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(That Eric Alper)   40 years ago today, Rush released their debut album. With thanks on behalf of all Canadians to 100.7 WMMS, here are 15 little-known facts about the record   (thatericalper.com) divider line 91
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2014-03-01 12:36:01 PM
love that chick singer!
 
2014-03-01 12:38:27 PM
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Lifeson's pants just don't look comfortable.
 
2014-03-01 12:42:21 PM
On behalf of all Americans, thank you Canada for giving us Rush.

/You can keep Beiber, Nickelback, Celine Dion and Ted Cruz
 
2014-03-01 01:06:17 PM
Saw them in 1973 in Ottawa - I think they opened for Alice Cooper, but perhaps some other band. I'm a bit hazy on the details, for some reason.
 
2014-03-01 01:14:51 PM
Overrated band is overrated.  Don't get me wrong, they're ok and all.  Just not especially impressive.
 
2014-03-01 01:45:23 PM
Saw them for the first time in the late 70's.  Awesome show for that time.  Awesome.

/suck it, haters
 
2014-03-01 02:30:20 PM
16) It was pretentious and overblown?

3 of the most talented musicians ever. Some of their songs are great. Many are good. The rest, meh.
 
2014-03-01 02:59:09 PM

dustman81: On behalf of all Americans, thank you Canada for giving us Rush.

/You can keep BeiberNeil Peart Jr, Nickelback, Celine Dion and Ted Cruz


FTFY
 
2014-03-01 03:08:57 PM
Saw them live last year. They still kick ass.
 
2014-03-01 03:16:36 PM

PC LOAD LETTER: 16) It was pretentious and overblown?

3 of the most talented musicians ever. Some of their songs are great. Many are good. The rest, meh.


Which is more than you can say about 99% of all other bands that have ever existed.  If a band is lucky, ONE of their songs is great and the rest are meh.
 
2014-03-01 03:17:32 PM
This was of course before the Ayn Rand inspired lyrics.

/thankfully.
 
2014-03-01 03:17:54 PM
FTA: 14. "Working Man" It is heard in a 2014 TV commercial for Walmart.

That song isn't exactly positive on the life of the working man. I guess it fits Walmart.
 
2014-03-01 03:18:37 PM
Did Rutsey stay a part of the band in some capacity?  He was the heart of it all in the beginning and it wasn't like he simply quit or had creative differences.  Anybody know?
 
2014-03-01 03:19:31 PM

PC LOAD LETTER: 16) It was pretentious and overblown?

3 of the most talented musicians ever. Some of their songs are great. Many are good. The rest, meh.


Peart wasn't on the first album.

And I had forgotten that their first costumes were designed by the chicks from Abba.
 
2014-03-01 03:19:43 PM
I don't think it's a coincidence that Geddy Lee and Jackie Wright from "The Benny Hill Show" have never been photographed together.
 
2014-03-01 03:29:20 PM
Greatest band EVER!!!!

/suck it haters
 
2014-03-01 03:30:32 PM
Question still unanswered: What about the voice of Geddy Lee? How did it get so high?
 
2014-03-01 03:31:47 PM

Farty McPooPants: Did Rutsey stay a part of the band in some capacity?  He was the heart of it all in the beginning and it wasn't like he simply quit or had creative differences.  Anybody know?


That is interesting. Who knows what their career might have sounded like if the drummer didn't have an annoying tendency to overdrum every single farking thing.
 
2014-03-01 03:33:19 PM

Farty McPooPants: Did Rutsey stay a part of the band in some capacity?  He was the heart of it all in the beginning and it wasn't like he simply quit or had creative differences.  Anybody know?


No, he didn't. I don't know what he did after he left the band immediately afterwards, but I know it had nothing to do with the band at all. Alex said in an interview once that John either ran a gym or was a bodybuilder or something up in Canada. I'm not exactly sure what, but it had something to do with athletics. He died in 2008.
 
2014-03-01 03:35:48 PM

JasonOfOrillia: Lifeson's pants just don't look comfortable.


His face looks warped too.
 
2014-03-01 03:37:38 PM
All I'm saying is this:  They're no Chilliwack.
 
2014-03-01 03:38:14 PM
Love them or hate them - they are a year older than me and they have managed to stick around. That means something.
 
2014-03-01 03:42:28 PM
Fun fact: I was born on that same day.
 
2014-03-01 03:51:06 PM
The first album I ever had was Exit... Stage Left.
The second live concert I ever saw was their Grace Under Pressure tour.
They were dead to me after listening to Power Windows.
 
2014-03-01 03:53:53 PM
Thanks subby - I needed to know this. Been rocking out for the last hour or so. Working Man, Finding My Way, 2112, La Villa Strangiato, Trees, Freewill, Spirit of Radio. Gonna finish out with The Camera Eye starting...now!
 
2014-03-01 03:57:21 PM
Another fact..

There are only two grooves on this record!
One on side one, and one on side two.
 
2014-03-01 03:58:20 PM

Ryker's Peninsula: The first album I ever had was Exit... Stage Left.
The second live concert I ever saw was their Grace Under Pressure tour.
They were dead to me after listening to Power Windows.


That's too bad - I went through a long phase away from their music but am glad I came back. Although most of their best music was put out by that time, they have remained one of the best concert tours going. I love to watch them live - yes it is a reliving of my childhood and teens in many ways, but these guys are still so damned talented and tight in concert. You are missing out my friend.
 
2014-03-01 04:00:00 PM

SilentStrider: Saw them live last year. They still kick ass.


Every tour since Grace Under Pressure.  Mainly in Philly, but have seen them a few times at Madison Square Garden...Once in Pittsburgh, Florida, Vegas, LA, and Phoenix.

Peart is no Charlie Watts though.
 
2014-03-01 04:06:15 PM

MBrady: SilentStrider: Saw them live last year. They still kick ass.

Every tour since Grace Under Pressure.  Mainly in Philly, but have seen them a few times at Madison Square Garden...Once in Pittsburgh, Florida, Vegas, LA, and Phoenix.

Peart is no Charlie Watts though.



Philly in 96, Hershey in 02 (front row center even), 08, 11, and 13.
 
2014-03-01 04:18:44 PM

SilentStrider: MBrady: SilentStrider: Saw them live last year. They still kick ass.

Every tour since Grace Under Pressure.  Mainly in Philly, but have seen them a few times at Madison Square Garden...Once in Pittsburgh, Florida, Vegas, LA, and Phoenix.

Peart is no Charlie Watts though.


Philly in 96, Hershey in 02 (front row center even), 08, 11, and 13.


Haven't missed a tour since Presto. (05/07/1990)

Never had front row. Best was about 10th.
 
2014-03-01 04:19:41 PM

Ishkur: Farty McPooPants: Did Rutsey stay a part of the band in some capacity?  He was the heart of it all in the beginning and it wasn't like he simply quit or had creative differences.  Anybody know?

That is interesting. Who knows what their career might have sounded like if the drummer didn't have an annoying tendency to overdrum every single farking thing.


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I actually know nothing about Rush, this image was just too good not to use
 
2014-03-01 04:22:52 PM

Keywork99: Farty McPooPants: Did Rutsey stay a part of the band in some capacity?  He was the heart of it all in the beginning and it wasn't like he simply quit or had creative differences.  Anybody know?

No, he didn't. I don't know what he did after he left the band immediately afterwards, but I know it had nothing to do with the band at all. Alex said in an interview once that John either ran a gym or was a bodybuilder or something up in Canada. I'm not exactly sure what, but it had something to do with athletics. He died in 2008.





That makes no sense. He had diabetes so bad that he couldn't tour and they had to kick him out of the band. But then became a body builder?

Sounds like Geddy and Alex were convinced by the record label to ditch him.
 
2014-03-01 04:23:12 PM
Really don't understand all the Rush hate - they're a really good band.  Saw their Hold Your Fire show in Chicago in '87 or so - great sound, great show all around.  The concert was amusing because there were about 20,000 'air-drummers' in the audience.  But the drums are the best part of that band, hands down.
 
2014-03-01 04:25:09 PM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I don't think it's a coincidence that Geddy Lee and Jackie Wright from "The Benny Hill Show" have never been photographed together.


blog.rifftrax.com
 
2014-03-01 04:28:38 PM
Yeah Ohhhhh Yeah!
 
2014-03-01 04:29:58 PM
Rush is horrible. They are a band for adolescent boys that mistake complexity for musicianship.
 
2014-03-01 04:30:24 PM

batlock666: Fun fact: I was born on that same day.


I was born on the same day three years later.

/csb
 
2014-03-01 04:34:50 PM
I have a few of their records, but the first one is the only one I listen to these days. It's like a nice mix of Zeppelin and Grand Funk.

/ooo yes, I need some............LOVE!!!
 
2014-03-01 04:34:52 PM
Thanks, Donna.


/ for best results, play at maximum volume
 
2014-03-01 04:42:07 PM

Primitive Screwhead: SilentStrider: MBrady: SilentStrider: Saw them live last year. They still kick ass.

Every tour since Grace Under Pressure.  Mainly in Philly, but have seen them a few times at Madison Square Garden...Once in Pittsburgh, Florida, Vegas, LA, and Phoenix.

Peart is no Charlie Watts though.


Philly in 96, Hershey in 02 (front row center even), 08, 11, and 13.

Haven't missed a tour since Presto. (05/07/1990)

Never had front row. Best was about 10th.



My then girlfriend won us the tickets off the radio.

Obviously went on to marry her.
 
2014-03-01 04:46:31 PM

SilentStrider: Primitive Screwhead: SilentStrider: MBrady: SilentStrider: Saw them live last year. They still kick ass.

Every tour since Grace Under Pressure.  Mainly in Philly, but have seen them a few times at Madison Square Garden...Once in Pittsburgh, Florida, Vegas, LA, and Phoenix.

Peart is no Charlie Watts though.


Philly in 96, Hershey in 02 (front row center even), 08, 11, and 13.

Haven't missed a tour since Presto. (05/07/1990)

Never had front row. Best was about 10th.


My then girlfriend won us the tickets off the radio.

Obviously went on to marry her.


She's a keeper! :)
 
2014-03-01 05:00:37 PM

lifeboat: Really don't understand all the Rush hate


They're followers of Ayn Rand.
 
2014-03-01 05:05:33 PM
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Still hasn't mastered YYZ. Neil Peart stands alone.

/Rush is awesome. Haters are just jelly.
 
2014-03-01 05:05:43 PM
Just for that. I'm going to fire up the guitar and amp and play along with "working man" yes I am
 
2014-03-01 05:09:54 PM
Someone should set up a Rush-Haters support group for all you people.
 
2014-03-01 05:14:19 PM

A10Mechanic: Someone should set up a Rush-Haters support group for all you people.


Or as the rest of the world calls them: Women.

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2014-03-01 05:15:37 PM

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: Keywork99: Farty McPooPants: Did Rutsey stay a part of the band in some capacity?  He was the heart of it all in the beginning and it wasn't like he simply quit or had creative differences.  Anybody know?

No, he didn't. I don't know what he did after he left the band immediately afterwards, but I know it had nothing to do with the band at all. Alex said in an interview once that John either ran a gym or was a bodybuilder or something up in Canada. I'm not exactly sure what, but it had something to do with athletics. He died in 2008.


That makes no sense. He had diabetes so bad that he couldn't tour and they had to kick him out of the band. But then became a body builder?

Sounds like Geddy and Alex were convinced by the record label to ditch him.


Pete Best - is that you?

According to Wiki, it was a combination of diabetes, drinking, and the inevitable "musical differences" that led to his departure/dismissal from the band.
 
2014-03-01 05:54:29 PM

RectalDamage: Rush is horrible. They are a band for adolescent boys  I.T. dorks and Excel jockeys that mistake complexity for musicianship.


FTFY

I've never seen a band draw a specific type of fanbase the way Rush does.  You could probably swap a Rush audience with a "Dr. Who" convention and see no appreciable difference.

Anyone calling them the 'best musicians in the world' should really get a season pass to the metro orchestra in the area.  The added bonus is that you'll be hearing music that wont be forgotten in 50 years.
 
2014-03-01 06:17:30 PM

puckrock2000: TedCruz'sCrazyDad: Keywork99: Farty McPooPants: Did Rutsey stay a part of the band in some capacity?  He was the heart of it all in the beginning and it wasn't like he simply quit or had creative differences.  Anybody know?

No, he didn't. I don't know what he did after he left the band immediately afterwards, but I know it had nothing to do with the band at all. Alex said in an interview once that John either ran a gym or was a bodybuilder or something up in Canada. I'm not exactly sure what, but it had something to do with athletics. He died in 2008.


That makes no sense. He had diabetes so bad that he couldn't tour and they had to kick him out of the band. But then became a body builder?

Sounds like Geddy and Alex were convinced by the record label to ditch him.

Pete Best - is that you?

According to Wiki, it was a combination of diabetes, drinking, and the inevitable "musical differences" that led to his departure/dismissal from the band.




Musical differences? Geddy has never written a song has he? I thought Neil wrote everything?
 
2014-03-01 06:17:47 PM
Aww..Bless your heart
 
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