The well known band Rush is sort of an enigma. The group is admired, adored and practically worshipped by fans but usually overlooked by critics. Still, its one of the most successful rock acts out there. Behind only the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, the band has the most successive gold and platinum albums ever. Following the band for over 30 years, Rush fans have been called the "Trekkies of rock," showing a enthusiastic dedication to Rush and its music. Critics, on the other hand, haven't always been so nice. Blender music magazine named drummer/songwriter Neil Peart the second-worst lyricist in rock history. And the band has not been selected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The group members can't quite explain the Rush phenomenon. A new celebration of all things Rush is the documentary "Rush Beyond the Lighted Stage," which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and can be purchased on DVD and Blu-ray, or downloaded from iTunes. It features archival footage and interviews with the band and fans in an effort to document what makes the band such a hit. Canadian Rock band RUSH is now conquering America with their 2010 The Time Machine Tour! Being a HUGE Rush fan, the opportunity arose to see the legendary Progressive Rock band RUSH live in Las Vegas, Nevada last Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The show was nothing short of amazing.
The legendary band Rush fans , see the band tour after tour know not to expect many surprises. There will be expert playing, funny video segments and a long drum solo. There won't be covers, band interaction or extensive jam sessions. About the only variance is the set list and that can be easily checked online because the trio normally sticks to it night after night. But the current Time Machine jaunt is nothing less than a must-see because of two simple words. "Moving Pictures." Following a growing and welcome trend in the concert biz, Rush is playing its 1981 masterpiece all the way through for the first time. And those 40-plus minutes were nothing short of breathtaking through Friday's stop at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre south of Los Angeles. Canadian rock legends RUSH will perform at Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile on October 17 as part of the South American leg of the band's "Time Machine Tour".
The band's guitarist Alex Lifeson currently spoke to Billboard.com about the recording process for the band's next album, "Clockwork Angels", which is due out in 2011. "We've never afforded ourselves the luxury of coming off tour and then going straight into the studio when you're in top playing form," Lifeson told Billboard.com. "We usually finish a tour and then we take some time off and we slowly get back into writing and then into the studio, recording. This time we'll go straight back into the studio and carry on recording and writing while we're still in top form from the road."According to Lifeson, RUSH is "a little more than halfway done" recording "Clockwork Angels" with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who also helmed 2007's "Snakes & Arrows". Two of the songs, "Caravan" and "BU2B", have been released online, four others were recorded during sessions at Blackbird Studios in Nashville. "Certainly these two songs are pretty heavy indications of where the record's going," Lifeson said, "but there are a lot of different tonalities and soundscapes on the material that we've written so far, so I'm interested to see where we go on these next few songs."Get your cheap rush tickets before they sold out.