pressure (Review)||New Musical Express Magazine||04.28.1984|
|Rush: The Saga Continues||Guitar World Magazine||05.01.1984|
|Grace Under Pressure (Review)||Enfer Magazine (France)||05.01.1984|
|Nuestro Nuevo LP Es Mucho Mas Denso Y Agresivo Que Los Anteriores - Alex Lifeson||Heavy Rock Magazine (Spain)||05.01.1984|
|Under Pressure||Sound Check Magazine (UK)||05.01.1984|
|Rush Singer's Voice Fades Under Pressure||The Daily Nebraskan||05.02.1984|
|The Pressure Principle||Kerrang! Magazine (UK)||05.03.1984|
|Grace Under Pressure (Review)||The Buffalo News||05.04.1984|
|Simpel Rush? - Grace Under Pressure (Review)||OOR (The Netherlands)||05.05.1984|
|Rush Release||Melody Maker UK||05.05.1984|
|Grace Under Pressure (Review)||Bravo Magazine (Germany)||05.17.1984|
|Suffering Under 'Pressure' There's No Rush To Hear More||St. Paul MN Pioneer Press||05.17.1984|
|Alex Lifeson Interview||Free Music Magazine||06.01.1984|
|Grace Under Pressure (Review)||Der Musikmarkt Magazine (Germany)||06.01.1984|
|Grace Under Pressure (Review)||Illinois Entertainment Newspaper||06.01.1984|
|Grace Under Pressure (Review)||Meolody Maker Magazine (Germany)||06.01.1984|
|Rush: Precision Sous Tension||Metal Attack Magazine (France)||06.01.1984|
|Grace Under Pressure (Review)||Musik Szene Magazine (Germany)||06.01.1984|
|Grace Under Fire||Music Express Magazine||06.01.1984|
|Alex Lifeson of Rush: Still in School||Guitar for the Practicing Musician Magazine||07.01.1984|
|Rush's 'Grace Under Pressure': Sometimes the Best Step Forward is a Step Backward||International Musician and Recording World||07.01.1984|
|Grace Under Pressure (Review)||Musik Express Magazine (Germany)||07.01.1984|
|Grace Under Pressure (Review)||Stereoplay Magazine (Germany)||07.01.1984|
|The Rush Dilemma||Rock Line! Magazine||07.01.1984|
|Rush: One Step Ahead||Hit Parader Magazine||08.01.1984|
|The Hoser Conspiracy||Creem Magazine||08.01.1984|
|Book Ends: Rush's Neil Peart and Geddy Lee||Musician Magazine||08.01.1984|
|A Reluctant Rush to Success||Rock Magazine||08.01.1984|
|Grace Under Pressure (Review)||Rock Magazine||09.01.1984|
|Geddy Lee of Rush: The Interview||Keyboard Magazine||09.01.1984|
|Grace Under Pressure Proves Canadian Trio Remain Masters Of Eclectic Metal.||Hit Parader Magazine||10.01.1984|
|Rush: Handsome Hunks, Eh Girls?!||Kerrang! Magazine (UK)||10.18.1984|
|Geddy Lee Photo with Jeanne Beker||Billboard Magazine||10.20.1984|
|On the Road With Rush||Canadian Musician Magazine||11.01.1984|
|Rush: On The Edge of the Limelight||Song Hits Magazine||11.01.1984|
|Rush: Behind the Lines||Hit Parader Magazine||12.01.1984|
|Various German Articles||German Publication||12.01.1984|
|Rush: The Story of the Canadian Rock Group||Various German Publications||12.01.1984|
|Special Interview with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Rush||Music Life Magazine (Japan)||01.01.1985|
|Best Bassist: Geddy Lee / Best Drummer: Neil Peart||International Musician and Recording World||02.01.1985|
|CPI Video Division (Grace Under Pressure Tour Video)||Canadian Musician Magazine||05.01.1985|
|Neil Peart "Thank you" Letter||International Musician and Recording World||07.01.1985|
|Reader's Poll||Modern Drummer Magazine||07.01.1985|
|Through the Camera Eye (Review)||Melody Maker Magazine (UK)||07.13.1985|
|Through the Camera Eye (Review)||Sounds Magazine (UK)||08.17.1985|
|Boozin' It||Kerrang! Magazine (UK)||09.05.1985|
|Grace Under Pressure (Review)||Rock Scene Magazine||10.01.1985|
|The Big Money (Review)||Sounds Magazine (UK)||10.12.1985|
|Rush 'Big Money' Video Mention||Billboard Magazine||10.12.1985|
|Stained Glass (Review of Power Windows)||Kerrang! Magazine (UK)||10.17.1985|
|A Touch of Glass||Sounds Magazine||10.19.1985|
|Lyrics Enhance Latest Rush LP (Review of Power Windows)||The Buffalo State Record||10.25.1985|
|Pane and Pleasure||Kerrang! Magazine (UK)||11.01.1985|
|Power Windows (Review)||Crash Magazine (Germany)||11.01.1985|
|Ein Hauch von Perfektion (Review of Power Windows)||Metal Hammer Magazine (Germany)||11.01.1985|
|Power Windows (Review)||Musik Szene Magazine (Germany)||11.01.1985|
|Power Windows (Review)||Rock Power Magazine (Germany)||11.01.1985|
|Production Opens 'Windows' for Rush||Billboard Magazine||11.02.1985|
|Rush Follows Canadian Trend (Review of Power Windows)||The Griffin (Buffalo NY)||11.08.1985|
|Power Windows (Review)||Melody Maker Magazine (UK)||11.09.1985|
|Mit "Power Window" Eroffnet Rush Neue Dimensionen des Gepriesenen Fantasy-Rock||Der Musikmarkt Magazine (Germany)||11.15.1985|
|Baroque Cosmologies In Their Past, The Boys Focus On "The Perfect Song"||Canadian Musician Magazine (UK)||12.01.1985|
|A Parallax View||Music Express Magazine||12.01.1985|
|Grand Designs For The Future||International Musician And Recording World||12.01.1985|
|Jeff Berlin Beats the Solo Jinx||Bass Magazine||12.01.1985|
|Rush: Mind Over Metal||Hit Parader Magazine||12.01.1985|
|Power Windows (Review)||Metal Attack Magazine (France)||12.01.1985|
|Power Windows (Review)||Metal Hammer Magazine (Germany)||12.01.1985|
|Power Windows (Review)||The Buffalo State Record||12.13.1985|
|Power Windows (Review)||Good Times Magazine||12.17.1985|
|Rush Hour||Sounds Magazine (UK)||12.21.1985|
|Power Windows (Review)||Neue Zeit Magazine (Germany)||12.28.1985|
|Interview with Neil Peart||Modern Drummer Magazine||01.01.1986|
|Rush Hour||Stereoplay (Germany)||01.01.1986|
|Rush aus Kanada: Ein Treues Trio||Musik Magazin (Germany)||01.01.1986|
|Alex Lifeson: Gitarrist von RUSH||Fachblatt Magazine (Germany)||01.01.1986|
|Rush: Die Grenzendes Trio Gesprengt||Sound Check Magazine (Germany)||01.01.1986|
|Grand Designs: Alex Lifeson with Geoff Twigg||Guitarist Magazine||01.01.1986|
|Power Windows (Review)||People Magazine||01.13.1986|
|Rush Opens Learning Tie-Ins||Billboard Magazine||01.18.1986|
|Rush Confronts the Big Money||Circus Magazine||01.31.1986|
|Power Windows (Review)||Audio Magazine (Germany)||02.01.1986|
|Power Windows (Review)||Hard Rock Magazine (France)||02.01.1986|
|Rush: Y Las Ventanas Del Poder||Heavy Rock Magazine (Spain)||02.01.1986|
|Rush: El Ultimo Ciclo||Rock DeLux (Spain)||02.01.1986|
|Rush: A Power Rock Tradition||Circus Magazine||02.28.1986|
|Search for Perfect Feel led Rush to New Worlds||Toronto Star||02.28.1986|
|The Rushians are Coming||Creem Magazine||03.01.1986|
|Rush: Throws Open Power Windows||Video Rock Stars Magazine||03.01.1986|
|Rush: The Story of a Canadian Rock-Group||Rock Power (Germany)||04.01.1986|
|Geddy Lee of Rush: Rock's Leading Bassist||Guitar Player Magazine||04.01.1986|
|Alex Lifeson of Rush: The Evolving Art of Rock Guitar||Guitar Player Magazine||04.01.1986|
|Rush: Genies Conceptuels||Enfer Magazine (France)||04.01.1986|
|You Too Can Conquer the U.S.A.||Canadian Musician Magazine||05.01.1986|
|Geddy Lee on "The World's Most Popular Underground Band"||Faces Magazine||05.01.1986|
|Geddy Lee: More Bass, More Space in the Modern World||Guitar World Magazine||05.01.1986|
|Rush: A Conversation with Geddy Lee||The Music Paper of NY||05.01.1986|
|Through the Camera Eye (Review)||Enfer (France)||06.01.1986|
|Mystic Rhythms (Review)||Hard Rock Magazine||06.01.1986|
|Rush's Mystic Rhythms Pulse in Canada||Circus Magazine||06.30.1986|
|Canadian Musicians and Their Money||Canadian Musician Magazine||07.01.1986|
|Rush: Carrying the Prog-Rock Torch||Faces Magazine||07.01.1986|
|Open Ears: On the Road with Rush||Guitar for the Practicing Musician||07.01.1986|
|Grace Under Pressure Tour Video (Review)||Kerrang! Magazine||07.10.1986|
|Grace Under Pressure Tour Video (Review)||Crash (Germany)||08.01.1986|
|Rush Glory Bound: Canadian Trio Continue Power Windows World Tour||Hit Parader Magazine||09.01.1986|
|It's Those Wacky Guys in Rush||Metal Creem Magazine||09.01.1986|
|Grace Under Pressure Tour Video (Review)||Metal Hammer (Germany)||09.01.1986|
|Power Windows (Review)||Rock Scene Magazine||10.01.1986|
|Neil Peart: The Songwriting Interview||Guitar for the Practicing Musician||10.01.1986|
|Neil Peart: Rush Release||Rhythm Magazine||03.01.1987|
|Canadian Guitar Summit: Alex Lifeson||Guitar Player Magazine||07.01.1987|
|Prolific Rush Surprises Lee||Billboard||10.03.1987|
|Lifeson Times||Kerrang! Magazine (UK)||10.17.1987|
|An Interview with Alex Lifeson||Sym Info||11.01.1987|
|Rush: Holding On To What They've Got||Scene Entertainment Weekly Magazine||12.10.1987|
|Fire in the Hold||Music Technology Magazine||02.01.1988|
|Rush: Real Life in a Rock and Roll Band||Canadian Musician Magazine||02.01.1988|
|Alex Lifeson / Geddy Lee: Together Again in Rush ||Guitar World Magazine||04.01.1988|
|All Fired Up: An Exclusive Interview with Neil Peart ||Metal Hammer Magazine||04.25.1988|
|Another Round of Rush 'N' Roulette||Sounds Magazine (UK)||05.07.1988|
|King Canucks||Kerrang! Magazine (UK)||05.07.1988|
|Prime Groover||Kerrang! Magazine||05.21.1988|
|Neil Peart: Mystic Rhythms||Rhythm Magazine||08.01.1988|
|'We Have Always Wanted To Be A Mini-Orchestra': An Interview with Geddy Lee||Sym Info||10.01.1988|
|Geddy Lee: Bass Is Still The Key||Bass Player Magazine||11.01.1988|
|The Weigh-In||Music Express Magazine||01.01.1989|
|Aging Gracefully||Network: Canada's Entertainment Magazine||01.02.1989|
|Hand Job: A Show of Hands (Review)||Kerrang! Magazine (UK)||01.14.1989|
|Rush: A Show of Hands||Canadian Musician||02.01.1989|
|Rush Chronology / Neil Peart Letter||Mercury Records||02.01.1989|
|You Need Hands||Kerrang! Magazine (UK)||02.04.1989|
|Closer to the Peart||RAW Magazine (UK)||02.21.1989|
|Self Conviction: Geddy Lee of Rush||East Coast Rocker Magazine||03.08.1989|
|A Show of Hands (Review)||Guitare & Claviers Magazine (France)||04.01.1989|
|Getting Into The Spirit Of Rush / "Rush Fan Mag"||Metal Hammer Magazine||04.03.1989|
|The Meaning of Lifeson||Kerrang! Magazine (UK)||11.25.1989|
|Interview with Neil Peart of Rush||Modern Drummer Magazine||12.01.1989|
|Rush Remains Canada's Top Pop Export||Winnipeg Free Press||01.03.1990|
|Something Up Their Sleeves||Music Express Magazine||02.01.1990|
|Rush Backstage Club February 1990 Newsletter||Rush Backstage Club Press||03.01.1990|
|Presto Change-O||Canadian Musician Magazine||04.01.1990|
|Geddy Lee||Bass Magazine (Japan)||06.01.1990|
|Excuse Me, Do You Happen To Know Where Rush Are Playing Tonight?||Kerrang! Magazine (UK)||07.14.1990|
|Rush: Canada's Premiere Hard Rockers Remain a Cult in Britain||Record Collector Magazine (UK)||12.01.1990|
|Alex Lifeson: The Art Of Preparation ||Guitar for the Practicing Musician||05.01.1991|
|The Diceman Cometh||Kerrang! Magazine (UK)||09.01.1991|
|Letter from Alex Lifeson||Guitar for the Practicing Musician Magazine||09.01.1991|
|Rush - Rock 'n' Roll Royalty||Maclean's Magazine||09.30.1991|
|Rush & Roulette||Metal Hammer Magazine||10.01.1991|
|Roll the Bones with Rush: An Interview with Geddy Lee||US Rocker Magazine||10.01.1991|
|Rush: Straight From The Heart||Canadian Musician Magazine||10.01.1991|
|Living in a Big Rush||Rochester Times Union Weekend Edition||10.24.1991|
|Rush: Redefined||Guitar Player Magazine||11.01.1991|
|Twist of Fate||Music Express Magazine||11.01.1991|
|Rush: Three Is Never a Crowd||Music Paper||12.01.1991|
|Rush 'Contends' With Tour Crisis||The Leathbridge Herald||12.01.1991|
|Alex Lifeson & Geddy Lee: Flesh and Bones||Guitar World Magazine||12.01.1991|
|Geddy Lee on the Art of Being Rush||Hijinx Magazine||01.01.1992|
|Confessions of a Rush Fan||Spin Magazine||01.01.1992|
|Rush 'Rolls the Bones' As they Enter the 1990's||Tunes Magazine||02.01.1992|
|Canada's #1 Rock Act! Rush||M.E.A.T. Magazine||03.01.1992|
|Rush: Bad to the Bones||Hit Parader Magazine||03.01.1992|
|Rush: Why This Band is Still Around||Network Magazine||03.01.1992|
|Rush Discovers It Has A Future In Music Trade||Winnipeg Free Press||03.06.1992|
|Rush Touring Pictures by Ross Halfin||Kerrang! Magazine (UK)||03.07.1992|
|Thinking Fan's Band Plays Chapel Hill||The Herald Sun Preview||03.06.1992|
|Roll Models||Kerrang! Magazine||04.18.1992|
|Rush Hour: Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson||Guitarist Magazine||05.01.1992|
|First Bass Men||Guitar World Magazine||06.01.1992|
|Rush's Neil Peart||Powerkick: The Rock Drummer's Quarterly||07.01.1992|
|Complexity Lurks in Rush Album||Winnipeg Free Press||10.21.1993|
|Geddy Lee of Rush: 20 Years of Pushing the Envelope||Good Times Entertainment Magazine||11.01.1993|
|Rush: The Godfathers of Cyber-Tech Go Organic||Network Magazine||11.01.1993|
|Counter Attack||The Guitar Magazine||11.01.1993|
|Alex Lifeson Reveals 'Counterparts'||M.E.A.T. Magazine||12.01.1993|
|Geddy Lee: Still Going||Bass Player Magazine||12.01.1993|
|After 20 Years, Rush Gets a Rush Performing||The Daily Herald||12.12.1993|
|Entry on Rush||The New Rolling Stone Encyclopedia||01.01.1994|
|Rush: Closer to the Heart||The New Review of Records||01.01.1994|
|Resurge With Rush||Applause: Frank Erwin Center Magazine||01.01.1994|
|Rush In No Hurry To Go Slow||Austin American Statesman||01.20.1994|
|Rush: A Lesson In Rock||El Paso Times||01.30.1994|
|Rush: A New Direction for a New Decade||The Music Paper||02.01.1994|
|Smart Alex: Alex Lifeson's Mercedes-Benz 380SEC||Car Stereo Review||02.01.1994|
|Neil Peart: In Search of the Right Feel||Modern Drummer Magazine||02.01.1994|
|The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts - An Interview with Neil Peart||Canadian Musician Magazine||02.01.1994|
|Alex Lifeson's Attitude Adjustment||Guitar for the Practicing Musician Magazine||02.01.1994|
|Back to the Future||Guitar School Magazine||03.01.1994|
|Rush Ushered Into the Hall of Fame||The 1993 Juno Awards Program||03.01.1994|
|Crash Course in Bass Surgery||Creem Magazine||03.01.1994|
|Counterparts (Review)||Goldmine USA||03.04.1994|
|A Steady Rush||Boston Globe Calendar||03.10.1994|
|Neil Peart Interview||Freetime Magazine||04.27.1994|
|Interview with Neil Peart||RAG Magazine||05.01.1994|
|Back to the Stack: Alex Lifeson Rediscovers the Joy of Crankin' It Up||Guitar Shop Magazine||06.01.1994|
|Gearing Up: Rush's Neil Peart||Hit Parader Magazine||11.01.1994|
|From Power Trio to Big Band: Neil Peart Talks About Burning for Buddy||Canadian Musician Magazine||12.01.1994|
|Walking In Big Shoes: Neil Peart on The Making Of Burning For Buddy||Modern Drummer Magazine||02.01.1995|
|A Personal Tribute to Buddy Rich||Rhythm Magazine||03.01.1995|
|VICTORious||Rock N' Roll Reporter||02.01.1996|
|Return of the Six-String Beast||Canadian Musician Magazine||06.01.1995|
|Alex Lifeson Goes It Alone With Victor||Guitar Shop Magazine||02.01.1996|
|Alex Lifeson: Rush's Guitarist Explores His Own Inner Voices on his First Solo Project||Canadian Musician Magazine||02.01.1996|
|Alex Lifeson: Late Bloomer||Guitar School Magazine||02.01.1996|
|Rush Guitarist, Alex Lifeson Talks About His Other Identity...Victor||Metronome Magazine||03.01.1996|
|Ask Big Al||A Show of Fans Fanzine||06.01.1996|
|20 Questions with Geddy Lee||Unknown||06.03.1996|
|Rush Aims For New Generation||Billboard Magazine||08.03.1996|
|A Show of Fans Speaks with Geddy Lee||A Show of Fans Fanzine||09.01.1996|
|Alex Lifeson: The Making of a Guitar Legend||Guitar One Magazine||09.10.1996|
|Rush: Test for Echo||Extreme Magazine||10.01.1996|
|Grace Under Pressure: Analyzing Two Decades of Rush's Unparalleled Prog-Rock Prowess||Guitar School Magazine||10.01.1996|
|Rush's 'Test For Echo' Challenges Justice System||Altoona Mirror||10.31.1996|
|Testing for Echo: Rush Return After Two Years In Hiding||Scene Magazine||10.31.1996|
|Living in the Limelight||Guitar World Magazine||11.01.1996|
|Rush Hour||Guitar Magazine||11.01.1996|
|Geddy Lee of Rush: Driven||The Island Ear||11.01.1996|
|Rush: Moving Pictures - A Conversation With Geddy||Poland's Tylko Rock Magazine||11.01.1996|
|Geddy Lee: The Reluctant Rockstar||Bass Frontiers Magazine||11.01.1996|
|Rush Put Themselves To The "Test"||Canadian Musician Magazine||12.01.1996|
|Passion: A Conversation Between Vernon Reid and Rush's Geddy Lee, Patron Saints of Heady Hard Rock||Request Magazine||12.01.1996|
|The Alex Lifeson Interview||A Show of Fans Fanzine||12.01.1996|
|On The Spot: Geddy Lee of Rush||Guitar Shop Magazine||12.01.1996|
|Q&A with Geddy Lee||Rolling Stone||12.12.1996|
|Entry on Rush||The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music||01.01.1997|
|Rush First Rock Band in Order of Canada||Winnipeg Free Press||02.26.1997|
|You Can't Hurry Change||Bassics Magazine||06.01.1997|
|Rush's Live Midi Secrets Revealed||EQ Magazine||07.01.1997|
|Learning To Swing Has Everything To Do With Learning To Rock||Drums Etc. Magazine||09.01.1997|
|Neil Peart: A Rebel and a Drummer||Liberty Magazine||09.01.1997|
|Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain||A Show of Fans Fanzine||12.01.1997|
|Geddy Lee: Entering Different Stages||Long Island Entertainment||10.01.1998|
|Rush - Geddy Lee||Bassist Magazine||01.01.1999|
|Rock of Ages||Hard Roxx Magazine||02.01.1999|
|The Different Stages of Rush||Guitar Shop Magazine||03.01.1999|
|The Secrets of Playing Bass While Singing||Canadian Musician Magazine||09.01.1999|
|Working with a Drummer: How to Sound Your Best||Canadian Musician Magazine||11.01.1999|
|Rush's Front Man Flies Solo||Canadian Musician Magazine||09.01.2000|
|Geddy Lee Solo 2000||Bass Frontiers Magazine||11.01.2000|
|Geddy Lee: No Rush||Bass Player Magazine||01.01.2001|
|Guitar Center Talks with Geddy Lee||Guitar Center Catalog||09.01.2001|
|Geddy Lee: Addicted to that Rush||Metal Edge Magazine||05.01.2001|
|Winning the Popularity Vote||Newsday||12.28.2001|
|The Making of Vapor Trails||JAM! Showbiz||05.01.2002|
|Rush: Hiatus Evaporates into Vapor Trails||Canadian Musician||05.01.2002|
|Vapor Trails (Review)||Orange County Register||05.10.2002|
|One Little Victory||Aquarian Weekly Musician||05.15.2002|
|Alex Lifeson Interview||North York Post City Magazine||06.01.2002|
|Rush: A Comeback Some Thought Wouldn't Happen||Record Journal (CT)||06.27.2002|
|Rush: A Relic Refreshed||The Hartford Courant||06.28.2002|
|Rush: On The Road With Hard Rock's Comeback Kings||Now Magazine||07.01.2002|
|Sweet Miracles!||BW & BK Magazine||07.01.2002|
|Alex Lifeson: Back In The Limelight||Guitar Player Magazine||08.01.2002|
|Rush Captures the Beach||Good Times Magazine||08.01.2002|
|Rush Rolls Again||Interview with Jon Wiederhorn||09.01.2002|
|Neil Peart: The Fire Returns||Modern Drummer Magazine||09.01.2002|
|Joy and Pain, All In a Rush||Orange County Register||09.25.2002|
|Rush / Time And Motion: The Cleveland Shows||Music's Bottom Line Magazine||11.01.2002|
|Vapor Trail After Glow||Bass Guitar Magazine||01.01.2003|
|Neil Peart: Rockin' and rollin'... and rollin'...||Cycle World||02.01.2003|
|Canada's Rock Royalty||Goldmine||06.01.2003|
|Vapor Trails Over Rio||BW & BK Magazine||12.01.2003|
|Geddy Lee of Rush||Guitar World||01.01.2004|
|Billboard Spotlight on Rush||Billboard Magazine||05.01.2004|
|Neil Peart: Progression Personified||Drum! Magazine||07.01.2004|
|Working, Man!||Bass Guitar Magazine||08.01.2004|
|Feedback (Review)||Rock & Folk Magazine (France)||09.01.2004|
|Rush Hour: Celebrating 30 Years In The Biz||What's on Birmigham||09.10.2004|
|Always a Rush...||Birmingham Evening Mail||09.11.2004|
|Rush: The Masters of Prog Return||Classic Rock||10.01.2004|
|Rush of Lifeson||Fireworks Magazine||10.01.2004|
|Rhythmic Explorer: Exclusive Interview with Neil Peart||Drummer||11.01.2004|
|Motorcycling: The Perennial Gift||BMW Owners News||04.01.2005|
|A Wine Cellar that Rocks!||City Bites||04.01.2005|
|All The World's A Stage||Q Classic Magazine||07.01.2005|
|Mean Mean Stride: The Drums of Neil Peart||Drum! Magazine||10.01.2005|
|Rush: R30 and Beyond: An Interview with Alex Lifeson||Long McQuade Online Magazine||11.01.2005|
|Alex Lifeson of Rush: An Interview||Sound Waves Magazine||01.01.2006|
|Making Memories||Guitarist Magazine||01.01.2006|
|Today's Tom Sawyer||Guitar Player||03.01.2006|
|Living in the Limelight||Bass Player Player||03.01.2006|
|Neil Peart on Soloing||Modern Drummer||04.01.2006|
|MS Interview With Geddy Lee of Rush||More Sugar Magazine||05.01.2006|
|What A Rush||Ontario Golf Magazine||06.01.2006|
|Alex Lifeson: The Rush Guitarist Expounds On The Music That Made The Most Impact On His Life||Guitar World Magazine||07.01.2006|
|Bass Giants: 25 Players Who Changed Everything: GEDDY LEE||Bass Player Magazine (Special Edition)||10.01.2006|
|Heroes: Neil Peart: An Interview with Mike Portnoy||Rhythm Magazine||01.01.2007|
|Rush (An Interview)||Metal Edge Magazine||04.01.2007|
|Sports Talk with Geddy Lee||Sporting News Magazine||04.30.2007|
|In The Studio With Rush||Canadian Musician||05.01.2007|
|Spirit of Rush Reborn||Toronto Sun ENT Magazine||05.06.2007|
|Rock's Gold Standard||Guitar One||06.01.2007|
|Neil Peart: Progressive Progress||Drum! Magazine||06.01.2007|
|Snakes & Arrows (Review)||This Is Rock (Spain)||06.01.2007|
|Back to Basics||Bass Guitar Magazine||07.01.2007|
|Following The Arrows||Classic Rock Magazine||07.01.2007|
|The Drums of Snakes & Arrows||Modern Drummer Magazine||08.01.2007|
|Rush: Vital Signs||Guitar World Magazine||08.01.2007|
|Geddy Lee: Northern Warrior||Bass Player Magazine||08.01.2007|
|The Making of Snakes & Arrows||EQ Magazine||09.01.2007|
|A Conversation With Neil Peart||Drumhead Magazine||09.01.2007|
|Fate's Warning||BW & BK Magazine||09.01.2007|
|A Far Cry From Yesterday||Lighting & Sound America Magazine||09.01.2007|
|Different Strings||Guitar Player||09.01.2007|
|Prog Special: The Cult is Alive||Terrorizer Magazine||09.01.2007|
|Rush: Interview with Alex Lifeson||Power Play Magazine||10.01.2007|
|Alex Lifeson / Rush||Total Guitar Magazine||10.01.2007|
|Guitar Legends: Rush||Guitar Legends Magazine||11.01.2007|
|Modern Day Warriors||Music Entertainment Magazine||04.15.2008|
|Rush Never Sleeps||Rolling Stone Magazine||07.01.2008|
|Surviving Tragedy. Defying Fashion||Classic Rock Magazine||08.01.2008|
|Rush Entries||Top 100 Canadian Albums Book||10.01.2008|
|Modern Day Tone Warrior||Premiere Guitar||03.01.2009|
|Three Rounds With...Geddy Lee||Entertainment Weekly Magazine||03.20.2009|
|Dear Superstar: Geddy Lee||Blender Magazine||04.01.2009|
|After The Gold Rush||Word Magazine UK||04.01.2009|
|Geddy Lee: Last Night A Record Changed My Life||MOJO Magazine||04.01.2009|
|The Top 50 Prog Albums of All Time / Rush: Art for Art's Sake||Prog Magazine||06.01.2009|
|Thus Spoke Neil||Drum! Magazine||06.01.2009|
|Rush Through Time||Classic Rock: PROG Magazine||08.01.2009|
|Rocker & Roller: Rush Drummer Neil Peart Lives For Motorcycles||American Motorcyclist Magazine||09.01.2009|
|Iron Man||Guitar Aficionado Magazine||12.01.2009|
|Neil Peart Interview||At: Guitar Center Magazine||02.01.2010|
|Working Men (Review)||Rock & Folk Magazine (France)||03.01.2010|
|All The World's Their Stage||Prog Magazine||05.01.2010|
|Rush Canada's Greatest Rock Band||Chill Magazine||06.01.2010|
|Beyond the Lighted Stage Special||Classic Rock: PROG||07.01.2010|
|Logical Progression||Needle Magazine||07.01.2010|
|Grokking Rush||The Believer: The 2010 Music Issue||07.01.2010|
|Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage (Review)||This is Rock Magazine (Spain)||08.01.2010|
|Rush: The Next Stage||Classic Rock Magazine||08.01.2010|
|It's A Modern Rush: Bombast, Humor, & Excellence||Good Times Magazine||08.01.2010|
|Rush at the Nationwide Arena||Columbus Melt Magazine||08.01.2010|
|Rush's Hour||Movie Entertainment Magazine||10.01.2010|
|Classic Albums: 2112 & Moving Pictures (Review)||This is Rock Magazine (Spain)||11.01.2010|
|Classic Albums: 2112 & Moving Pictures (Review)||Rock & Folk Magazine (France)||12.01.2010|
|Rush: The Moving Pictures||This Is Rock Magazine (Spain)||01.01.2011|
|Rush: Living Legend Award||Classic Rock Magazine||01.01.2011|
|Ten Things You Gotta Do to Play Like Alex Lifeson||Guitar Player Magazine||01.01.2011|
|Rush: Time Machine Tour Special||Classic Rock: PROG Magazine||05.01.2011|
|Moving Pictures 5.1 (Review)||This is Rock Magazine (Spain)||06.01.2011|
|The Music Issue: Alex Lifeson||Bayview Post||06.01.2011|
|The Music Issue: Geddy Lee||North York Post||06.01.2011|
|Moving Pictures 5.1 (Review)||Record Collector UK||06.01.2011|
|Rush: Canadian Prog Giants Play Moving Pictures in full, with much more on-stage madness||Classic Rock Magazine||06.01.2011|
|Moving Pictures 5.1 (Review)||Guitar Techniques||08.01.2011|
|Close Up on Neil Peart||Rhythm Magazine||08.01.2011|
|Back to the Future: Alex Lifeson||Total Guitar||09.01.2011|
|Alex Lifeson: Rush Keeps Rollin'||Vintage Guitar Magazine||09.01.2011|
|A Rush of Light: Four Decades in the Making||Professional Lighting & Production Magazine||09.01.2011|
|Rush: Welcome To The High Tech World Of Steampunk||Mobile Production Monthly||09.01.2011|
|Neil Peart: Ewiger Reisender||Classic Rock Magazine (Germany)||09.01.2011|
|Peart Takes Center Stage||Rhythm Magazine||11.01.2011|
|Time Machine / ABC 1974 / Sectors (Review)||Classic Rock PROG Magazine||12.01.2011|
|Neil Peart: The Modern Drummer Interview||Modern Drummer Magazine||12.01.2011|
|6 Questions with Geddy Lee||Billboard||12.10.2011|
|Rush: Changing Hemispheres||Abstract Sounds Books Ltd||12.01.2011|
|Grapes Under Pressure||Guitar Aficionado||12.01.2011|
|It's Back to the Future for Rush||Classic Rock||01.01.2012|
|Rush: Still on a Journey of Discovery, 20 Albums On||Total Guitar Magazine (UK)||01.01.2012|
|Back to the Future||PROG Magazine||02.01.2012|
|Sectors Box Set (Review)||Sound & Vision Magazine||02.03.2012|
|Geddy Lee Interview||Decanter Magazine||03.01.2012|
|Rush: Time Machine (Review)||Guitar Techniques Magazine (UK)||04.01.2012|
|Workin' Them Angles: Neil Peart||Motor Cyclist Magazine||04.01.2012|
|Angels Are Go!||PROG Magazine||04.01.2012|
|Interstellar Overdrive||SPIN! Magazine||05.01.2012|
|Alex Lifeson: The High Times Interview||High Times Magazine||06.01.2012|
|Rush: Revenge of the Nerds||Mojo Magazine||06.01.2012|
|Full Steam||M Music & Musicians Magazine||06.01.2012|
|Getting in Gear||Needle Magazine||06.01.2012|
|Classic Rock Presents: Rush - Clockwork Angels Special Edition||Classic Rock Magazine||06.01.2012|
|Clockwork Angels (Review)||Break Out Magazine (Germany)||07.01.2012|
|Clockwork Angels (Review)||Eclipsed (Germany)||07.01.2012|
|Clockwork Angels (Review)||Empire Magazine (Germany)||07.01.2012|
|Clockwork Angels (Review)||Oxmox Magazine (Germany)||07.01.2012|
|Clockwork Angels (Review)||Visions Magazine (Germany)||07.01.2012|
|Rush: Das Gefurchtete Wort||Rocks Magazine (Germany)||07.01.2012|
|Rush: View Saiten Sind Besser als Sechs!||Guitar Magazine (Germany)||07.01.2012|
|Rush: Die Grosse Prog-Konstante||Metal Hammer Magazine (Germany)||07.01.2012|
|Alex Lifeson: 10 Questions We Ask Everyone||Guitar Magazine (UK)||07.01.2012|
|Clockwork Angels (Review)||Total Guitar Magazine (UK)||07.01.2012|
|Alex Lifeson: My '77||Classic Rock Magazine (UK)||07.01.2012|
|Rush: Vergangenheit hat Zukunft||Classic Rock Magazine (Germany)||07.01.2012|
|Rush: The Rise and Rise of the World's Biggest Cult Band||Classic Rock Magazine||07.01.2012|
|Angelic Upstarts||Prog Magazine Issue #26||07.01.2012|
|Rush: Working Like Clockwork - An Interview with Geddy Lee||Fireworks Magazine||07.01.2012|
|Clockwork Angels (Review)||PROG Magazine||07.01.2012|
|Like Clockwork||Bass Guitar Magazine||07.01.2012|
|Times of Grace||Terrorizer Magazine||07.01.2012|
|Kingdom Come||Metal Hammer Magazine||07.01.2012|
|Rush: Alex Lifeson Talks to Mik Gaffney||Power Play Magazine||07.01.2012|
|Inside Rush's New Sci-Fi Rock Opera||Rolling Stone Magazine||07.05.2012|
|Conquering Mount Rush-More||Kerrang! Magazine||07.21.2012|
|GeddyUp||Guitar & Bass Magazine||08.01.2012|
|Clockwork Angels (Review)||Good Times Magazine (Germany)||08.01.2012|
|Clockwork Angels (Review)||Metal Hammer Magazine (Germany)||08.01.2012|
|Clockwork Angels (Review)||Musik Express Magazine (Germany)||08.01.2012|
|Clockwork Angels (Review)||Musix Magazine (Germany)||08.01.2012|
|Clockwork Angels (Review)||Ticketmaster Magazine (Germany)||08.01.2012|
|Clockwork Angels (Review)||Guitarist Magazine (UK)||08.01.2012|
|Sounds of the Underground: Metal||Q Magazine (UK)||08.01.2012|
|Rush: Clockwork Angels - Alex Lifeson and Producer Nick Raskulinecz talk us through the inner workings of Rush's latest triumph||Total Guitar Magazine (UK)||08.01.2012|
|Rush - Artistas: No Real Sentido da Palavra||Roadie Crew Magazine (Brazil)||08.01.2012|
|Ein Kuckucksei im Nest||Rolling Stone Magazine (Germany)||08.01.2012|
|Full Steam Ahead: Geddy Lee & Rush Transcend Time on Clockwork Angels||Bass Player Magazine||08.01.2012|
|Clockwork Angels (Review)||Drums & Percussions Magazine (Germany)||09.01.2012|
|Clockwork Angels (Review)||Rock It! Magazine (Germany)||09.01.2012|
|Clockwork Angels (Review)||Slam Magazine (Germany)||09.01.2012|
|Clockwork Angels (Review)||Guitar Techniques Magazine (UK)||09.01.2012|
|Rock Around the Clock||Guitar World Magazine||09.01.2012|
|Working Men||Stereophile Magazine||09.01.2012|
|Just Like 'Clockwork'||Goldmine Magazine||09.01.2012|
|String 'em Up: Alex Lifeson||Total Guitar Magazine (UK)||10.01.2012|
|Neil Peart: Master Class||Drum! Magazine||10.01.2012|
|Rush: 3 Days in Ottawa||Zoomer Magazine||10.01.2012|
|Alex Lifeson: Like Clockwork||Guitar Player Magazine||11.01.2012|
|Glittering Prizes, No Compromises||Premiere Guitar Magazine||11.01.2012|
|Clockwork Angels (Review)||Empire Magazine (Germany)||12.01.2012|
|Clockwork Angels (Review)||Progressive Newsletter (Germany)||12.01.2012|
|Rush Right In||Los Angeles Times||12.12.2012|
|Rock Hall Voting is a Rush, With Heart||USA Today||12.12.2012|
|Rush: Band of the Year?||Classic Rock Magazine||01.01.2013|
|Gearing Up For The Road||DW Drum's Edge Magazine Issue #10||01.01.2013|
|When Rush Rocked Out in Space (2112 Deluxe Edition Review)||Rolling Stone Magazine||01.17.2013|
|2112 Deluxe Edition (Review)||Classic Rock Magazine||02.01.2013|
|2112 Deluxe Edition (Review)||Q Magazine||02.01.2013|
|Rush's School of Rock||Rolling Stone Magazine||03.01.2013|
|Rush and the Weird Rise of Prog Metal||Metal Hammer Magazine||03.01.2013|
|Big Time Rush||Guitar World Magazine||04.01.2013|
|Men at Work||PROG Magazine #35||04.01.2013|
|The Presto Manifesto||PROG Magazine #35||04.01.2013|
|Mechanical Animals||PROG Magazine #35||04.01.2013|
|Closer to their Hearts!||PROG Magazine #35||04.01.2013|
|Rush: An Oral History||Toronto Star Newspapers||05.01.2013|
|Rush Reflections: Winning One For The Good Guys||Sound Waves Magazine||05.01.2013|
|High-Energy Rock With No Signs of Slowing Up||Scottish Metro||05.01.2013|
|Rush to the Taj||Atlantic City Weekly Magazine||05.11.2013|
|The Rhythm Method||Classic Rock Magazine||06.01.2013|
|Back on the Road with Rush||Professional Lighting & Production Magazine||06.01.2013|
|Rush: Fame At Last||Fireworks Magazine||07.01.2013|
|Rush's Clockwork Angels Completes the Steampunk Journey ||Mobile Production Monthly||07.01.2013|
|The Story of the Drum Solo with Neil Peart ||Rhythm Magazine (UK)||12.01.2013|
|Alex Lifeson: Rush's Prog Master ||Guitar Techniques Magazine||01.01.2014|
|Rush & Yes: Dorkness on the Edge of Town||Shindig! Magazine (UK)||01.01.2014|
|The Albums That Saved Prog: Signals||PROG Magazine (UK)||02.01.2014|
|The 50 Greatest Drummers of All Time: Neil Peart (#3) ||Modern Drummer Magazine||03.01.2014|
|Backroads & Backbeats: Neil Peart Takes the Scenic Way to Work ||BMW Owners News Magazine||03.01.2014|
|Neil Peart on Drum Solos ||Rhythm Magazine||04.01.2014|
|Time Traveling with Alex Lifeson ||Red Hot Rock Magazine||05.01.2014|
|In Conversation with Geddy Lee ||Terroni Magazine||07.01.2014|
Look for more additions to this section in the coming months Again, many thanks go out to Heiko, RushFanForever, and Eric from Power Windows for their generosity...
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